04/20/2008 11:00PM

One more from hot Donk barn


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With this being the final week of racing at Aqueduct and with a forecast calling for dry, pleasant conditions through Friday, the turf course figures to get plenty of use.

That suits trainer David Donk just fine as he has sent out nothing but live runners on the grass, winning four races and finishing in the money with several others. One of Donk's top turf horses from a year ago, Pays to Dream, makes his 4-year-old debut in Wednesday's featured second-level allowance race, Three of the turf races are in the pick-six sequence, and there is a carryover of $44,591 entering the day.

Pays to Dream has enjoyed most of his success against New York-breds, but he did defeat open company in the Glow Stakes at Saratoga and finished third in both the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont. In the Jamaica, he was third behind multiple stakes winners Nobiz Like Shobiz and Red Giant.

Pays to Dream was turned out after he stumbled leaving the gate in the Rutgers Handicap at Monmouth on Oct. 24. Pays to Dream was not injured in the race, Donk said. Pays to Dream resumed training in February and has a steady work pattern leading up to his return. "I expect to have a lot of fun with him this year," Donk said. "He's got a pretty good turn of foot."

Pays to Dream meets a solid group in Wednesday's race, led by the former Europe-based duo of Brooklyn Boy and Chinese Whisperer. Brooklyn Boy won a first-level allowance race on Jan. 2 at Calder before finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream, a race in which he encountered some traffic on the far turn.

"When is there a grass race where you don't have traffic?" trainer Allen Jerkens said.

Jerkens said Brooklyn Boy came out of that race with a bruised foot and needed time off. In typical Jerkens fashion, Brooklyn Boy shows several closely-spaced workouts, including a half-mile move in 47.63 seconds over the Belmont Park training track on Monday, his third breeze in seven days.

Chinese Whisperer has not been out since running sixth in a listed stakes at the Curragh in July. He is making his United Stakes debut.