02/08/2005 12:00AM

Hot pace would be dandy for 'Candy'


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Several of the older fillies and mares in Thursday's feature at Aqueduct were scheduled to meet last month, only to have the race wiped out due to a snowstorm. They are back again, along with some others who have been away from the races since last summer and early fall, so anything goes in this $47,000 third-level allowance with an optional claiming price of $75,000.

The six-furlong sprint drew a field of eight, and the three mares eligible to be claimed - She Is Raging, Electrical Carlita, and Candybedandy - have all won in this condition before.

She Is Raging has not raced in six months, but certainly fits at the level, and loves the inner track. She returned from a shorter layoff to win three straight races here last winter while rising through the class ranks, and by midsummer was setting the pace in stakes races with six-figure purses for trainer Bruce Levine.

is a confirmed early-speed runner, which sets the stage for a showdown with Electrical Carlita, a one-dimensional speedball who has led at the first call in at least her last dozen starts for Scott Lake.

also has a sterling record on the inner track, 5-3-0 from 10 starts, including two wins and a runner-up finish this winter. She was fortunate, however, to catch a sloppy, golden-rail speed bias last time out, when she hung on for a half-length triumph over Annika Lass.

, the most lightly raced runner in Thursday's field, sliced four lengths off Electrical Carlita's lead in deep stretch of their first meeting. She could be set up nicely if a pace duel develops.

Such a scenario could also work to the advantage of Candybedandy. The Trained by Gary Contessa, Candybedandy was thought of as primarily a turf runner until her next-to-last start, and first start on the inner track, when she rolled past Electrical Carlita for her first lifetime win on dirt.

returned two weeks later to finish last in the Interborough Handicap, while probably still feeling the effects of a lifetime-best Beyer Speed Figure. She has posted two solid five-furlong works since then, and may be poised to rebound.

Highgate Park, Meadow Fox, and Lovethatlegend are 4-year-olds with stakes experience, but not much in the way of recent activity. Highgate Park and Meadow Fox haven't raced in months, and Lovethatlegend plainly disliked the slop in her return from a layoff last month.

Completing the field is Fashion Girl, who has been off her best form on the inner track.