04/14/2005 11:00PM

Funny Cide nears '05 bow

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Funny Cide is gearing up for the Kings Point Handicap on May 1.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Funny Cide is getting close to a race. The New York-bred horse of the year for the second straight year in 2004, Funny Cide returned from Florida to Belmont Park on Monday. On Friday, he breezed six furlongs on the main track in 1:13.02, the fastest of four workouts at the distance.

"It was a very good work for him, and he did it the right way, going his first quarter in 24 4/5 [seconds]," said assistant trainer Robin Smullen, who was aboard for the work. "He jogged Tuesday and Wednesday, galloped on Thursday, and had this nice work today. He's doing very well."

, 5, is scheduled to make his 2005 debut on May 1 in the $75,000 Kings Point Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for New York-breds.

The Kings Point will be a prep for his main goal this spring, the Pimlico Special on May 20.

"He is so strong right now," said Smullen. "Not just in how he is training, but how he looks. He is just massive."

Volatility ties long-standing record

Volatility, a 3-year-old colt trained by the red-hot trainer Mike Hushion, equaled a 42-year-old track record in Friday's eighth race, winning a 5 1/2-furlong dash in 1:02.71.

To the best of anyone's knowledge, races at that distance have not been run at Aqueduct for decades, and back when they were carded here they were mainly for 2-year-olds. Volatility technically equaled the mark set by Raise a Native, who as a 2-year-old on July 17, 1963 ran the distance in 1:02.60, when races were timed in fifths of a second.

Volatility, who improved to 2 wins from 3 starts, stalked pacesetter Concorde's Edge and odds-on favorite War Plan from third position through fractions of 22.29 and 44.29 seconds, rallied three wide into the stretch, and defeated War Plan by a half-length.

Volatility, a colt by 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Gilded Time, returned $13.40 to win, and gave Hushion his 10th winner in 26 starters for the meet. With 12 days remaining at the spring meet, Hushion was tied with Richard Dutrow Jr. for most wins among trainers

* Sunday's feature is a two-other-than allowance that drew five 4-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles. Strategy, second by a half-length as the even-money choice in her first start of the year March 30, looms a slight favorite over Auntie Inda Attic.