11/11/2005 12:00AM

House Party gets tough group

Instead of running Smuggler in the Grade 2 Top Flight on Nov. 25, trainer Shug McGaughey will stick to his original plan and wait for next year.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The $65,000 House Party stakes, the supporting feature at six furlongs Sunday at Aqueduct, attracted a field of seven fillies and mares with extensive graded-stakes experience. Bank Audit and Ebony Breeze should be the two top choices.

Bank Audit won a pair of Grade 2 handicaps in the spring, the Distaff Breeders' Cup at the Big A and the Genuine Risk at Belmont Park.

Ebony Breeze was second in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga and third in the Grade 3 Endine Handicap at Delaware Park in her last two outings.

Smuggler won't run in Top Flight

Trainer Shug McGaughey flirted with the idea of bringing Smuggler back for the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap here on Nov. 25, but opted to stick with the game plan and wait until next year.

"I had it in mind to maybe run in the Top Flight, but I don't think there's really any reason to do that," McGaughey said.

Smuggler will likely return in Florida over the winter. McGaughey has not selected a target race or date.

Smuggler was one of the leading 3-year-old fillies earlier this year with wins in the Coaching Club American Oaks and the Mother Goose. She spiked a fever that kept her out of the Alabama at Saratoga, a key divisional race of the summer. When the fever recurred, McGaughey declared her out for the year.

Crown Point may face elders

Crown Point, still looking for his first win this season, might tackle older horses for the first time in the Grade 3, $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap on Saturday.

"He's doing extremely well and I obviously will take a look at it," said trainer David Donk.

Winless in 10 starts this year, the 3-year-old Crown Point has earned $182,633 by hitting the board six times, including a pair of Grade 3 runner-up checks in the Pegasus Stakes at The Meadowlands and the Jamaica Handicap at Belmont.

Crown Point should be fresher after a demanding stretch in which he ran in three stakes in 24 days, concluding with a third-place finish at 1-2 in Belmont's off-the-turf Lawrence Realization on Oct. 23.

"I talked myself into running him in the Lawrence Realization because it was such a light spot," Donk said. "He's a tough horse who loves to train, a good-feeling horse. After they ran, I wished I hadn't."

Crown Point has run on the main track in his last three starts after starting the season on the turf, and Donk believes the colt will be an effective winter runner at Aqueduct.

Princess Sweet eyes Valley Stream

The unbeaten Princess Sweet could make her debut against open company in the Grade 3, $100,000 Valley Stream Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs on Nov. 20.

A New York-bred daughter of Precise End, Princess Sweet made her debut on Nov. 3 at Aqueduct with a 9 1/4-length romp. Three days later, she rolled to 4 3/4-length victory in the Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

"She's brilliantly fast," said trainer Linda Rice. "I just think she deserves the opportunity. It would be very nice if we could get her stakes placed in a Grade 3.

"I know it will be a different group, a much tougher group of horses.

I think at this point she's ready to step to open company and give it a shot."

Rice is considering Motor City Mama for the $75,000 East View Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 4. She overcame an early stumble to win her maiden by four lengths against statebreds going six furlongs at Belmont on Oct. 2.

* Silver Strings, fourth in the fourth race at Saratoga on Aug. 27, was disqualified from purse money following a postrace positive for the sedative fluphenazine. The stewards took no action against trainer Lisa Lewis.

* Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. ended Golden Man's string of five straight stakes appearances when he dropped the gelding into Friday's first race at Aqueduct, a claimer for 3-year-olds. Golden Man ran second to Wing Man, and nobody reached in for the $40,000 tag.

* Joe Torre, the New York Yankees manager, visited the Big A paddock before the seventh race. Torre is co-owner, along with trainer Bobby Frankel, of Sagitta Ra, a 4-year-old filly who stumbled early in the seventh and finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite.