02/16/2008 1:00AM

Laysh Laysh Laysh apt to get favorable setup

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer David Jacobson took the path of least resistance when he opted to scratch Laysh Laysh Laysh from last month's Jimmy Winkfield Stakes and run instead in a first-level allowance race five days later.

But after rallying from 12 lengths back to win that allowance race, Laysh Laysh Laysh will take on the top three finishers from the Winkfield in Monday's Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct. A field of six was entered for the six-furlong Capossela, which heads a nine-race Presidents Day card.

Laysh Laysh Laysh has proven to be a very solid claim for Jacobson and his brother Doug. Since they took him for $50,000 last October, Laysh Laysh Laysh, a son of Whywhywhy, has a second and two wins. The second was to Saratoga Russell, who came back to win an allowance race last week at Gulfstream by 10 lengths.

Jacobson's instincts told him to add blinkers to Laysh Laysh Laysh after he claimed him, and the colt has responded with one effort better than the previous one.

"He came out of the race better than he went in it," Jacobson said of the colt's Jan. 26 allowance win. "He's just improving all the time. It's a question of how good is he."

He was good enough to take advantage of a speed duel in his last race, and the same scenario may present itself in the Capossela.

Go Go Shoot won the Winkfield in gate-to-wire fashion, helped out in part when the speedy Accredit got bothered at the break. Both of those horses, as well as Winkfield runner-up Law N Dora, are back in the Capossela.

Jim Ryerson, trainer of Go Go Shoot, believes his horse can come from off the pace if need be.

"I think he can sit, but I think he's a free-running horse," Ryerson said. "I don't necessarily think he has to be in front. I guess that maybe he still has to prove that still."

A wet track could help Go Go Shoot, who won his career debut by four lengths in the slop at the Meadowlands.

Red Reef could offer value in this five-horse field. He finished ahead of Go Go Shoot in the Capote Stakes at six furlongs before finishing last going two turns in the Count Fleet. In addition to cutting back to a sprint, Red Reef gets blinkers for the first time.

* Naughty New Yorker was scratched out of Saturday's John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel to head a five-horse field entered in the $65,000 Master Digby Stakes for New York-breds here on Monday.