10/31/2002 12:00AM

Cowdin rematch in Nashua


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A week after the country's best younger horses were showcased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in Chicago, another group of promising 2-year-olds will seek the limelight in Saturday's $100,000-added Nashua at Aqueduct.

A competitive field of eight colts entered the Grade 3 Nashua, a mile dirt race. Among the starters are the Cowdin winner and runner-up, Boston Bull and Roaring Fever, and the undefeated Added Edge.

Boston Bull, who drew the rail, and jockey John Velazquez, is coming off a powerful performance in the Grade 3 Cowdin on Oct. 13 at Belmont Park.

A Boston Harbor colt owned by Dogwood Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, Boston Bull won the 6 1/2-furlong Cowdin by four lengths over a sloppy track. A wet track is not likely on Saturday, but Boston Bull was equally impressive winning a maiden race over a track labeled fast at Belmont on Sept. 21.

"He's out of a Pleasant Colony mare, so he should stretch out to the mile," Pletcher said.

Added Edge, a Woodbine shipper, is undefeated in three starts, including a 8 1/4-length romp in the Silver Deputy and another comfortable victory in the Swynford in his last start, on Sept. 22.

Owned by Team Valor Stables and Robert J. Wilson, Added Edge is trained by Mark Casse.

Patrick Husbands rides from post 6.

Pretty Wild, the runner-up in the Hopeful and Futurity, has run some solid races this year. A Wild Again colt, Pretty Wild did disappoint when he finished fourth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Champagne.

Stanley Hough, who trains Pretty Wild, said the horse was fighting a virus when he ran in the Champagne on Oct. 5, but has recovered nicely and trained well.

Hough will equip Pretty Wild with blinkers. Pretty Wild, who drew post 4, also gets a rider change to Edgar Prado.

"I'd like him a little more focused," Hough said of the equipment change. "He does notice other horses around him a little bit." Trainer John Kimmel said he is erasing Outer Reef's last effort because he doesn't know what else to make of it. Outer Reef, who won a mile maiden race by 1 1/2 lengths on Sept. 14, ran back and finished seventh in the Champagne.

"It's an enigma why he ran so poorly," Kimmel said. "I was very surprised he wasn't on his way to the Breeders' Cup after the Champagne." Jerry Bailey rides Outer Reef, who figures to sit behind the main speed of Boston Bull, Roaring Fever, and Added Edge.

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