03/17/2003 12:00AM

Snake Mountain somehow along in time


At the sixteenth pole it looked like Snake Mountain ($3) wouldn't get there in time, but he dug in tenaciously to win Sunday's $80,975 Stymie by a nose over Classic Endeavor.

It was Snake Mountain's fifth consecutive win and his fourth in an Aqueduct stakes race.

Ridden by Mike Luzzi, Snake Mountain, the 123-pound highweight, raced in fourth down the backstretch of the 1 1/8-mile Stymie. Snake Mountain came to the outside as the six-horse field entered the stretch and needed nearly every inch of the stretch to catch Classic Endeavor, who carried nine pounds fewer and had a three-length lead at the eighth pole.

Jerkens said he is considering the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct April 5 or the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap the same day. Jerkens said he wouldn't want to run in the Oaklawn Handicap if Medaglia d'Oro were to run.