11/04/2004 12:00AM

No Ghostzapper here to stop Aggadan


Here's all you need to know about Aggadan.

Four months ago, he finished closer to Ghostzapper than 11 of the 12 challengers did in last weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic. That group included such stars as Funny Cide, Birdstone, and Azeri.

After stringing together five consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, Aggadan drops in class to face Maryland-bred company for only the third time in the past year and shortens up substantially in distance for Saturday's $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Pimlico.

The 5-year-old Aggadan, based in New York with trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., recorded a career-best 110 Beyer when he finished second, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by Ghostzapper, in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap in early July. That's better than all but Roses in May did in Ghostzapper's decisive three-length win in the BC Classic.

Although he's primarily a sprinter, Aggadan's last two races going long were good efforts. He most recently finished second in the Maryland Million Classic at 1 3/16 miles.

Aggadan was the beaten favorite in last year's Challedon, which was contested over seven furlongs at Laurel Park. In addition to a new venue, this edition of the Challedon has been shortened to six furlongs.

My Poker Player and Crossing Point, the one-two finishers in last month's Maryland Million Sprint, are capable of winning if Aggadan is unable to run his "A" race on the cutback to a sprint.

The 4-year-old My Poker Player is 2 for 2 since he was claimed for $50,000 in Southern California and brought East under the care of trainer Bruce Levine.

Crossing Point, still dangerous at age 7, has mainly been facing open company, winning the Mountain State Handicap at Mountaineer and a high-priced optional claimer at Pimlico. He could be poised for a peak performance in the third start of his current form cycle.

Crossing Point figures to face pressure from the horse just to his inside, Move to Strike, a front-runner who comes off a win in the Sonny Hine.