04/23/2007 11:00PM

Four stakes in meet's final days


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The long Aqueduct session concludes with a four-stakes weekend. On Saturday, the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile shares top billing with the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaugay Handicap for fillies and mares - New York's first graded stakes of the year scheduled for turf.

Sunday's stakes doubleheader consists of the Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap for older males on turf at 1 1/16 miles, and the $65,000 Kings Point Handicap for New York-breds on the main track at 1 1/8 miles.

Grand Couturier, a close fourth to eventual Arc d'Triomphe winner Rail Link in the Groupo1 Grand Prix de Paris last year, and subsequently third in the Sword Dancer in his U.S. debut, is expected to make his first start in seven months in the Fort Marcy.

Also expected are Baron Von Tap, Ecclesiastic, Woodlander, and Pa Pa Da, the runner-up in last year's Fort Marcy. Possible starters are Ascertain, Cosmic Kris, Evening Attire, Minister's Joy and Yankee Master.

A field of six is taking shape for the Kings Point.

Funny Cide, last year's Kings Point winner, will attempt to defend his title after a failed experiment on Polytrack at Keeneland, but he will meet a tougher field this time. Also expected to run are Accountforthegold, wire-to-wire winner of the Stuyvesant Handicap on the main track last fall; Spite the Devil, an earner of nearly $850,000; Who What Win, who has been freshened since winning back-to-back races with triple-digit Beyers on the inner track; and Organizer and Carminooch, the one-two finishers from last fall's Empire Classic.

On Tuesday, Organizer worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.24 on Belmont Park's main track.

On the Belmont training track, Carminooch worked the same distance in 1:02.17.

Marital Asset stretches out against winners

Thursday's nominal feature is a first-level allowance on the main track that drew a short field of five older males. Marital Asset, who added blinkers for a four-length maiden win on the inner track in his last start, breaks from the rail and may be favored against R J's Brigade, Oedipus O'Neal, Tommasi, and Whoopi Again as he stretches out to 1 1/8 miles.

A forecast for showers could help R J's Brigade and Oedipus O'Neal, who have both won on wet tracks.

Tommasi wintered at Palm Meadows, where he posted a solid series of workouts in preparation for his 5-year-old debut. Tommasi is 2-1-0 from 3 starts on Aqueduct's main track, the two wins coming by a combined 12 lengths last April.