03/23/2007 12:00AM

Contessa sends four in National Treasure


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Gary Contessa is going all-out in search of National Treasure at Aqueduct.

Of the seven 3-year-old fillies entered in Sunday's $65,000 National Treasure, an overnight stakes scheduled at a mile and 70 yards, Contessa trains four. Bare Dancer and My Kitty, both minor stakes winners, will be coupled as they are owned by Darlene Bilinksi. Officer in Pursuit comes off a maiden win, and Sister Desiree is a private purchase making her first start for Contessa and Winning Move Stable.

"I have a legitimate chance to win it with any one of these four and stakes-placed means the world to every one of these horses," Contessa said when asked why he would run four horses in the same race.

Sister Desiree, a 3-year-old daughter of Valid Notebook, might be the most intriguing member of Contessa's quartet. She won a maiden special weight race at Calder going a mile last October and, most recently, was beaten a neck in a first-level allowance race on the turf at Gulfstream.

Contessa was looking to run her in an allowance race, but when it didn't fill he opted for the stakes.

"She's training very well, and coming out of Florida she just may run over the top of these horses," he said.

While Contessa may have the numbers, trainer David Donk may have the right one in Michele the Great. A 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, Michele the Great has blossomed this winter over the inner track, winning 2 of 3 starts and finishing third in the other.

Michele the Great enters the National Treasure off a New York-bred entry-level allowance win in which she led gate to wire, but she proved her ability to come from off the pace by winning a maiden race from post 10 in December.

"I think she's a better two-turn horse, and she's obviously run well on the inner which swayed me a little bit to run her," Donk said. "She doesn't have to have the lead. She really hasn't had it until last time."

Michele the Great has the rail and will be ridden by C.C. Lopez.

Greenstreet finished fourth in her only inner track try going two turns in November. Since then, she has won twice at Laurel Park for trainer Barclay Tagg. Although she has not run since Jan. 25, Greenstreet has been training steadily at Fair Hill Training Center.

Gentle Grace beat two next-out winners when she won a two-turn maiden race over the inner track on Feb. 8.