11/01/2003 12:00AM

Loving Kindness back off long layoff


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - If things had gone according to plan, Loving Kindness wouldn't be eligible for Tuesday's $65,000 Trampoli at Aqueduct, an overnight turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies who have not won a stakes race in 2003.

Since arriving from Dubai in the spring, Loving Kindness has encountered numerous setbacks. The Trampoli marks Loving Kindness' first start since Feb. 20, when she finished fifth behind Danuta in the Moonshell Mile at Nad al Sheba.

She has not faced strictly fillies since her debut race.

"During the spring she went a little backward after she arrived here and during the summer she had bled through a couple of works," said Tom Albertrani, who trains Loving Kindness for Darley Stable. "We took our time with her, gave her a little time off until we felt she got through it. She's been doing well lately and we're finally able to get her up to a race."

Loving Kindness, a half-sister to stakes winners Snake Mountain and Glia, won her first two starts in France, including the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg Stakes in which she defeated males. After finishing third in a Group 1 at Deauville, Loving Kindness finished 10th to Hold That Tiger in the Grand Criterium last fall.

Loving Kindness, a daughter of Seattle Slew, will be one of 15 horses Albertrani will take to south Florida this winter as Darley will have a presence in North America on a year-round basis.

"Depending on how she runs we'll see what the next step is," Albertrani said.

The Trampoli, run at one mile, drew an overflow field of 15. Among the top contenders are Snowdrops, who finished a troubled eighth in the Lake George at Saratoga in July; and Coquettish, a Maryland shipper who finished second in a turf stakes at Pimlico in September.

Thunder Blitz drills for Stuyvesant

Trainer Bobby Frankel may be gone, but his presence will be felt in the Grade 3, $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap scheduled for Nov. 11. Thunder Blitz and El Gran Papa, who both raced for Frankel here earlier this year, are with other trainers.

Thunder Blitz, who won a second-level allowance race at Aqueduct in April, drilled six furlongs in 1:11.10 at Aqueduct on Friday for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

"When [Frankel] left he told me I could do anything I wanted with the horse; he's ready to roll," Dutrow said. "I believe he's right. I believe he's sitting on a top race and that's why I have chosen to point for the Stuyvesant. He's really doing good, and he likes Aqueduct."

Thunder Blitz, who won the 2001 Flamingo for trainer Joe Orseno, looked very good winning by six lengths at Aqueduct in April, but came out of that race with a foot injury.

In four starts since returning, he has two seconds, a third, and a fifth.

Meanwhile, El Gran Papa is now with Tom Bush after going 1 for 6 under Frankel's tutelage this year. His one win came in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

On Friday, El Gran Papa worked six furlongs in 1:15.03.

Among others pointing to the Stuyvesant are Almuhathir, Gander, Presidentialaffair, Private Lap, Regal Sanction, and Saarland.

McGaughey toughs it out

Daydreaming, who finished fourth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Frizette last month, has a small fracture in a back pastern and will be out until next year, trainer Shug McGaughey said.

"She just needed 60 days off; she's already had almost 30," McGaughey said. "I'm going to blister her and give her another 30 days. If everything's okay, I hope to have her ready to run in February in Florida."

Daydreaming won her maiden impressively at Saratoga, then stumbled badly leaving the gate when third as the favorite in the Spinaway.

Meanwhile, McGaughey said that Storm Flag Flying, the 2-year-old filly champion, had her comeback delayed by a popped splint bone suffered last month. The bone was freeze-fired and Storm Flag Flying has resumed training. McGaughey said the injury was no big deal, though it means that Storm Flag Flying will not come back to New York before shipping to Florida for the winter.

Storm Flag Flying is currently in training at Bill Harrigan's Miacomet Farm in Kentucky.