04/07/2005 11:00PM

Mr. Whitestone receives class relief


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After chasing Don Six in a pair of stakes over Aqueduct's inner track, Mr. Whitestone should find things a bit easier Sunday, when he heads an eight-horse field in an optional claiming race at six furlongs over the main track.

is one of four horses running under the fourth-level allowance condition of the race; four others are being offered for the $100,000 claiming price.

The last time Mr. Whitestone ran in such an optional claiming race over the main track, he won a 6 1/2- furlong race by 4 1/2 lengths. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 106 in that race.

Off that race, Mr. Whitestone ran second behind Don Six in the Grade 3 Gravesend before finishing third to that rival in the Paumonok on Jan. 29. Don Six, who was beaten a nose in the General George, was scheduled to run in Saturday's Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

"He's just not as good as those horses," Dutrow said. "But if we claim one like him for $50,000 all the time we'll be very happy."

Mr. Whitestone, who breaks from post 8 under Julian Pimentel, does his best running late, and he should get a solid pace to close into with Uncle Camie, Korbyn Gold and Philadelphia Jim in the field.

finished last in the Paumonok, but was found to have displaced his palate and has since undergone throat surgery, according to trainer Mike Hushion. Two starts back, Uncle Camie won a third-level allowance race by 1 3/4 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 107.

"I think he's this far away from being serious," said Hushion, holding two fingers centimeters apart. "I've always felt this way."

Uncle Camie breaks from post 7 under Richard Migliore.

Like Mr. Whitestone, will appreciate a contested pace. Trained by Allen Iwinski, Houston's Prayer comes off a third behind Primary Suspect and Shake You Down in the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap over the inner track March 12. Apprentice Channing Hill will guide Houston's Prayer from post 2.

Wild Jam has improved with each of his three starts over the inner track and finally cleared the third-level allowance hurdle with a 1 1/4-length victory over the inner track March 16. Wild Jam is saddled with top weight of 123 pounds, conceding 3 to 10 pounds to the rest of the field.

My Poker Player and Albert E. complete the field.