03/06/2009 12:00AM

Comeback filly a threat


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Though Winning Point has not won a race in two years and has not run in a race in nearly seven months, she looms a major player in Sunday's $65,000 Am Capable Stakes at Aqueduct.

The Am Capable, run at one mile around two turns, is restricted to fillies and mares who have never won a stakes race. Of the six fillies and mares entered, Winning Point has been the closest to winning a stakes, finishing second in four such events as a 3-year-old in 2007.

But since losing the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks by a head on July 14, 2007, Winning Point has raced only twice. She was beaten one length in a third-level allowance race at Belmont last June 11 before finishing last in a similar spot in the slop at Saratoga last August.

According to Barry Irwin of Team Valor International, which co-owns the filly with Morris Bailey, Winning Point suffered some bone bruising after the Delaware Oaks. Irwin said that Winning Point did not move as fluidly in her two starts in 2008 - both for new trainer Kiaran McLaughlin - and the decision was made to give the filly another break.

Irwin said Winning Point spent "a ton of time" at the Kentucky Equine Spots Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic in Lexington, Ky., where swimming was part of her regimen.

She resumed training in December with McLaughlin at Palm Meadows in Florida and has "been working like an absolute freak," according to Irwin. Her last three breezes have been at Belmont Park.

If Winning Point is able to replicate her 3-year-old form on Sunday, she would appear to tower over this field.

Trainer Tom Bush has entered Aristo in the Am Capable just 15 days after she finished a well-beaten second to Weathered in the Rare Treat. Aristo won a second-level New York-bred allowance race by a nose at a mile over the inner track two starts back.

"She's a very hearty, strong filly who takes her races well and puts a lot into her training," Bush said. "I'm a little concerned coming back that close, but it looked like it didn't take the wind out of her sails. I'm going to freshen the filly after this race and try her on the turf."

Lucky Revival comes off a second-place finish to Seventh Street in a second-level allowance on Jan. 8 and gets Ramon Dominguez for trainer Bruce Levine.