02/19/2003 12:00AM

Reynolds has full stakes plate

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Pat Reynolds is gearing up for a stakes-loaded weekend.

On Saturday, Reynolds will run Peeping Tom at Laurel Park in the $200,000 General George and Alysweep in Aqueduct's $75,000-added Best Turn. Tom's Thunder is Reynolds's stakes starter on Sunday in the $75,000-added Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct.

Reynolds believes each of his horses are capable of running a big race, but he might be most excited about Alysweep, whom he claimed for $75,000 on behalf of owner Michael Dubb Dec. 15. Alysweep won the maiden claiming race by 7 3/4 lengths.

Since the claim, Alysweep, a 3-year-old son of End Sweep, has won back-to-back races, including the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Jan. 20.

Alysweep earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his first stakes win. In his debut for his new connections, Alysweep blew away a first-level allowance field by 8 3/4 lengths.

"He has done everything the right way and is begging for more," Reynolds said. "After his latest race, he was back at the test barn and was absolutely frantic. When they run, they are supposed to be tired. He was rearing up and striking out. He is on go."

Reynolds is using the six-furlong Best Turn as stepping-stone to the one-mile Gotham, a $200,000 race on Aqueduct's main track March 16.

A good field is taking shape for the Best Turn. Among the expected starters are Huntington Stakes winner Super Fuse, who is 5 for 7 lifetime, and Y.V. Five, a winner of two consecutive races over the inner track. Other probables are Deadline, Desert Warrior, Formal Escape, Mustbinthefrontrow, and Sky Solider.

Shawklit Mint one to beat

Pat Reynolds can get the ball rolling on Friday with Shawklit Mint, who is entered in a $54,000 allowance sprint at six furlongs.

Shawklit Mint, the runner-up in the Correction Handicap on Feb. 1, is the horse to beat among six entered in the eighth race.

Earlier at the inner track meet, Shawklit Mint, who will be ridden by Richard Migliore, was a nine-length winner of a third-level allowance race.

Eighth positive test for Contessa

An eighth horse trained by Gary Contessa has tested positive for ephedra, according to the stewards. An investigation into the matter is ongoing and Contessa has sent split samples for testing to an independent lab in Louisiana.

Earlier this week, the death of Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler was linked to ephedra, an ingredient in the weight-loss supplement Xenadrine taken by the athlete.

One turn enough for Ladyecho

Ladyecho, the one-length winner of last Saturday's Dearly Precious Stakes, will be pointed to the $100,000 Cicada, a Grade 3, seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies on March 22.

Ladyecho has won four of five one-turn races. Her worst efforts came in the Selima Stakes at Laurel Park and the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct, both of which were run around two turns in November.

Hollie Hughes: Take two

The racing office doesn't anticipate any additional starters for the Hollie Hughes Handicap, which was rescheduled for Sunday after being canceled last Sunday when the card was scrapped following the first race because of frigid temperatures.

The Hollie Hughes, a sprint for New York-breds, will be redrawn on Friday. Seven originally entered the Hollie Hughes - Papua, Mr. Determined, Wonderful Prospect, Vodka, Tom's Thunder, Say Florida Sandy, and Impeachthepro.

* Affirmed Success, who will make his next start in next month's $100,000 Toboggan, worked three furlongs Wednesday in 36.10 seconds.

* John Kolb, Norberto Arroyo Jr.'s agent, said the rider was scheduled to begin exercising horses on Thursday at Belmont. Arroyo was released from prison on Feb. 13 after serving a 39-day sentence for second-degree assault.