11/24/2008 12:00AM

Meet going out with a bang


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The last big week of the New York season begins with a $65,000 overnight stakes on Wednesday, gathers momentum with the Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving, and races to the finish with the Top Flight Handicap on Friday, followed by the Cigar Mile, Remsen, and Demoiselle on Saturday.

Wednesday's six-furlong Star De Lady Anne drew eight 3-year-old fillies, headed by Ididntmeantoo, 2 for 2 since given over to Rick Dutrow, capped by a hard-fought score in a second-level allowance opening week.

Ididntmeantoo may face pace pressure from A Rose for You, a shipper from Delaware Park who comes off back-to-back allowance wins for Mike Trombetta.

A duel between those two could set the table for Awesome I Am, who is dropping in class after finishing third in the Gazelle at Belmont and then spinning her wheels over Polytrack in the Raven Run at Keeneland.

"This looks like a more realistic spot for her right now," said trainer John Terranova. "She really didn't take to the synthetic track."

Terranova said jockey Calvin Borel told him, "She was bobbling all over and couldn't grab it."

Grand Champion going for repeat

Grand Champion, who returned to top form with blinkers on to beat He's So Chic and Songster in the mud three weeks ago, will have a rematch with those rivals as he seeks to win Thursday's Fall Highweight for the second straight year. The $100,000 sprint drew a strong field that includes Grade 1 winners Fabulous Strike and Idiot Proof, who will shoulder the most weight at 136 and 132 pounds, respectively.

Grand Champion blew out three furlongs in a bullet 35.67 seconds at Belmont on Monday.

First post Thursday is 11:25 a.m. Eastern.

Stakes-packed long weekend

Expected to head Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 Top Flight are last-out graded stakes winners Altesse and Leah's Secret. Rite Moment, Shining Image and Spectacular Malibu are also likely for the one-mile race.

Saturday's Cigar Mile is expected to be a mix of older horses Arson Squad, Bribon and Wanderin Boy, and 3-year-olds Harlem Rocker, Kodiak Kowboy, Storm Play, Tale of Ekati and Visionaire.

Before and after seven out-of-the-money finishes on synthetic tracks, Arson Squad won the 2007 Strub and last month's Meadowlands Cup, his first start for Rick Dutrow.

Storm Play is an unbeaten colt by Smart Strike who comes off a Beyer Speed Figure of 109 in the mud opening day for Jimmy Jerkens. He drilled five-eighths in 59.02 seconds at Belmont Monday, the fastest of 56 works at the distance.

Probable starters for the Remsen are: American Dance, Awesome Mich, Hello Broadway, Hold Me Back, Idol Maker, Old Fashioned, Rip Rap, and Viscount.

Expected for the Demoiselle are: Ain't Love Grand, Bluegrass Princess, Boleyn, Sky Diva, Stormy's Smile and Subprime.

The 1 1/8-mile Montauk rounds out the final week of racing on the main track Sunday. Borrowing Base, Here Comes Rita, Raffie's Treasure, Twistaway and Yet Again are eyeing the $75,000 route for New York-bred fillies and mares.

* The winterized inner dirt track is slated to open next Wednesday.