12/07/2005 12:00AM

Odd distance suits Trapped Again

Fall Highweight winner Attila's Storm is headed to the Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The last time Trapped Again raced the distance of 1 3/16 miles, he won the Kelso Handicap by 8 3/4 lengths and set a Delaware Park track record in the process. The next time Trapped Again runs 1 3/16 miles will be Saturday, when he takes on some classy older horses in the Grade 3, $100,000 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct.

Trapped Again, a 5-year-old son of Deputy Commander, ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.41 in winning the Kelso on Oct. 1. Since then, he finished fourth in the Grade 3 Lafayette at Keeneland and was beaten a neck in the Shecky Greene Stakes last month at Delaware.

Trapped Again, trained by Michael Gorham, will be looking to put a cap on a terrific year in which he earned $206,990. He has finished in the top three in eight of his 10 races and won two stakes.

"He has really been on his game lately,'' Gorham said. "In the Kelso, the pace was soft and he just took advantage of it and really finished. Last year, he ran [at Aqueduct] in a four-other-than and he was sick that night, had a lot of mucus. As a 3-year-old, we had some problems with him where he fell and he messed himself up, and we lost a little time.''

Trapped Again is one of six horses being pointed to the Queens County. He will face the classy gelding Evening Attire, who won this race in 2001 and was the runner-up in 2003 and 2004. Others pointing to the race are West Virginia, Philanthropist, We Can Seek, and Summer Book.

Navesink River rolls in Coyote Lakes

When Trapped Again set his track record in the Kelso, the horse he beat was Navesink River. After finishing last in the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap, Navesink River bounced back Wednesday to win the $67,000 Coyote Lakes Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths over Loving.

The victory establishes Navesink River as the favorite for the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap to be run here on Dec. 31. Both the Coyote Lakes and the Gallant Fox are at 1 5/8 miles.

Navesink River, under Mike Luzzi, trailed early, but gradually made his way through the field down the backside. He took over around the far turn and drew away easily from Loving, who won the Gallant Fox in 2003. Navesink River ($4.40), owned by the Char-Mari Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, was timed in 2:48.43.

Sir Greeley game in Fly So Free

Sir Greeley overcame a bump in upper stretch and was able to run down Byanosejoe and hold off Tashdeed to take Wednesday's $67,150 Fly So Free Stakes by a head. Tashdeed finished second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Byanosejoe.

Sir Greeley, ridden by Luzzi, stalked Byanosejoe through soft fractions of 24.07 seconds and 47.39. Turning for home, he brushed with Kohut, but re-rallied to get past Byanosejoe while outlasting Tashdeed. Sir Greeley ($3.80), trained by James Jerkens for the Timer Bay Farm, covered six furlongs in 1:11.31.

The victory was the third on the card for Luzzi, the second consecutive racing day he won three races. Luzzi now has eight wins in six days of racing over the inner track.

Attila's Storm heads west for Malibu

Attila's Storm, winner of the Fall Highweight, was scheduled to ship to Southern California on Thursday to continue preparations for a start in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

Tuesday, trainer Richard Schosberg pulled a Tim Ritchey and sent Attila's Storm to the track twice. Early in the morning, Attila's Storm jogged one mile over Belmont's training track. At 9:45 a.m. he came back to work four furlongs in 47.46 seconds.

Schosberg said he made a late decision to work Attila's Storm on Tuesday because he felt the track would be in better shape than on Wednesday, when below-freezing temperatures were forecast.

Schosberg said Attila's Storm would stable with Santa Anita-based trainer Eduardo Inda, who trains horses for Barry Schwartz, a part-owner of Attila's Storm. Attila's Storm, who began his career in Southern California with Ron McAnally, will likely work twice leading up to the Malibu.

Livermore Valley heads Randaroo

Though a snowstorm threatens to hamper racing here on Friday, the feature is the $65,000 Randaroo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, should the card be run.

Livermore Valley looms the one to beat in the field of nine. She went 2 for 3 during the summer at Monmouth Park, including a 4 1/2-length victory in the Colleen Stakes.

According to trainer Jim Ryerson, Livermore Valley had to undergo colic surgery about a week or two after that race.

"She had surgery following the Colleen to alleviate a twisted intestine,'' Ryerson said. "It went well, and everything's worked out.''

Livermore Valley shows two good works at Belmont, including a three-furlong blowout in a bullet 35.15 seconds on Wednesday.

Successful Romance may go off favored, as she is sent out by the white-hot connections of Todd Pletcher and Mike Luzzi. Successful Romance romped to an 8 1/2-length victory in her debut at Keeneland before finishing third in the Fashion Stakes. Most recently, she finished second behind Miraculous Miss in an allowance race at Delaware. Miraculous Miss came back to win the Grade 3 Valley Stream Stakes here to run her record to 3 for 3.

Successful Romance will be coupled in the wagering with Jet Set Broad, as both are owned by the Char-Mari Stable. Jet Set Broad, trained by Jason Servis, won her debut by five lengths at The Meadowlands.