05/20/2003 11:00PM

Passing Shot set for best


ELMONT, N.Y. - Before the stakes-packed holiday weekend gets underway, an ordinary racing card, likely to be run under soggy conditions, awaits fans at Belmont Park on Friday.

The feature of the twilight racing card is a second-level allowance race for fillies and mares. The one-mile dirt race drew six runners and has a scheduled post of 6:36 p.m. Eastern.

The horse to beat is the Allen Jerkens-trained Passing Shot, who is owned by Joseph Shields Jr., a New York Racing Association vice chairman. Passing Shot seeks her first win since May 2002 at Aqueduct.

Passing Shot finished fourth in the Yanks Music, an overnight stakes race, in her last start on opening day at Belmont, May 7. Jerkens's filly met a much better field in the one-mile Yanks Music, including Message Red and She's Got the Beat, than she faces here.

Passing Shot is making her third start of the year. In her 2003 debut and first race since August, she finished a closing third in an allowance race.

Last year, Passing Shot, a 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, won back-to-back one-mile races at Aqueduct.

Joe Bravo rides Passing Shot, who would benefit from a lively pace, from post 6.

Cherokee Lite has won her last two starts at seven furlongs for trainer Nick Zito, who has a solid record of 3-4-2 from 14 starters during the first 11 days of the Belmont meet.

Cherokee Lite, a daughter of Cherokee Run, has early speed. She will be ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr. from post 2.

Glorious Jenna, who finished a well-beaten fourth in the Grade 3 Comely April 18, will handle an off track.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Glorious Jenna was steadied in the stretch of a first-level allowance race at Aqueduct in March. She finished second, but was placed first after the winner was disqualified for interference. John Velazquez rides from post 4.

Pletcher and Velazquez have been white-hot at the meet. Pletcher led the trainer standings with 10 winners after Wednesday's races. Velazquez easily led all jockeys with 18 victories.

Traumatic set the pace and tired in her last start at 1 1/16 miles. She is undefeated in two starts at a mile around two turns over Aqueduct's inner track. Jerry Bailey rides Traumatic for trainer Pat Reynolds and owner Michael Dubb.

Suave Queen ran a decent race in a $60,000 claimer May 10, but is 3 for 27 lifetime. Sabre of Silver was 1 for 19 last year and is 0 for 7 this year.