10/30/2006 12:00AM

Eleven stakes in three days


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A nasty combination of heavy rain and strong winds forced the cancellation of all but one of 18 races scheduled for Aqueduct last weekend. It also meant that this upcoming weekend will be top-heavy with stakes activity.

Between Friday and Sunday, Aqueduct will host 11 stakes races, including seven graded events.

The Nashua and Tempted - both Grade 3's scheduled for Sunday - had to be scrapped last Sunday when racing was canceled after the first race. The jockeys said the windy conditions - gusts were reported at more than 50 miles per hour at nearby John F. Kennedy airport - created unsafe conditions for man and horse alike.

The Nashua and Tempted were rescheduled for Friday. Both races are open to original nominees and supplements and will be redrawn on Wednesday.

The postponement of the Nashua, for juvenile colts and geldings, was met with mixed reaction from trainers with the two prominent horses in the field.

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of the impressive debut winner Day Pass, had been leery of running his colt back just three weeks after his last race.

"It actually helps us because we were running back on 22 days; five more days is a help," McLaughlin said. "He got to work again and worked well, so we plan on running."

Day Pass worked four furlongs in 48.40 seconds Monday over Belmont Park's training track.

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Nashua starter Cowtown Cat, was not as enthusiastic about the delay. Cowtown Cat worked five furlongs in 1:02.09 over the training track.

"The way he worked this morning I wish he could've run [Sunday]," Pletcher said. "Hopefully, it doesn't throw us off schedule too much. I thought he worked really well this morning. He's a big, sturdy horse; it shouldn't be problem."

The others that were entered in the race - Sipsey, Pink Viper, Sightseeing, and Trading Star - are all likely to enter back in the Nashua, run as a one-turn mile.

Fifty Frame well set for Wednesday

A first-level allowance race for New York-bred males headlines Wednesday's nine-race card at Aqueduct. Fifteen were entered, but only 12 will be permitted to run.

Fifty Frame, who was second at this condition at odds of 10-1 at Belmont on Sept. 30, could be the one to beat this time around. He was running as a gelding for the first time in his last start, and showed marked improvement over his previous races.

"He was really nervous up at Saratoga for one race, and he came back with a little bit of a problem," trainer Richard Schosberg said. "I kept kicking myself for not gelding the horse early. I think it helped. He certainly ran a good one that day. I always though the horse had some talent - his breezes had been good. He just wasn't giving us 100 percent all the time."

Fernando Jara will ride Fifty Frame from post 9.

Other contenders in the field are Lion at the Gate and Ketch Up Boy, who both return off lengthy layoffs,. Both have run races good enough to beat this field.

Pletcher: No Green Monkey talk now

Wondering how The Green Monkey's doing? Don't ask.

The Green Monkey, who sold for a world record $16 million at a

2-year-old in training sale in March, worked five furlongs over the training track on Monday. He was credited with a final time of 1:05.36.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who is busy preparing 18 horses for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Championships, didn't have much to say about the move.

"I'm not going to answer any Green Monkey questions this week," Pletcher said. "You guys got enough to write about."

* Nobiz Like Shobiz, working about a sixteenth of a mile in front of Scat Daddy, who defeated him in the Champagne, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.97 Monday morning under regular rider Cornelio Velasquez. Nobiz Like Shobiz, second in the Champagne, is being pointed to the $200,000 Remsen on Nov. 25.