01/09/2002 1:00AM

'Prospect' can make amends

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JAMAICA, N.Y. - The winter doldrums have arrived at Aqueduct. There's snow in the infield, it's barely daylight when the last race is run, and the feature is a first-level allowance.

Eight older males were entered in the $43,000 eighth race Friday, which will be run at six furlongs over the inner track.

Wonderful Prospect, a beaten favorite at this level on Dec. 27, returns for trainer Richard Lundy, who has won with five of his 13 inner track starters.

Wonderful Prospect won back-to-back New York-bred allowances in the fall, including an authoritative 2 1/4-length win on the inner track on Dec. 8.

In his last start, Wonderful Prospect, a son of Prospect Bay, fell victim to a track that was kind to speed, and finished third, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by the loose-on-the-lead winner, Well Fancied.

Wonderful Prospect should get an honest pace here and is the one to beat.

Wonderful Prospect breezed a bullet half-mile here in 47.25 seconds on Sunday. Norberto Arroyo Jr. rides Wonderful Prospect from post 5.

Saltaat and Western Power face winners for the first time after easily winning maiden races on the inner track.

Saltaat, owned and trained by Deborah Bodner, set the pace and won by 8 3/4 lengths as the favorite Dec. 29. C. C. Lopez, aboard for the win, has the return call from post 3.

Western Power, at odds-on, pressed the pace and drew clear in the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths on Dec. 16 for trainer Bill Mott. Javier Castellano rides Western Power, who drew post 7.

Coach Tobacco improved on this track in his last race. Trained by Eugenio Abbruzzese, Coach Tobacco dueled on the lead during the six-furlong race and at 27-1 lost a head bob to Mr. Kuck.

Felix Ortiz is back aboard Coach Tobacco, who should have early pace pressure from Little Rich, Saltaat, and Alex's Love. Coach Tobacco drew post 4.

Love Less, who rarely gets a clean break, broke in the air, but was up for a neck win against New York-breds in a second-level allowance at six furlongs here in his last start Dec. 22. That restricted win doesn't count against his eligibility for Friday's race.

Red Jared, a winner of a $35,000 claimer over the inner track on Dec. 7, rounds out the field.

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