01/11/2007 12:00AM

Great Intentions gets spot to try stretchout


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Mike Hushion has always wanted to try Great Intentions around two turns, but never found what he felt was the appropriate spot. Until now.

Hushion and owner Barry Schwartz supplemented Great Intentions to Saturday's $65,000 Affectionately Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race over Aqueduct's inner track, and the multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter could be the main speed.

"I expect her to be on the lead,'' Hushion said of Great Intentions, who won the 2005 First Flight Handicap at Belmont and last October's Gallant Bloom, also at Belmont. "My orders to [Norberto] Arroyo are going to be go to the lead.''

Great Intentions, a daughter of Cat Thief, is coming off a miserable fourth-place finish in the Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day. The track was sloppy that day and Great Intentions has proven ineffective on an off track.

"I'm hoping the race was a throw-out because of the track condition, and that she didn't take a lot out of herself,'' Hushion said. "We always wanted to try her two turns anyway, so hopefully we used that as an easy work.''

Great Intentions will break from post 5, just inside of the other potential speed horse, Bobcat Greeley.

Homerette and Victory Pool are both coming out of restricted stakes victories over the inner track. Coming off a bad effort in the slop over the main track, Homerette won the Flat Fleet Feet Stakes from just off a slow pace.

"I'd like to win a real stake with her,'' trainer Pat Kelly said. "All she's won were restricted stakes. She was going to go on vacation. If she had run bad again last time she would have already been in [South] Carolina for a month.''

Victory Pool closed off a decent pace to win the Gold Beauty on Dec. 16. Victory Pool has never been worse than third in six inner-track starts, and trainer Ben Perkins Jr. is hopeful there will be enough pace to set things up for his filly, who breaks from the rail under Eibar Coa

Dina, a 5-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, seems to be improving but is winless in five inner-track starts. She did finish second behind Victory Pool last out.

"For some reason she doesn't like the kickback on the inner track and she gets untracked too late,'' said Steve Moyer, assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens. "She's been a lot more consistent, she's stronger, she's dappled out, her coat is super. I love the way she's getting over the ground right now.''

Pleasant Chimes, a multiple listed stakes winner, completes the field.