11/08/2004 1:00AM

Proud Accolade looks for title at Hollywood Park


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With championship honors in the 2-year-old division seemingly still up for grabs, trainer Todd Pletcher will give Proud Accolade a chance to claim the prize by running him in the Grade 1, $200,000 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18.

The futurity, run at 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park, is also supposed to include Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko and the undefeated Declan's Moon, the Del Mar Futurity winner who skipped the Breeders' Cup.

Proud Accolade won his first three starts, including the Grade 1 Champagne in which he beat Afleet Alex, another contender for the Eclipse Award. Proud Accolade failed to fire in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Lone Star Park, however, and finished sixth, beaten less than five lengths by Wilko.

Pletcher indicated that Proud Accolade may have bounced in the Juvenile, running back three weeks after a strong effort in the Champagne, and said he deserves a shot at redemption.

"I think the division is still wide open," Pletcher said. "For a horse that won the Champagne, if he goes out there and were to win that, he could stake a claim to the championship. We don't feel like he fired his best shot in the Breeders' Cup, yet he was only beaten 4 3/4 lengths. If he trains well these next few weeks, we're going to give it a try."

Pletcher also indicated that he would have plenty of action for the Hollywood turf festival at the end of November. Pletcher will point Paddy's Daisy to the Grade 3 Miesque on Nov. 26, Dubleo to the Grade 3 Generous on Nov. 27, and Ocean Drive to the Grade 1 Matriarch on Nov. 28.

Zakocity too hot to stop now

Zakocity, who won the Oct. 27 Discovery Handicap here in his last start, worked a half-mile in 48.12 seconds over Belmont Park's main track Monday. The work was the third-fastest of 32 at the distance.

After Zakocity won the Grade 3 Discovery, his first stakes victory for owner Paul Pompa Jr., trainer Pat Reynolds said he might give Zakocity a freshening and bring him back to the races at Gulfstream Park in January. Reynolds and Pompa have had a change of heart because of how well Zakocity has been doing since the Discovery.

After Zakocity's work Monday, Reynolds said he and Pompa are considering three races for him: the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Nov. 21, the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 20, and Friday's $60,000 Princeton Stakes at The Meadowlands. If Zakocity were to be entered in the Red Smith, a turf race, he would be a main-track-only entrant.

"Paul; his cousin, Jerry, who helps in advising; and I will sit down this week and discuss the options," Reynolds said. "The horse is coming into his own now and we don't want to interrupt his forward progress. We're leaving our options open."

Snake Mountain looks for old form

Snake Mountain will try to regain his form and earn his second win in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant at Aqueduct on Saturday.

On Monday, over Belmont Park's training track, Snake Mountain worked a mile in 1:40.31.

It has been nearly 12 months since Snake Mountain has won a race for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. When he was at the top of his game in 2002 and 2003, Snake Mountain won the Stuyvesant, Queens County, Aqueduct Handicap, and Stymie in successive starts.

This year, Snake Mountain, a 6-year-old, has run four times in optional claimers, with his best finish a third.

Jerkens said he is a bit perplexed by Snake Mountain's form reversal.

"He hasn't put forth the same efforts," said Jerkens, who trains Snake Mountain for Jack Shelley and Paul Buzas. "I can't figure him out. One thing is that he has become rank early, something he didn't do before."

Jose Santos has picked up the mount on Snake Mountain because his regular rider, Richard Migliore, is sidelined with a broken wrist.

Other expected starters in the $100,000-added Stuyves-ant, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race, are Colita, Country Be Gold, Everydayissaturday, Powerful Touch, Sherpa Guide, and Spite the Devil.

On Sunday, Everydayissatur-day worked a half-mile in 50.14 seconds on Belmont's training track.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson