04/19/2004 12:00AM

Earnings list keeps Eddington waiting


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Eddington worked a very fast half-mile at Belmont Park on Sunday, but the chances of him running in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1 are looking remote because of his lack of graded-stakes earnings.

Eddington's $95,000 in graded earnings places him 25th on the list of 3-year-olds being pointed to the Derby, and only the top 20 graded earners will start.

Mark Hennig said he is training Eddington with the Derby in mind, but said the Preakness at Pimlico on May 15 is looking like the more likely spot.

"I have a plane ready for him on entry day, and I plan on entering [the Derby]," Hennig said. "If he is 24th on the list, obviously, he won't get on the plane. The good thing is it's not like I'm cranking him up for nothing. He needs to train whether it's to run on May 1 or May 15."

Hennig said he planned for Eddington to work in about 48 seconds in his half-mile move Sunday, which came over a fast main track. His final time was 46.71, the fastest of 52 works at the distance. Jockey Pablo Fragoso was aboard Eddington.

"He went off really easy and relaxed, and Pablo said he had him under control," Hennig said. "But when he switched leads at the quarter pole, he took off and came home 22 and 3 for his last quarter."

In his last start, Eddington finished third in the Wood Memorial April 10.

Literary Light goes for first stakes

Literary Light will be back on her favorite surface when she runs in Wednesday's $60,000-added Capote Belle Stakes.

Six fillies and mares were entered in the six-furlong overnight stakes.

Literary Light, who is 4 for 5 over Aqueduct's main track, is looking for the first stakes win of her career. A 5-year-old who is trained by Richard Schosberg, Literary Light finished third last year in the Grade 3 Floral Park at Belmont.

Literary Light's last win came over Aqueduct's main track in November in a classified allowance race, which she won by 1 1/2 lengths in the mud. After that start, Literary Light lost three races over the inner track and hasn't run since Jan. 31.

"We freshened her up for the main track," said Schosberg. "The turns are a little tight for her on the inner, and she tends to make them much better on the main. She has primed herself really well for this; she's as good as she has ever been. I expect a good effort."

Literary Light, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post 4, worked a bullet half-mile in 47.43 at Belmont last Friday.

Elegant Mercedes is another horse for the course. A drawback for Elegant Mercedes, who is 5 for 5 over the main track, could be the distance. Her last four wins at Aqueduct have been in mile races.

Ladyecho, whose connections - trainer John Servis and jockey Stewart Elliott - are behind Kentucky Derby hopeful Smarty Jones, hasn't run since finishing second in the Grade 2 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 4. After winning the Dearly Precious at Aqueduct in February 2003, Ladyecho ran in nine more stakes and was never worse than fourth.

Allen Jerkens will saddle the uncoupled entry of Kitty Knight and Actcellent. Kitty Knight is coming off a second in a Gulfstream Park allowance race. Actcellent was third in that race, and came back to run poorly in the Banshee Breeze.

Se Me Acabo completes the field.

Buy the Sport recovering from colic

Buy the Sport, scratched from Saturday's Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap because of a bout of colic, is recovering nicely, according to her trainer, Bobby Barbara.

Buy the Sport showed symptoms of colic on Friday evening. On Saturday, Barbara accompanied Buy the Sport to New Jersey Equine Clinic to make sure the colic didn't turn into something serious. She returned to Belmont later that day.

"She's fine; it was a little colic," Barbara said. "We'll give her a couple of days off and wait it out."

Barbara said he had no immediate plans for Buy the Sport, who won the Grade 1 Gazelle at Belmont in September in her first start in this country. The Bed o' Roses was to be her first start of the year.

Evening Attire gets set for Ben Ali

On Sunday, Evening Attire left New York on a plane bound for Kentucky to run in Thursday's $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland. His trip to Kentucky is his first since November, when he was disqualified from first to second in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Cornelio Velasquez, who rode Evening Attire in the Clark, will have the mount again in the 1 1/8-mile Ben Ali, which is run under allowance conditions. Evening Attire will carry 116 pounds.

Evening Attire, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.49 at Belmont on Saturday, finished a game second to Funny Cide in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct on April 3, his last start.

Trained by Pat Kelly, Evening Attire was assigned high weight of 125 pounds as a designated main-track starter for Saturday's $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap, the first scheduled grass stakes of the year in New York.

McLaughlin four likely won't run

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin nominated four horses to the Grade 3 Fort Marcy: L'Oiseau d'Argent, Millennium Dragon, Raneem, and Steadfast and True. McLaughlin said, however, that none of his horses are likely to run.

Millennium Dragon and Slew Valley, who is expected to run, were assigned high weight of 119 pounds.

Probables for the 1 1/16-mile grass race include Charge (113), Quantum Merit (114), and Remind (115).

* Wednesday marks the return of turf racing to New York. Three grass races - a maiden race, a claiming race, and a New York-bred allowance - are on the nine-race card.

* Fragoso will begin his career as a journeyman on Wednesday. Fragoso, who won Aqueduct's 2003-2004 inner-track title and was the leader at the spring meet, is named on four horses.