02/13/2007 1:00AM

Mister Supremo taking step up


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Ten older sprinters, including four couplings, entered Thursday's third race at Aqueduct. A maximum of eight will run in the $49,000 optional claimer with third-level allowance conditions, because both halves of two of the entries have the same rider named.

The Tony Dutrow-trained entry of Mister Supremo and Morine's Victory have Eibar Coa listed to ride.

Mike Smith is named on Mr. Umphrey and City Attraction, either of whom will be saddled by Juan Rodriguez, deputizing for the suspended Richard Dutrow Jr.

The field also includes the Bruce Levine-trained entry of Bookmaster and Run Thruthe Sun and the Paraneck Stable duo of Pavo and Interior Designer for trainer Alan Klanfer.

Super Fuse, who drops from a third-place finish in the recent Paumonok Handicap for trainer Chris Englehart, and Southern Missile, claimed for $35,000 by Leah Gyarmati from a front-running win last out, are the uncoupled members of a diverse group that has combined for 63 victories.

Mister Supremo and Morine's Victory have accounted for one-third of that total. Mister Supremo has won 3 of 7 starts since arriving from Florida last summer, and he lost the other four by a half-length or less.

"I really want to run Mister Supremo," said Tony Dutrow, who claimed the gelding from his final start of 2006 for $75,000 and won a second-level allowance with him first out as a 4-year-old. "He's a hard-running horse. I know this is a step up, but he's ready and I want to give him a chance to run against better horses."

Morine's Victory has won 13 of his last 24 starts, and was unlucky to lose his first start off a claim by Tony Dutrow when necked by the venerable Spooky Mulder.

"I walked out of the grandstand and said, 'Wow, what a horse Spooky is,' " Dutrow recalled.

Race 8 is a $47,000 second-level allowance/optional claimer at six furlongs that drew seven older fillies and mares, including Tony Dutrow's pair of Just Starting (Mike Luzzi named to ride) and Mint Landing (Shaun Bridgmohan), each making her first start of the year.

"I'm going to have to run both of those fillies," said Dutrow. "It's been difficult in New York getting this type of race to go."

Mint Landing has been in the money in 16 of her 18 career starts, while Just Starting has won 9 of 18. Both were entered for the $60,000 claim price, as were Gold Like U and Game Card.

Generosity, Love Strikes and Hilarious Gift complete the field.