Once the Breeders Cup is over, so is the high profile part of the racing year--openings of the Fair Grounds on Thanksgiving Day and the prestigious Santa Anita winter meet the day after Christmas notwithstanding.

The prime time schedule in New York, meanwhile, is regarded to end with the conclusion of the Belmont Fall meet. But thats not entirely true.

Until racing on the winterized inner track begins early next month, the traditional powerhouse New York outfits are still in town and, as we saw this past Saturday, debuting juveniles worthy of next years classics can still surface on Aqueducts main track. Resultantly, fans are still in danger of seeing a good horse.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Ill head down the Thruway for one final day of live sport until my annual sojourn to South Florida.

The Cigar Mile day program that includes the 9-furlong Remsen and Demoiselle for juvenile colts and fillies, respectively, is one of my favorite days on the New York racing calendar. If you love the game, its probably yours, too.

In recent years, Bluegrass Cat and Nobiz Like Shobiz confirmed in the Remsen they would be major classics players. While the Demoiselle hasnt exactly been a harbinger of Oaks fillies, it nonetheless has been useful in the development of juvenile fillies having their own three-year-old aspirations.

This year, the Discovery Handicap for older horses will comprise an all stakes Pick Four.

The centerpiece will be, of course, the Hill n Dale Cigar Mile featuring inevitable Eclipse sprint champion Midnight Lute.

The Cigar is no afterthought for trainer Bob Baffert, whos won the race three times since 2000 including back-to-back victories by Congaree. It is hoped that Kairan McLaughlins late developing four-year-old, Daaher, will challenge the Baffert runner. It will be, I promise you, a horse race.

The Cigar Mile alone would be worth the price of admission. For one more day at least, until the 2008 Wood Memorial, Aqueduct will command center stage on the national schedule.