11/09/2004 12:00AM

Stakes try for The Lamp Is Lit


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - didn't draw into the oversubscribed Ticonderoga Handicap at Belmont Park last month on New York Showcase Day, because she was among the low weights in the field. Seeing how well The Lamp Is Lit ran five days later in a second-level allowance race against open company at The Meadowlands, her connections had to be disappointed she was excluded from the Ticonderoga.

The Lamp Is Lit's 2 1/4-length win at The Meadowlands on Oct. 28 places her among the favorites in Thursday's $60,000-added Soaring Softly at Aqueduct.

The Soaring Softly, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies who have not won a stakes this year, is named for the 1999 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner and champion turf female.

The Lamp Is Lit, trained by Richard Schosberg, is among a field of 10 in the Soaring Softly. Four fillies landed on the also-eligibles, and another two were entered main-track-only.

The Lamp Is Lit sailed through her New York-bred conditions very quickly once she was placed on the grass in the spring. After a maiden win on the dirt, The Lamp Is Lit won two allowance races on the grass and finished second in another during a two-month span.

Schosberg, who trains The Lamp Is Lit for the filly's breeder, Albert Fried Jr., ran her in the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 18. The Lamp Is Lit had a tough trip in a bulky field and finished sixth. In her next start, she won at The Meadowlands against older fillies and mares.

Pablo Fragoso rides The Lamp Is Lit from post 10.

Humoristic is the likely favorite for trainer Hamilton Smith, who trains his horses at Bowie in Maryland. Humoristic won her last start in a third-level allowance race here at a mile on Oct. 28. She was nearly 19-1 that day and won't be anywhere near that price Thursday.

Shaun Bridgmohan rides Humoristic, who figures to be stalking the early leaders. Humoristic drew post 8.

Right This Way met a tougher field in her last start in the Grade 3 Pebbles Handicap on Oct. 11 at Belmont. Right This Way finished fifth in the Pebbles, beaten less than two lengths by the winner, Fortunate Damsel.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle the uncoupled entry of Irish Melody and Hermione's Magic. Both Pletcher fillies will be running in their first stakes on grass.