03/29/2004 12:00AM

U K Trick sitting on stakes win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With solid efforts in stakes in her last two starts, U K Trick lands in a good spot to earn her first stakes victory in Wednesday's $60,000-added Numbered Account at Aqueduct.

is among seven older fillies and mares entered in the 1 1/8-mile Numbered Account, for horses that have never won an open stakes.

After easily winning a $50,000 claiming race over the inner track in January, U K Trick had a rough trip in the Rare Treat Handicap Feb. 16. Despite the traffic trouble, U K Trick finished second and was beaten less than two lengths by the winner, Austin's Mom.

The 4-year-old U K Trick ran back in the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap on March 14, and she closed from last to finish third. Smok'n Frolic, a multiple stakes winner, won the Next Move by 6 1/2 lengths. U K Trick finished a nose behind the runner-up, Stake, who is entered in Wednesday's feature.

Mike Hushion, who trains U K Trick for Rising Graph Stable and Richard A. Sturgill, hopes this is an easier assignment.

"She's been put in some hard spots," Hushion said. "She has really turned into a consistent filly. I would have preferred to have another week in between [races], but this is what came up."

Pablo Fragoso, the leading rider at Aqueduct's spring meet, is reunited with U K Trick, who drew post 3. Fragoso was aboard the filly for her last win. Hushion said that if the pace is slow, he wants Fragoso to keep U K Trick within striking distance of the early leaders.

Stake is probably the biggest threat to U K Trick. Earlier in the winter, Stake won back-to-back allowance races for trainer Edward Barker, who is enjoying a good year with his small stable.

Shaun Bridgmohan rides Stake, who drew the rail.

Our Tune, who set the pace in the Next Move before tiring and finishing sixth, looks like the main speed from post 2.