05/17/2006 12:00AM

Peter Pan hopefuls work fast


ELMONT, N.Y. - Exactly what kind of a Belmont Stakes awaits us June 10 will become clearer late Saturday afternoon, after the results of the Preakness and the Peter Pan are known.

The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan has traditionally been run two weeks before the Belmont, but it was pushed back an additional week this year. As of Wednesday afternoon, a field of eight 3-year-olds was expected for the 53rd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan: Harborage, Hesanoldsalt, Ice N Lemon, Lewis Michael, Really Indian, Scanlon's Song, Strong Contender, and Sunriver.

Harborage and Scanlon's Song had their final workouts at Aqueduct on Wednesday morning. Over a track labeled muddy, the stretch-running Harborage worked a half-mile in 46.64 seconds, the fastest of 10 works at the distance by nearly two full seconds.

"He went really, really good," said trainer Gary Contessa. "I put my most aggressive exercise rider on him. If he's going to be tough, he'll have to be closer, so I thought that was the best thing for him."

Scanlon's Song, fourth in the Wood Memorial and most recently fifth in a turf allowance, worked five furlongs in 1:00, the second-fastest work at the distance behind Met Mile hopeful Love of Money, who was timed in a bullet 59.64 seconds.

* Friday's $65,000 Match the Hatch Stakes, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the Widener turf, weather permitting, goes as race 7. An overnight stakes for 3-year-olds, it drew 16 entrants, including six entered for the main track only.

On turf the race is wide open, with 9 of the 10 grass horses having run Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-80's recently. is stuck outside in post 10, but overcame a very tough trip to win on Aqueduct's turf course last out.

Race 8 is an optional claimer with money allowance conditions at 1 1/16 for older males. The $58,000 race drew a field of eight, including the Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained entry of .

Also in the field are Happy Hunting, winner of the Grade 3 Aqueduct Handicap during the winter, and Contante, second in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap in early March.