10/31/2001 1:00AM

Street Cry can't hold off longshot


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Evening Attire played a nasty Halloween trick on horseplayers Wednesday, rallying along the inside to upset the Grade 3 $109,300 Discovery Handicap by one length at odds of 65-1 before an opening-day crowd of 3,536 at Aqueduct.

Street Cry, the 4-5 favorite, hung in for second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Free of Love.

Evening Attire entered the Discovery still eligible for his preliminary allowance condition. But, trainer Pat Kelly saw this as one last chance to run in a graded stakes against 3-year-olds and was encouraged by Evening Attire's effort in a nine-furlong turf race on Oct. 13.

"I was hoping to get a check," said Kelly, who took over Evening Attire's training when his brother Tim retired last year. "I thought he'd like two turns at Aqueduct, being a long-striding horse. Even on turf, he keeps slugging it out."

Evening Attire, owned in part by Pat and Tim's father, Thomas, received a ground-saving trip from Shaun Bridgmohan.

Free of Love took the lead three furlongs out and carried Street Cry and David Flores extremely wide turning for home. While Street Cry was able to get past Free of Love, Evening Attire was rallying up the inside. Evening Attire ($133) covered nine furlongs in 1:48.62 and helped create a pick six carryover of $32,815 heading into Thursday's card.

"It helped that Free of Love carried Street Cry out into the middle of the track," Bridgmohan said. "We had plenty of room to come through."

Street Cry, who was knocked off the Triple Crown trail in April due to an ankle injury, was making his first start since March. He raced wide around both turns.

"I tried to save my horse as long as I could and he came home really nice," Flores said. "He got unlucky that somebody got through on the inside."

Street Cry is expected to return to Dubai to prepare for the Dubai World Cup in March.