12/30/2004 12:00AM

Kelly plots path for N.Y.-breds

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Pelham Bay, winning the restricted Maid of the Mist Stakes in October, will likely face open company in Sunday's $75,000 Ruthless Stakes.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With his older stars Evening Attire and Riskaverse on vacation in Florida, trainer Pat Kelly is trying to figure out what do to next with his potential New York-bred stars Pelham Bay and Naughty New Yorker.

Pelham Bay and Naughty New Yorker, who both turn 3 on Saturday, will most likely have to make their next starts against open stakes company. Pelham Bay, who won the restricted Maid of the Mist Stakes in October, is likely to start in Sunday's $75,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Naughty New Yorker, an 8 1/2-length winner of the restricted Damon Runyon Stakes on Dec. 12, could make his next start in the $75,000 Count Fleet on Jan. 8.

For Pelham Bay, the Ruthless would constitute a cutback in distance from 1 1/16 miles to six furlongs. Kelly could wait two weeks and run Pelham Bay in the $75,000 Busanda Stakes at a mile and 70 yards.

"I'm kind of in between a rock and a hard place," Kelly said. "This time of year there's no mile-and-an-eighth race."

Pelham Bay, a daughter of Smart Strike, won her maiden at five furlongs and took an allowance at Saratoga going 6 1/2 furlongs. She relished the one-turn mile of the Maid of the Mist, winning by 4 1/2 lengths, before finishing third in the East View on Dec. 5.

Successfully Sweet won the East View in gate-to-wire fashion after the other speed horse in the field stumbled at the start.

"The track was in one of its speed-favoring modes, and we ended up chasing all the way and giving everybody weight," Kelly said. "We didn't finish as well as I expected."

The Ruthless would be the third meeting between Pelham Bay and Megascape. Megascape beat Pelham Bay in the Joseph A. Gimma, while Pelham Bay returned the favor in the Maid of the Mist. Megascape has since come back to beat open company in the Grade 3 Valley Stream Stakes.

Megascape completed preparations for the Ruthless on Thursday by working four furlongs in 47.84 seconds over Belmont's training track.

Others pointing to the Ruthless are Academy Brass, Dancin on Broadway, either Maysville or Queen o'the Ship, and Patty Girl.

Naughty New Yorker fits Count Fleet

Galloping Grocer may be regarded as the top New York-bred 3-year-old prospect, but Naughty New Yorker is quickly developing into one himself. Having won his last two starts by a combined 18 3/4 lengths, Naughty New Yorker, a son of Quiet American, has shown that longer distances may suit him better.

A start in next Saturday's Count Fleet Stakes would not be out of the question. The 90 Beyer Speed Figure that Naughty New Yorker earned winning the Damon Runyon is the highest among the 19 nominees to the mile and 70-yard Count Fleet.

Meanwhile, Kelly reported that Evening Attire and Riskaverse are vacationing at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala and will be pointed to campaigns in 2005.

Kissin Saint sold to Buckram Oak

Kissin Saint, who as a 3-year-old finished third behind Empire Maker and Funny Cide in the Wood Memorial, has been sold to Buckram Oak Farm. He most likely will be pointed to the King's Cup, a marathon race run in mid-February in Saudi Arabia, according to trainer Laurie Lafavers.

"He's here for a little while, but he's going to Saudi Arabia," Lafavers said. "Hopefully, we'll get a race into him before he leaves."

Kissin Saint was nominated to Wednesday's Gallant Fox Handicap, but had missed some training while the sale was pending and did not run. Peter Karches, a NYRA vice chairman, previously owned Kissin Saint, who was trained by Lisa Lewis.

Free admission, parking start Sunday

Beginning Sunday and lasting through March 6, Aqueduct will offer free grandstand admission and free general parking. Clubhouse admission will be lowered from $3 to $2 for the same period.

Also, 2005 season passes are now on sale either through mail or in person. Year-ground grandstand passes are $75, with senior passes available for $35. Year-round clubhouse passes are $150, and $100 for seniors. Patrons 62 or older qualify for senior citizen passes.

Season passes for Saratoga only are available for $100 (clubhouse) and $50 (grandstand).

The mailing address to order season passes is NYRA, Customer Service Dept., P.O. Box 90, Jamaica, NY 11417.

* Eric Donovan has been named the New York Racing Association's new morning-line oddsmaker, replacing the retiring Don LaPlace. Donovan, 27, takes over the job beginning with next Wednesday's card.

* Jose Espinoza, 1 for 45 since the inner track opened on Dec. 1, rode three winners from five mounts on Thursday's card. Espinoza won the fifth aboard Ide Got Style ($44.60), the sixth on Speed Bag ($30), and the eighth on Lady Libby ($16.20). Two of those victories came for trainer Steve Kappes, who had won just two races for the entire year.