04/27/2003 11:00PM

Grey Comet will await Cab Calloway


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Gary Contessa has ruled out the Preakness for Grey Comet, the winner of Sunday's $150,000 Times Square Stakes at Aqueduct.

Before the Times Square, Contessa said he would consider the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 17, for New York-bred Grey Comet if the colt ran "really well." Contessa changed his mind after Grey Comet drifted out down the backstretch of the mile Times Square.

Monday morning, Contessa said Grey Comet exited the race in good order, but that he was puzzled as to why Grey Comet was bearing out under Jerrry Bailey. Grey Comet won the Times Square, a race restricted to the progeny of New York stallions, by a head over Raffit, who had won a maiden race in his prior start.

"He came out the race excellent," Contessa said. "I have no clue why he did what he did. He was getting out as bad as a horse can. Then suddenly, he switched leads and ran very strong. That was the end of the Preakness. I'm going to sit on him until the next Stallion Stakes race."

Contessa was referring to the $250,000 Cab Calloway at Belmont Park on June 8, which could turn out to be a rich payday for Peter and Marshall Winston, the owners of Grey Comet. By winning the Great White Way at Aqueduct last fall and the Times Square, Grey Comet is in position to earn a $100,000 bonus for his owners if he wins the Cab Calloway.

The Cab Calloway will be run at 1 1/8 miles.

Which race for Gander?

Trainer John Terranova said he will keep his options open with Gander, who is nominated to both this Sunday's $75,000 Kings Point against New York-breds and the $100,000 Westchester on opening day at Belmont Park, May 7.

Gander, who was second in last year's Kings Point, worked six furlongs in 1:12.25 over Belmont's main track on Monday.

"We will take a look at the weights and then go with our gut feeling," Terranova said. "He likes [Belmont], so we could wait a few days and run in the Westchester."

Alysweep preps for Withers

Alysweep, who won the Grade 3 Gotham and then finished seventh in the Illinois Derby, worked Monday over Belmont's main track for Saturday's $150,000 Withers. Alysweep covered five furlongs in 1:00.95 over a track labeled fast.

Also working for the Withers on Monday were Atfirst Blush, who worked a half-mile in 48.52 seconds, and Awesome Time, who covered the same distance in 47.24.

Other probables for the Grade 3 Withers, at a mile, are Halo Homewrecker, New York Hero, and Stanislavsky.

Volponi works a bullet

Among the notable workers on a busy work tab at Belmont's main track on Monday was Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi, who went five furlongs in 58.02, the fastest of 29 works at the distance.

Also working were Grade 1 winners Summer Colony, who covered five furlongs in 1:01.54, and Storm Flag Flying, who went a half-mile in 50.03.

Wednesday allowance feature

Wednesday begins the final five days of racing at the Aqueduct meet. The feature, which drew nine runners, is a second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and older. Among the contenders in the 1 1/8-mile race is the John Kimmel-trained entry of Addicks and Hydrogen.

Addicks was an easy winner over the inner track in his last start, on March 14, and has trained well since. Entrymate Hydrogen exits a third-place finish in the slop at Gulfstream Park on March 10.