OZONE PARK, N.Y. &ndash; Arthur&rsquo;s Tale has the pedigree, connections, and price tag to be a significant horse. A nonfactor in his first three starts, Arthur&rsquo;s Tale stepped up with a visually impressive maiden victory when stretched out around two turns for the first time in his last outing.\r\nOn Saturday, Arthur&rsquo;s Tale moves into stakes company for the first time when he meets six rivals in the $65,000 Count Fleet &ndash; the first dirt stakes of the year for 3-year-olds &ndash; at a mile and 70 yards over Aqueduct&rsquo;s inner track.\r\nThe winner of the Count Fleet automatically gets anointed New York&rsquo;s hopeful for the Kentucky Derby. Seven years ago, Smarty Jones kicked off his 3-year-old campaign by winning the Count Fleet. He went on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Last year, Laus Deo won the Count Fleet. He is 1 for 4 since.\r\nArthur&rsquo;s Tale is owned by Sheikh Mohammed&rsquo;s Darley Stable and trained by Tom Albertrani. Those connections won the 2006 Preakness with Bernardini, who is the sire of Arthur&rsquo;s Tale.\r\nAfter losing his first three starts, Arthur&rsquo;s Tale won an off-the-turf, two-turn mile maiden race Dec. 2, after being carried out wide by a bolting horse entering the first turn and dueling with Dance City until the eighth pole. It was his first start with blinkers.\r\n&ldquo;I thought he ran a huge race, considering all things,&rdquo; Albertrani said. &ldquo;I thought it was a good step up for him. I don&rsquo;t know if it was the two turns or the blinkers that helped him; maybe a combination of the two.&rdquo;\r\nWhile Arthur&rsquo;s Tale was a $750,000 auction purchase, J.J.&rsquo;s Lucky Train cost one-tenth of that in two separate transactions. Purchased as a 2-year-old for $35,000, J.J.&rsquo;s Lucky Train was claimed by trainer Bill Anderson for $40,000 out of a debut victory at Monmouth in July. He has won two of three starts since, including a first-level allowance at Parx Racing in which he set sharp fractions before pulling away.\r\n&ldquo;That was a huge race,&rdquo; said Anderson, who also owns part of the Silver Train colt. &ldquo;I thought at anytime he was going to cave in, but he dug it out.&rdquo;\r\nPants On Fire, who finished a game second in a first-level allowance here Dec. 19 after stumbling at the start, Rush Now, who won the Dover Stakes at Delaware before a non-effort in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot, and Tap Star, a recent maiden winner at Parx Racing, look to be the other significant players.