02/15/2005 12:00AM

Two back off lifetime tops


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Think Fast and Grinch, who finished one-two and ran lifetime top Beyer Speed Figures in their first start over the inner track, head a field of older fillies and mares in Thursday's featured mile race at Aqueduct.

A field of 10 entered the $48,000 third-level allowance with an optional claiming price of $75,000. The Joe Orseno-trained entrymates of Grinch and Meadow Fox both have leading rider Rafael Bejarano named, so one must scratch.

Grinch seems the likelier of the two to start, because her mate, Meadow Fox, has been strictly a sprinter, and just last week returned from more than four months on the sidelines and ran fifth.

, 4, showed promise last year in Florida and New Jersey, winning two allowance races in late spring and finishing in the money in a pair of minor stakes toward the end of the summer.

After concluding her season with a fifth-place finish on the turf in October, Grinch received a freshening and returned at the end of January and ran the race of her life on the inner track, receiving a new top Beyer of 94.

Unfortunately for Grinch, the Woodbine shipper was also returning from a freshening in that race, and also ran the best race of her life, scoring a wire-to-wire victory in her first start for trainer Mike Hushion - and running a Beyer (97) that was 15 points above her previous best.

Grinch broke from the outside post that day, while Think Fast quickly sped clear from post 4. Their positions are considerably different this time. Grinch will break from post 2 assuming the scratch of , and Think Fast breaks from the outside with apprentice Channing Hill.

There is an extremely short run to the first turn in mile races on the inner track, so Think Fast could be caught wide if such rivals as Georgetown Gal and Our Rite of Spring go for the early lead as well.

A contested pace could help the chances of Points West and Sweet Dynamite.

Points West comes off a rallying third in the recent Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel behind odds-on winner Silmaril.

, second in her only local start, has finished in the money in 10 of 11 lifetime starts.

Completing the field are Garden Dance, a shipper from Maryland; Distinctive Kitten, who is stretching out from sprints; and Se Me Acabo, a 7-year-old mare who comes off back-to-back wins against claimers.