01/15/2003 12:00AM

Finally, a spot for Saskya


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Saskya enters her 5-year-old season a relatively fresh mare. It is not by design. Since November, Saskya has been scratched from four stakes at three locations along the East Coast because of wet tracks.

Although light snow is in the forecast for Friday, Saskya should find a fast track at Aqueduct where she will face six rivals in a $54,000 classified allowance. The six-furlong race could serve as a stepping-stone to the $75,000 Correction Handicap here on Feb. 1.

Since winning a third-level allowance race on Nov. 2, Saskya has only run once, finishing second behind a loose-on-the-lead Look of the Lynx in a classified allowance over the inner track. She was entered in the Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day, but scratched when the track came up sloppy.

"She's been scratched in four stakes races,'' trainer Tom Bush said. "The owner has paid a lot of money in entry fees. I had her in Philly Park twice, once at Laurel, and once at Aqueduct. We've been trying to run her in some stakes where she could have a chance to get a placing. Hopefully, she runs well in this race and if she does, we'd try her back in the Correction.''

Saskya will break from post 6 under Mike Luzzi, the third-leading rider at this meet. Luzzi should be able to work out a stalking trip behind speed horses Miss Atticus, Astrid, and Persky.

"The filly likes to track on the outside and Luzzi is riding well,'' Bush said. "He can finish strong on a horse and that's what she needs.''

Literary Light is 2 for 2 since being claimed by trainer Richard Schosberg. She also was scratched out of the Interborough, in part because of the wet track. Literary Light should be close to the pace and blew out a swift three furlongs in 36.20 seconds on Saturday.

Astrid and Ozilda's Karen, the one-two finishers from a money allowance race at Philadelphia Park on Dec. 23, are entered in this race. Ozilda's Karen was beaten less than two lengths in that race while encountering traffic trouble.

Watch for Lopez-Servis magic

Last Saturday, jockey Chuck Lopez teamed up with trainer John Servis to win the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap. This Saturday, Lopez will try to give John's brother Jason a Grade 3 stakes victory when he rides Tempest Fugit in the Aqueduct Handicap.

Tempest Fugit, who finished third behind Evening Attire and Ground Storm in last year's Aqueduct Handicap, comes off a third-place in a classified allowance race over the inner track on Dec. 18. In that race, won by Ground Storm, Lopez had to check hard on Tempest Fugit approaching the five-sixteenths pole. He got shuffled back to last, but rallied along the rail to finish third.

Tempest Fugit had missed about 11 days of training leading up to that allowance race. Servis was stabled at Monmouth Park where he could only train his runners part of the time due to track conditions. Servis said he was stuck in New Jersey because some of the New York outfits were slow in shipping to Florida.

Also scheduled to run in the Aqueduct Handicap are Snake Mountain, Ground Storm, Voodoo, Cat's at Home, My Man Ryan, and Mr. Determined.

Fast locals may try General George

American Century and Affirmed Success, who last week ran the two fastest six-furlong races of the inner track meet, could square off in the $200,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 17.

Trainer Richard Schosberg said Affirmed Success came out of last Friday's performance in excellent shape. Affirmed Success ran six furlongs in 1:09.06, his first win at six furlongs in nearly five years.

"Right now, I'd have to say it's a definite possibility,'' Schosberg said of the General George, a race Affirmed Success won in 2000.

Wednesday, trainer Steve Klesaris said he would not wheel American Century back in the Paumonok here on Jan. 25, but would strongly consider the General George depending on how the field shapes up. American Century won a third-level allowance last Saturday, covering six furlongs in 1:08.93, the fastest six furlongs run over the inner track in three years.

"It would be the right time frame for him to run,'' Klesaris said. "It's certainly the right distance. The questions are who would be there, how well would he match up, and is it worth going? We'll be nominated and take a look.''

* Shaun Bridgmohan broke out of a 4 for 58 slump on Wednesday by riding three consecutive winners. Bridgmohan won the second with Short Note ($10), the third with Stroud ($3.50), and the fifth with Luft ($8.30). Mike Luzzi also rode three winners on Wednesday's card.

* Luis Castillo, the leading apprentice rider at Calder, made a successful New York debut on Wednesday, guiding Out Control ($10) to victory in the sixth race. Castillo, a 19-year-old native of Venezuela, retains his apprentice status through April 2. Doug Hatten is Castillo's agent.