11/07/2008 12:00AM

Who's best suited to sprint?


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With the undefeated Trinity Magic pointing to an open-company stakes for his next start, Sunday's $100,000 Great White Way Stakes offers a New York-bred 2-year-old an opportunity for a significant payday.

The Great White Way, run at six furlongs, is part of the New York Stallion Stakes Series, races that are restricted to progeny of New York-based stallions. It is one of six Stallion Stakes carded for Sunday's nine-race program at Aqueduct.

Tall Poppi ran second behind Trinity Magic in both the Bertram F. Bongard and Sleepy Hollow stakes at Belmont. While Tall Poppi may be favored in the Great White Way, he has two obstacles to clear. First, the six furlongs may be shorter than his best distance. Second, he's forced to break from the rail in the eight-horse field.

Though Tall Poppi earned his only career win at six furlongs, Robin Smullen, assistant to the colt's trainer, Barclay Tagg, said she believes the son of Intidab will ultimately be successful going longer.

Conversely, trainer Seth Benzel said he believes Head Heart Hoof, the horse Tall Poppi beat in an Aug. 18 maiden race at Saratoga, will welcome shortening back from the one-mile Sleepy Hollow to six furlongs. In the Sleepy Hollow, Head Heart Hoof chased Trinity Magic through a half-mile in 46.27 seconds before backing up.

"We're looking forward to turning him back to three-quarters," said Benzel, who has 3 wins and 2 seconds from 5 starters at this meet.

Head Heart Hoof breaks from post 5 under John Velazquez.

Fotografia, Lookin at Her, and Bitabaz look like the main threats to the top two.

Fifth Avenue: Stakes winners square off

Sneakin Up, winner of the Joseph A. Gimma, and Mother Russia, winner of the Lady Fingers Stakes, head the eight-horse field entered in the $100,000 Fifth Avenue Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Sneakin Up, a daughter of Hook and Ladder, rallied from last in the final three furlongs to win the Gimma by three-quarters of a length. She couldn't catch front-running Stormy's Smile when second in the Maid of the Mist.

Sneakin Up will likely have to catch Mother Russia, who is 2 for 2 against fillies, including a three-quarter-length victory in the Lady Fingers Stakes at Finger Lakes on Sept. 1. Subsequently, Mother Russia finished third against males in the New York Breeders Futurity, also at Finger Lakes, on Oct. 4.

Mother Russia, a daughter of Mayakovsky, is trained by Linda Rice, who has won two of the last three runnings of the Fifth Avenue. Mother Russia breaks from post 6 under Cornelio Velasquez.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. sends out the coupled entry of Anjorie and Sarah Accomplished. Anjorie surprised Dutrow by running a good third in the Maid of the Mist, a race Dutrow said "she wasn't ready for.'' Dutrow said he's not sure what went awry with Sarah Accomplished, who finished 10th in the Maid of the Mist.

Thunder Rumble: 'Spanky' cuts back

Spanky Fischbein, who won the Great White Way Stakes last year, will seek another Stallion Stakes victory when he heads an eight-horse field in the $75,000 Thunder Rumble Stakes for colts and geldings at seven furlongs.

Spanky Fischbein won a second-level statebred allowance race by four lengths in his second start off a lengthy layoff at Saratoga on Aug. 10. Trainer Chad Brown ran him back in the Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles where he set the pace before tiring to fourth, beaten five lengths by Stud Muffin.

His main competition figures to come from Gold and Roses, who finished second to Stunt Man in last year's Thunder Rumble. Gold and Roses is only 2 for 15 the last two years, but has never finished worse than second in six starts over Aqueduct's main track.

Irish Blast seeks to bounce back from a dismal effort in the Hudson Handicap, his first start off a six-month layoff.

Staten Island: Under Serviced swift

After dueling with the multiple stakes winner By the Light through a hot half-mile, Under Serviced did well to finish third in the Iroquois Handicap last month. Sunday, Under Serviced looms the speed of the speed in the $75,000 Staten Island Stakes at seven furlongs.

Under Serviced, trained by Bob Baffert, pressed By the Light through a half-mile in 44.82 seconds in the Iroquois, yet still kept trying in the stretch as Ice Cool Kitty rallied up the rail to get the win. Ice Cool Kitty, who was pointing for this, has been retired due to injury, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said.

Twistaway and Raffie's Treasure could be the main threats to Under Serviced. Twistaway, trained by John Terranova, finished second to Under Serviced in a second-level New York-bred race going seven furlongs at Saratoga.

Raffie's Treasure is back with fillies after running against males in the $250,000 Empire Classic Handicap last month at Belmont. She won her career debut going a mile at Aqueduct in April.