04/21/2004 12:00AM

Kitty Knight scores


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Kitty Knight drew away to a two-length win over the favorite, Elegant Mercedes, in Wednesday's $59,350 Capote Belle Stakes at Aqueduct.

Ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., Kitty Knight stalked pacesetter Literary Light and took the lead at the top of the stretch in the six-furlong Capote Belle.

Kitty Knight's stablemate Actcellent finished third, a length behind Elegant Mercedes. Ladyecho and Literary Light completed the order of finish.

Kitty Knight ($5.60) covered the distance in 1:10.43 over a fast track.

Allen Jerkens trains Kitty Knight for Bohemia Stable.

Post time for the Capote Belle was posted as 4:23 p.m. on the tote board, but the race went off a minute early. The horses were loaded into the gate at 4:21 and broke shortly before 4:22. Steward Carmine Donofrio said that two minutes between races were added on Wednesday with the start of turf racing.

Westchester next for Saarland

Saarland, who finished fourth as the favorite in an optional claimer on March 18, will run next in the $100,000 Westchester Handicap on opening day of the Belmont Park meet, May 5.

Last year, Saarland finished second as the favorite in the Grade 3 Westchester.

In Saarland's last race, his first since November, he was beaten a length by the winner, It's So Simple. Saarland finished three-quarters of length ahead of graded-stakes winner Snake Mountain in the five-horse field.

"I thought he ran fine," said Shug McGaughey, Saarland's trainer. "I think everyone was worried which one of us [Saarland or Snake Mountain] was going to win and we laid a little closer than usual, so maybe he didn't kick as hard. He came out of the race with a little pulled muscle behind, and that might have made him less effective in the stretch."

McGaughey said he is very pleased with the way Saarland has trained since his last start. In his latest work, on April 17 at Belmont, Saarland covered a half-mile in 47.18 seconds, the second-fastest of 71 works at the distance.

Riskaverse back after winter break

Grade 1 winner Riskaverse is back in training at Belmont after a winter vacation at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla. The 5-year-old had her second breeze on April 17, covering three furlongs in 36.27 seconds.

Riskaverse hasn't run since winning the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22.

Pat Kelly, Riskaverse's trainer, said he is pointing the mare to the $250,000 Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, June 5. Last year, Riskaverse finished second in the Grade 2 Just a Game, a mile turf race.

Super Fuse to chase Kazoo again

Kazoo dueled through fast fractions in his last start and faded to sixth. In the same race, Super Fuse was the beneficiary of the speed duel and closed from last to win the seven-furlong race by a length on March 28.

Kazoo and Super Fuse meet again in Friday's $52,000 feature, an optional claimer at six furlongs. None of the horses in the five-horse field was entered to be claimed.

Super Fuse was overmatched when he ran back in the Grade 1 Carter on April 10 and finished fifth. Kazoo, who has defeated Super Fuse two out of the last three times they have met, hasn't run since his March 28 effort.

Kazoo, the main speed under Richard Migliore, drew post 4. First Blush, training well since his win at Gulfstream last month, figures to be close to the early pace.

Horse-for-course Multiple Choice has been beaten by both Kazoo and Super Fuse.

Completing the field is Raneem, who won a $50,000 claimer by five lengths under a hand ride in his last start.

Two N.Y. stallion stakes on Sunday

On Sunday, the first two races in a series of eight stakes for the progeny of New York stallions will be run: the $150,000 Park Avenue for 3-year-old fillies, and the $150,000 Times Square for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

The New York Stallion Stakes series is worth a total of $1.25 million in purses for 2004. In order for a horse to be eligible to compete, both the horse and his sire must be nominated to the series.

The other New York Stallion Stakes on the 2004 schedule are the $250,000 Cab Calloway (Aug. 4), $250,000 Statue of Liberty (Aug. 5), $125,000 Fifth Avenue (Nov. 7), $125,000 Great White Way (Nov. 7), $100,000 Perfect Arc (Nov. 7), and $100,000 Cormorant (Nov. 7).

A $100,000 owners' bonus links the 2-year-old races in the fall, the Fifth Avenue and Great White Way, with the 3-year-old races in the spring and summer - the Park Avenue, Times Square, Cab Calloway, and Statue of Liberty.

Probable starters for the Times Square are West Virginia, Chowder's First, Eros, Heathrow, Icicle Charlie, Pa Pa Da, Pay Attention, Tomorrows Magic, and Bogota Bill.

West Virginia won last year's Great White Way, and his owners, Mary and Don Zuckerman, are eligible to win the bonus if their colt wins the Times Square and Cab Calloway.

A small field is expected for the Park Avenue, including Ihaveadate, Judy Soda, Priscilla's Flag, Sharp Brunette, and Wheezer.