12/26/2005 12:00AM

Pick six goes through Levine


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Bruce Levine could hold the key to unlocking riches in Wednesday's mammoth $187,730 pick-six carryover at Aqueduct.

Levine, who is 6 for 20 since the inner track opened, has runners in three of the races in the sequence and all look to have a legitimate shot. Levine will send out Prince Raffie in the fourth, Doll Baby in the sixth, and R B's Token in the ninth.

The pick six begins with the fourth, a 1 1/8-mile maiden event for New York-bred 2-year-olds. Not many of the 15 entrants are equipped to go nine furlongs, but Prince Raffie appears bred for the task. Prince Raffie is a son of Raffie's Majesty, who in 1998 won his debut at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park. In his second career start, he won an entry-level allowance race at 1 1/16 miles over Aqueduct's inner track.

Prince Raffie debuted last month at Aqueduct, finishing fourth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in a seven-furlong race at odds of 39-1.

"He trained good in the summer, but he didn't train good in the fall," Levine said. "He surprised me the way he ran; I didn't know what to expect. He ran really well and galloped out good. I think the distance will help him."

Not on My Turf and Lethal Missile are also contenders in this field.

In the sixth race, Levine will saddle Doll Baby in an entry-level allowance race for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs. Doll Baby won her maiden at first asking in June. After a couple of so-so efforts in stakes, Doll Baby finished second as the favorite in an entry-level allowance race on Nov. 10. She gets Lasix for the first time.

No Reason and Cateleisha are others in this field who probably need to be on any pick six ticket.

In the ninth race, Levine sends out R B's Token in a statebred optional claiming race at six furlongs. Last time out at this condition, R B's Token faded to third after trying to press Show Ready. While Show Ready is back in this field, Levine said he hopes R B's Token can get a stalking trip from her outside post.

"I hope somebody else does the dirty work; at least chases Show Ready," Levine said. "I'm not going to chase from the 12-hole."

Navesink River heads marathon

, the 5 1/2-length winner of the Coyote Lakes Stakes on Dec. 7, heads the list of probable starters for Saturday's $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap at 1 5/8 miles. Navesink River, a son of Unbridled, had run better on turf than dirt in his career, but relished the 1 5/8 miles of the Coyote Lakes.

"He needs really firm turf or distance," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He seemed to really the like the turf course at Gulfstream."

Last April, Navesink River won the Grade 2 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream.

It is likely that Navesink River will join Pletcher's south Florida stable following the Gallant Fox.

Other probables are Evening Attire, the 118-pound highweight, We Can Seek, Loving, Diligent Gambler, and Potri Cacho.

Pletcher will have several horses to run in handicap stakes in New York this winter. West Virginia, second in the Stuyvesant and Queens County handicaps, will be pointed to the Aqueduct Handicap on Jan. 21. Pletcher is also likely to start Colita in that spot.

Colita ended a seven-race losing streak on Dec. 16, winning a $58,000 allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths over the inner track. Pletcher noted that Colita had undergone a throat operation prior to his last race.

Keeneland Kat may be retired

It has been two months since an illness forced Sorority Stakes winner to be scratched from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Her health has not improved to the point where she can return to training and her connections are contemplating retiring her, trainer Kelly Breen said.

Keeneland Kat was scratched the day before the Juvenile Fillies because of bronchitis, Breen said. Since then, Keeneland Kat has not been able to maintain a satisfactory white blood cell count and "whatever is draining her we have not been able to pinpoint," Breen said.

Among the options are retirement and a date in the breeding shed in early 2006.

"At this point we're thinking she might not come back to the level where she was at," Breen said. "I would hate to be in June having given her six months and say all that time didn't work and in the meantime we could possibly be breeding her."

Breen said Keeneland Kat was the first horse for owners George and Lori Hall. "They're taking it better than I am," Breen said.

The Halls also own Fagan's Legacy, a soon-to-be 3-year-old son of Monarchos who won the off-the-turf Pilgrim Stakes in October. Fagan's Legacy could make his next start in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 7.

Breen also reports that the 2-year-old Praying for Cash, is nearing his return to the races. Praying for Cash, a son of Songandaprayer, won his debut at Monmouth Park in June, but has been sidelined since with bucked shins. He drilled four furlongs in 46.16 seconds on Saturday at Belmont, the fastest of 154 works at the distance.

Migliore eyes February return

Richard Migliore had hoped to return from his most recent injuries by early January, but he is now likely to be out until February. In addition to breaking his left leg in a freak paddock accident on Oct. 20 at Belmont, Migliore said that he also injured his Achilles tendon in his left foot in that spill.

While that injury has healed significantly, Migliore said he would unlikely be able to get on horses again until mid-to-late January.

"If I can get back on horses by mid-January then you're looking at returning around February 1," Migliore said. "If I can't get on horses till February 1, then you're talking mid-February."

Migliore is scheduled to meet with his doctors again the second week of January.

* Apprentice Pablo Morales will have a new agent when he returns from a rotator cuff injury sometime in early January. Drew Mollica, whose most recent clients included Migliore, Aaron Gryder, and Channing Hill, will start booking mounts for Morales. Morales was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Nov. 25, and has not ridden since Nov. 30.