12/10/2003 12:00AM

No rest for Shake You Down


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shake You Down couldn't adapt to the rest-and-relaxation program that trainer Scott Lake mapped out for him, so he will return to action in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap on Dec. 21 at Aqueduct.

Lake figured Shake You Down, one of the top sprinters in the country, was due for a well-deserved vacation after finishing second to A Huevo in the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Nov. 15, Shake You Down's 12th start of the year. Shake You Down won six of those starts, including the Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup, Grade 3 Bold Ruler at Belmont Park, and the Grade 3 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, and he also finished third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25

"He didn't handle taking it easy too well," Lake said. "He wanted no part of it; he was tearing the barn down. He wasn't winding down like you would want a horse to."

In the De Francis, Shake You Down, who was the favorite, pressed the pace set by Crossing Point. Shake You Down had a short lead in midstretch but was outfinished by A Huevo, who won the race by 1 3/4 lengths.

"I didn't want him that close to the pace down the backstretch," Lake said. "He was about a half-length off Crossing Point. I was thinking he would have been about three or four lengths off the lead."

Mike Luzzi, Shake You Down's regular rider, has the mount in the Gravesend.

Lake's original plan for Shake You Down was a December freshening, with an eye on the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. Lake still intends to run in the Sunshine Millions race.

Seattle Fitz will run in Queens County

Seattle Fitz has entered the picture for Saturday's $100,000 Queens County. The Grade 3 Queens County was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed because of a snowstorm. The race will be redrawn Thursday and is open to the original nominees.

Seattle Fitz wasn't entered last week because the Queens County came on the heels of his last start in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28. Seattle Fitz finished fourth in the Grade 2 Clark, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Evening Attire, who crossed the finish line first but then was disqualified and placed second for interference.

Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains Seattle Fitz for West Point Thoroughbreds, said he didn't see any stakes for Seattle Fitz the rest of the year in New York, outside of the 1 3/16-mile Queens County.

"Looking ahead, there are stakes at six furlongs and a mile and five-eighths," McLaughlin said. "If we didn't run here, it would be next year sometime. I think he fits in with this group. If he runs well on Saturday, we might look ahead to the Donn at Gulfstream, but that's up to West Point."

Seattle Fitz won a second-level allowance race at Belmont on Sept. 27 by 10 1/2 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 111. In his next start, he finished in a dead heat for third in the Grade 3 Fayette at Keeneland. In the Clark, Seattle Fitz, who was ridden by John McKee, had good early position but lacked a closing punch in the stretch.

"The kid rode him great, but he was in the one-hole and did have to wait at the half-mile pole for something to open up," McLaughlin said.

Injury sidelines Snake Mountain

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens was hoping the delay in running the Queens County would allow him to start Snake Mountain, who won the race last year. Snake Mountain initially wasn't entered because of a foot bruise, but earlier this week, it appeared the bruise was clearing up. On Wednesday, when Jerkens was unable to work Snake Mountain, he changed his mind about running.

"I thought he was healing up, but when he galloped [Tuesday], he didn't come back too good," Jerkens said. "It must be a big abscess trying to work its way out."

Leedle Dee takes East View easily

Leedle Dee controlled the pace to win Wednesday's $81,050 East View Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths over Gold Finger. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to French Dish, the 8-5 favorite, in third. Sage's Fifty Six, Clarksburg Queen, and Wild Berry completed the order of finish in the 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old New York-bred fillies.

Capeside Lady, the morning-line favorite, was scratched after she came down with a fever.

The East View was originally scheduled for last Sunday, but was postponed because of a snowstorm.

Leedle Dee, who was ridden by C.C. Lopez in her stakes debut, covered the distance in a pokey 1:48.01 over a fast track. She returned $11.60.

Bob Barbara trains Leedle Dee for Jaz Kids Stable and Lawrence Klein.

Bridgmohan OK after accident

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan was sent to the hospital after Farber, his mount in Wednesday's first race, kicked his stomach as Bridgmohan was preparing to get on him in the paddock. Bridgmohan's agent, Matt Muzikar, said he expected Bridgmohan to be released from North Shore University Hospital early Wednesday evening after undergoing a CAT scan.

Muzikar said initial tests completed on Bridgmohan came back satisfactory, and Bridgmohan intended to ride Thursday.