09/21/2004 11:00PM

Potential remains in Possibility


ELMONT, N.Y. - So far, Possibility hasn't lived up to the possibilities connected to her regal pedigree - by A.P. Indy out of Personal Ensign - but she should find herself back in the winner's circle in Friday's eighth race at Belmont Park.

is among nine fillies and mares entered in the first-level allowance at seven furlongs on the dirt. She drew post 2 and will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Expectations have always been high for Possibility because of her bloodlines.

A.P. Indy is one of the world's leading sires and was a Horse of the Year, and Personal Ensign, undefeated during her 13-race career, won several Grade 1 races and was also a champion.

As a 3-year-old, Possibility won her second start in a seven-furlong maiden race at Belmont in October 2003. She didn't run back until March because her trainer, Shug McGaughey, said she needed some time to develop.

Possibility ran twice in the spring at Aqueduct, finishing third in a mile race and fourth in a 1 1/8-mile race. She didn't resurface until Aug. 27, when she made up a ton of ground to finish third in a seven-furlong race at Saratoga. She earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 80.

With that race under her belt, and a return to the surface where she won her maiden, Possibility is the horse to beat in the $47,000 allowance race.

Possibility's toughest rival could be , a New York-bred who is 2 for 2 at Belmont and has won three races overall. After exhausting her New York-bred conditions, Star Celebrity finished third in the Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes on July 4. She came back and finished sixth in the same race in which Possibility finished third at Saratoga.

Another threat is , who won her maiden at Saratoga in a seven-furlong race and finished ahead of Possibility at Saratoga in her last start.

, who also is entered in a claiming race Thursday, has the highest Beyer in the field, an 88. Mitch Friedman claimed Life Savior for $35,000 out of her last start, which she won at Saratoga on Aug. 20.

has been stuck at this level for more than a year. After racing primarily in the Southwest, Edit It makes her East Coast debut for trainer John DeStefano.