02/15/2004 1:00AM

Papua wins Hollie Hughes; Bossanova euthanized


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Papua, the favorite, won Sunday's $81,675 at Aqueduct after Bossanova fell in the stretch and fractured both sesamoid bones in his right foreleg.

Bossanova, the second choice, was removed from the track by the horse ambulance and was later euthanized.

Bossanova, who was ridden by Javier Castellano, looked like he was making a winning move in the six-furlong Hollie Hughes for New York-breds when he suddenly pitched forward and dropped Castellano. In an incredible display of athleticism, Papua and jockey Mike Luzzi jumped over the fallen Bossanova and went on to win the Hollie Hughes by a neck over the pacesetter, A One Rocket.

Castellano suffered a bruised hand and wrist in the accident.

A One Rocket finished three-quarters of a length in front of Love Less. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Unswept in fourth. Wonderful Prospect completed the order of finish.

Bossanova, who won the Grade 3 Fall Highweight over Papua in his last start on Nov. 27 at Aqueduct, is a top contender to win the 2003 New York-bred championship in the sprint division. In addition to winning the Fall Highweight, Bossanova also won last year's Mike Lee Stakes and was second in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs and was third in the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

A 4-year-old son of Pine Bluff, Bossanova was trained by Jim Bond for owners Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez. He won 4 of 10 starts and had earnings of $234,426.

Papua ($4.80) covered the distance in 1:10.59 over a fast track.

Papua, a 5-year-old son of Louis Quatorze, is trained by Mike Hushion and owned by Barry Schwartz, the chairman of the board of the New York Racing Association.