10/28/2004 11:00PM

Snowdrops returns in Athenia

Snowdrops, winning the Politely on the turf at Monmouth in June, had a setback and has not run since Aug. 11.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Snowdrops, who hasn't run since finishing second following a troubled trip in the De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga, is among 12 entered in a wide-open edition of the Grade 3 Athenia Handicap at Aqueduct on Sunday.

Snowdrops's trainer, Christophe Clement, said the filly had a "training setback" after the Aug. 11 De La Rose. Earlier in the year, Snowdrops won four consecutive races, including the Politely Stakes at Monmouth Park in June. The Politely was run at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, the distance and surface of the $100,000-added Athenia.

Snowdrops ran well off a similar layoff last year when she finished second in the Trampoli Stakes at Aqueduct.

Clement also entered Madeira Mist, who has more experience than her stablemate at the Athenia distance and hasn't finished worse than fourth in eight starts since running sixth in last year's Athenia. The Clement runners are not coupled in the wagering. Madeira Mist, the 118-pound highweight, drew poorly in post 12.

Delta Princess carries 115 pounds, four fewer than when she won the Navajo Princess Stakes at The Meadowlands in her last start.

"She got lucky; got through on the inside," said Delta Princess's trainer, Bill Mott.

Coney Kitty, third in last year's Athenia, was third in the Navajo Princess after running last in the Noble Damsel six days earlier.

Trainer James Toner was unhappy with the ride Coney Kitty received in the Noble Damsel, but was pleased with her effort in the Navajo Princess.

With Patience has run well throughout the year and is a good fit with this field.

Peeping Tom given to Dickinson

Peeping Tom, a former claimer who became a Grade 1 winner and earned nearly $1.4 million while trained by Pat Reynolds, is now trained by Michael Dickinson.

Reynolds said that Peeping Tom, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Flatbird Stable, left his Belmont barn about a week ago and was sent to Dickinson's farm in Maryland. Another Flatbird runner, Two Bayou, also was turned over to Dickinson.

In March 2000, Flatbird claimed Peeping Tom for $40,000 out of a maiden race.

Reynolds said he was stunned by the trainer switch, but grateful for the opportunity to train for Lou Milazzo's Flatbird Stable.

"It blew me out of the water," Reynolds said Friday. "We had a good run and it opened some doors for me."

Reynolds also trained Shawklit Mint, a graded stakes winner who is now a broodmare, for Milazzo.

On a happier note for Reynolds, he won Wednesday's Grade 3 Discovery with Zakocity, who is owned by Paul Pompa Jr. It was the first stakes win for Pompa and Reynolds since Reynolds began training horses for the owner in the spring.

Reynolds said Zakocity would probably receive a freshening at Palm Meadows training center in Florida and then be pointed to the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.

Fortunate Damsel to try dirt stakes

Fortunate Damsel, who won the Grade 3 Pebbles on the grass on Oct. 11 at Belmont in her last start, will make her stakes debut on the dirt in the $100,000-added Turnback the Alarm Handicap on Nov. 6.

Heriberto Cedano, Fortunate Damsel's trainer, said he and the filly's owner, Ed Baier, decided to try the dirt for her final start of the year to determine what direction to take with her in 2005.

"We wanted to try her against some of the good fillies on the dirt," Cedano said. "If she doesn't like it, we can keep her on the turf next year."

Fortunate Damsel, who became a stakes winner in the Fieldy in July while trained by the late Phil Johnson, has run seven times on the dirt, with one win, in a $50,000 maiden claimer last March at Aqueduct.

The Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm will be run at 1 1/8 miles.

Two-year-old stakes on Tuesday card

Aqueduct will be open Tuesday, Election Day, and closed Wednesday. Two stakes for 2-year-olds highlight the Election Day card, the Grade 3 Nashua for colts and geldings and the Grade 3 Tempted for fillies.

As of Friday, only three were probable for the $100,000-added Tempted - Good Edition, Salute, and Winsome.

The $100,000-added Nashua was expected to draw a bigger field, including Better Than Bonds, Defer, Favalora, Flamenco, Rockport Harbor, and Up Like Thunder.

Entries for the Nashua and Tempted were scheduled to be taken on Saturday.

Migliore takes day off after spill

Richard Migliore, who was sent to North Shore University Hospital on Thursday when his mount unseated him in the starting gate in the fourth race, took off his mounts Friday. The rider was not injured in the incident, but wanted the day "to recuperate," according to his agent, Drew Mollica.

Migliore was expected to ride on the Breeders' Cup card at Lone Star Park on Saturday. He was named on Artie Schiller in the Mile and Bwana Charlie in the Sprint. Migliore was to fly to Texas on Friday evening.

* Jockey Fernando Jara took off his mounts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday because he is in Panama obtaining his visa, according to the wife of Jara's agent, Jose Rivera. Jara wasn't named on any horses on Sunday's card.