11/24/2003 12:00AM

Third try for With Patience


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Just in time for the holiday shopping season, horseplayers can line their pockets with plenty of good cheer Wednesday, with a pick six carryover of $179,241 up for grabs at Aqueduct.

The featured third-level allowance race, over 1 1/16 miles on the turf, is one of the more difficult parts of the pick-six sequence (races 4 through 9). Seven of the 11 fillies and mares entered for the turf are New York-breds taking advantage of the restricted clause written into the conditions. The field will be limited to 10 starters.

An additional four runners were entered in case the race is run on the main track, but conditions look favorable for turf Wednesday.

The mid-Atlantic based owner and trainer Elizabeth Hendricks has twice shipped With Patience to Aqueduct without success. But in those spots, both allowance races, With Patience faced stakes winners Mariensky and Delta Princess.

Three starts back, when With Patience shipped to Belmont for this allowance condition, she made the lead inside the eighth pole but was run down by Pieria, who came back to run fourth in the England's Legend Stakes next out.

With Patience was eased in the Waya Stakes at Laurel Park Oct. 25, and came back six days later and ran third in the Witches Brew Stakes at five furlongs. John Velazquez, who rode With Patience at Belmont, is named to ride Wednesday.

Jacqui's Promise has had little success shipping in from her New Jersey base. Jacqui's Promise reeled off two allowance wins at Monmouth but finished sixth in the Starine Stakes at Belmont and fourth in he Trampoli Stakes here Nov. 4.

Trainer Alan Goldberg said a poor start compromised Jacqui's Promise in the Starine, and being down on the inside was a bit intimidating to her in the Trampoli. Jacqui's Promise will break from post 7 Wednesday and projects for a stalking trip behind the speed of Ma Femme.

Ma Femme and Lady Bi Bi make up a solid entry from John Hertler. The front-running Ma Femme won the Perfect Arc Stakes, restricted to progeny of New York-based stallions, while Lady Bi Bi won the Ticonderoga two back from off the pace.

Two starts back, Exchange Bay finished a half-length behind Spice Island, who went on to win two stakes. Exchange Bay had a troubled trip and may not have cared for soft turf when she finished 11th in the Ticonderoga.

Elegant Mercedes, 4 for 4 at Aqueduct, is the one to beat on dirt.