03/21/2006 12:00AM

Spooky Mulder in for a price

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Spooky Mulder has not finished off the board outside of a stakes in almost 13 months, a span of 13 outings. He will get the opportunity to add to that streak in Thursday's Aqueduct feature, a third-level allowance event at six furlongs carrying an optional claiming price of $75,000.

Trainer Scott Lake, a master at the claiming game, has made Spooky Mulder eligible for the race by entering him for the required claiming price.

, 8, shows just one slow listed workout for his return from a two-month layoff, but his prior two efforts, in the Paumonok Handicap and the Brutally Frank, both over the Aqueduct inner track, resulted in sharp second-place finishes. A 23-time winner over his 61-race career, Spooky Mulder drew the outside post, which should afford him a nice, stalking trip in the field of seven. The meet's leading rider, Eibar Coa, gets the call.

Spooky Mulder's main competition figures to come from Fairly Crafty and Storm Creek Rising.

, a 6-year-old son of Crafty Prospector, is trained by the meet's second leading trainer, Bruce Levine. Fairly Crafty made a strong impression in his local debut, a going-away score over second-level allowance rivals on Jan. 27, the day before Spooky Mulder's runner-up finish in the Paumonok. Fairly Crafty lures Michael Luzzi away from Spooky Mulder on Thursday.

was all heart grinding out a win over cheaper in his last start after getting pressed hard every step of the way, and he has shown the ability to stalk if needed. A 4-year-old half-brother to champion older mare Ashado, Storm Creek Rising is trained by Christophe Clement and will be ridden by Richard Migliore.

Others in the field, from the rail out, are Casper Peterson, Royal Moment, Maddy's Lion, and Storm Boot Gold.

* In a second-level optional claiming event for fillies and mares on Thursday's card, Rum Ridge looks to rebound after faltering at 3-5 when she was stepped up to this level on Jan. 2. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Rum Ridge won her maiden in style with a 12 1/4-length victory in her second career start and then quickly advanced through her preliminary allowance condition with another open-length score. A 4-year-old daughter of Tiger Ridge, Rum Ridge figures to get back on track in this spot at a short price.