11/29/2005 1:00AM

Inner track may elevate Potrisunrise


Trainer Bruce Levine knows Potrisunrise loves the Aqueduct inner track. The one time Potrisunrise ran over it, last February, he was a smashing winner. In Thursday's featured eighth race, Levine will find out if liking the course is enough to get the 8-year-old back into a positive groove.

The six-furlong race, an allowance with an optional claiming price of $75,000, has attracted a tough band of seven horses chasing a $49,000 purse.

A return to top form might make Potrisunrise the horse to beat. After shipping to the Southern California circuit from Argentina, Potrisunrise ran well against high-priced claimers. He was claimed by Levine in August 2004 and has since made a splash on the New York circuit, winning 8 of 11 starts here. After winning 2 of 3 starts at Saratoga this summer, Potrisunrise went to the sidelines for a couple of months. He returned on Aqueduct's main track on Nov. 11, chasing the pace and tiring to finish fourth, but he can improve in his second race back. It helps, too, that he has won 4 of 5 starts at the six-furlong distance - and Eibar Coa, who rode him last time, rides him again.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who sends out the entry of Call the Lord and Stonewood, also figures to have a say in the race.

, 3, hasn't run since March, but his last win came in a Turfway Park stakes race, so he obviously has ability. He is also proven in the mud (2 wins in 3 lifetime starts), should rain fall as predicted, and he has won all three of his starts at six furlongs.

Yet may be Dutrow's more dangerous runner. Stonewood comes off a win against $50,000 claimers just four days earlier, on Sunday. The class hike is encouraging, as is the quick turnaround.

All Hail Stormy chased a hot pace in the Fall Highweight here last Thursday and faltered, but should appreciate the drop in class and has the speed to be in this race right from the start. Allen Jerkens trains, and Fernando Jara rides.

Spooky Mulder, 7, comes off a couple of disappointing stakes tries at Delaware and The Meadowlands for trainer Scott Lake. But the old boy is tough and fast and has plenty of heart. He has a noteworthy 22 wins and is a proven commodity on the inner track, with 2 wins in 3 starts there. He doesn't care about track condition, either, as 15 of the 22 wins came on fast tracks and seven on wet surfaces.