10/23/2007 11:00PM

Present like past for McCauley

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Daylight savings time doesn't end until a week from Sunday, but "Hollywood" Herb McCauley turned the clock back nearly 10 years by riding three winners from four mounts on opening day at Aqueduct.

"It feels like the ghosts of Gasper Moschera and Peter Ferriola came down," joked McCauley, who booted home front-running sprint winners Home Crowd ($15.80) and Daddy Joe ($13.80) for Paraneck Stable, and capped his triple with Hedge Fund ($4.20), another early pace winner on a main track that was very hospitable to early speed.

McCauley, 50, retired with more than 3,000 winners and $71 million in purse earnings after a spill at Monmouth Park in July 1998 that required several operations and extensive rehabilitation. He resumed riding recently, and got his first comeback win on Missed the Prom at the Meadowlands on Oct. 17. The first-time starter Home Crowd is his first winner in New York since Bert's Bubblecto won the ninth race at the Big A on May 3, 1998.

"It feels great - it feels normal," said McCauley. "New York's where all my best clients have always been, so it's nice. I got a chance to knock off the rust and the dust. To start it off like this, how could I not smile?"

Four stakes this weekend

Four Grade 3 stakes are on tap this weekend: the $150,000 Sport Page Handicap and the $100,000 Knickerbocker Handicap on Saturday, and two $100,000 one-mile races for 2-year-olds on Sunday - the Nashua and the Tempted.

The Sport Page will be headed by Grade 3 winners Chatain and Sir Greeley.

Fishy Advice, beaten a head as the favorite last year, heads the Knickerbocker lineup this year.

Kiaran McLaughlin saddled Darley Stable's Day Pass to win the 2006 Nashua off a debut maiden win at Belmont, and those connections will attempt to do the same thing with Etched, an eye-catching winner with a 90 Beyer Speed Figure first time out.

Also likely for the Nashua are Anak Nakal, Anakim, Saada, and Springs Road.

According to Plan, sidelined since running fourth as the Schuylerville favorite opening day at Saratoga, is set to return in the Tempted. Elusive Lady, a good-figure maiden winner last out, and Sunday Holiday, third in the Frizette, are expected starters.

First post is 11:35 a.m. for Saturday's eight-race card.

* Friday's feature is race 3, a $54,000 starter handicap at six furlongs that drew a field of seven, including the Tony Dutrow-trained entry of Lord Snowdon and Morine's Victory. Lord Snowdon is on a three-race win streak that includes a win at Saratoga with a 105 Beyer.