03/08/2008 1:00AM

No place like home for Sir Greeley


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Sir Greeley made a triumphant homecoming Saturday, rallying along the rail and running past Man of Danger inside the eighth pole to win the Grade 3, $106,200 Toboggan Handicap by three-quarters of a length at sloppy Aqueduct.

It was 1 3/4 lengths back to Ravalo in third. Bold Start and Santana Strings completed the order of finish.

Sir Greeley, making his first start since finishing last in the Cigar Mile here last November, had wintered in south Florida, but trainer Jimmy Jerkens could not find a suitable race to run him in. Jerkens shipped him up here from the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, where he had been training extremely well.

As expected, Man of Danger, under C.C. Lopez, set the early pace, running fractions of 22.10 seconds and 44.59 for the opening half-mile. Eibar Coa had Sir Greeley stalking from the inside before making his move inside the furlong marker. Sir Greeley, owned by Timber Bay Farm and Mrs. Thomas Walsh, covered the six furlongs in 1:10.22.

"He broke fine, just sat behind the speed, and the rail was open the whole way for me," said Coa, riding at Aqueduct for the first time since Dec. 30. "When I asked him he gave me something extra."

Steve Moyer, the assistant to Jerkens, said Sir Greeley shipped north in excellent fashion and ran to his training and looks.

"He was on his 'A' game, he fired," Moyer said. "We're very, very happy."

Moyer said Sir Greeley may run back in the Grade 1 Carter here on April 5. Sir Greeley was beaten a neck in the 2006 Carter.

Jockey fees increase

New York jockeys will be getting a slight raise under an agreement reached between the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Jockeys' Guild.

The major effect is that mount fees for finishing third or below in a race with a purse less than $100,000 will be set at $100. Previously, those fees ranged from $50 to $80 depending on the purse of the race. That same mount fee on a race with a purse of $100,000 or higher will remain at $105 for third-place finishes or worse.

"It has been more than 15 years since riders last had an increase," said trainer Rick Violette, the NYTHA president. "The jockeys were due for an increase, and I am pleased we were able to come to an agreement that is fair to both the horsemen and the riders."

Arboleda out indefinitely

Apparently, jockey Aldo Arboleda's injuries are worse than first thought. The 20-year-old Arboleda will be sidelined indefinitely with a back injury that could include a fractured T-6 vertebra as the result of a spill in Thursday's last race.

According to jockey Ramon Dominguez, who has visited Arboleda daily, Arboleda remained hospitalized as of Saturday, though he was expected to be transferred from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

"The doctors said it wouldn't require surgery," Dominguez said. "He will need physical therapy."