02/27/2008 12:00AM

Silver Light finds softer spot

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Steve Asmussen stable has seemingly made all the right moves this winter in New York, winning with exactly one-third of its 57 starters over Aqueduct's inner track through Wednesday's card.

The stable appears to have made another right move by entering Silver Light in a nonwinners-of-three races lifetime allowance heat that serves as Friday's feature at Aqueduct. By running there, it enables Silver Light to scratch out of a significantly tougher second-level allowance race for which he was entered Thursday.

Assistant Toby Sheets, who is serving double duty here and at Gulfstream for Asmussen this winter, said Thursday's race was a secondary option in case Friday's race didn't fill. Not only did the race fill with six entries, but Silver Light, who comes from off the pace, drew very nicely on the outside with ample speed inside of him.

Silver Light enters Friday's race off a first-level allowance win here Jan. 19 in which he jumped on a modest pace midway through the race and drew clear to a 4 1/4-length victory. While the Beyer Speed Figure of 79 was modest, the performance pleased his connections.

"Visually, it was impressive and he came out of it well," Sheets said. "He's doing well and hopefully we're on track for Friday."

Two starts back, Silver Light finished fourth behind Whistlin', who has come back to run second in a pair of restricted stakes. Whistlin' was entered in Thursday's race, but there doesn't seem to be any horse of his ilk in Friday's heat, which also carries an optional claiming provision of $35,000.

Serious Fever, who finished ahead of Silver Light when third to Whistlin' in that aforementioned Dec. 29 race, finished third again in a Jan. 27 allowance heat. Trainer Tony Dutrow adds blinkers to Serious Fever's equipment for this.

Trainer Gary Contessa and Winning Move Stable entered both Mithaal and Wild Geese, but can only run one because they named Ramon Dominguez on both. Contessa claimed Wild Geese out of a winning effort for $25,000 just five days ago, while Mithaal finished third for $40,000 on Feb. 21. Both are offered for $35,000 on Friday.