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Aqueduct Notebook

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AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

MARCH 30, 2005

by Bernard T. Moore

Aqueduct was closed this past Sunday due to the Easter Holiday. As a result,
stakes action kicked into gear a day earlier than usual. On Friday, Aqueduct
carded the 31st running of the Next Move H. (G3) for fillies and mares at
nine furlongs. DAYDREAMING (A.P. Indy), another recent arrival from Florida for
trainer Shug McGaughey, was bet down to 3-2 favoritism in her first race in New
York in 2005. McGaughey, who has been on a tear since returning from Gulfstream
Park, added to his ever growing list of his winners as Daydreaming overcame a
bit of a tough trip to post a popular one-length victory.

She was ridden by
Edgar Prado, who kept the four-year-old filly free of trouble, although she was
forced to race three-wide most of the way while tracking leisurely fractions.
The winner moved in earnest to challenge runner-up Saintliness (Holy Bull) for
the lead shortly after entering the stretch, and proceeded to edge away slowly
from that rival late under pressure.

Saintliness, who sported an unblemished record prior to her second-place finish
in the Next Move, acquitted herself quite well in her initial graded stakes
effort. The Mark Henning trainee held on well in the stretch to finish in front
of Rare Gift (Unbridled’s Song). The third-place finisher was prominent from the
outset as she outran her 20-1 post time odds.

This was Daydreaming’s first victory since last November, which occurred in
the Top Flight H. (G2), also at Aqueduct. Future plans for the Phipps’
Stable homebred remain uncertain, although McGaughey did mention that he has
some races for her at Saratoga in mind this summer.

Prior to the running of the Distaff Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on Saturday,
BANK AUDIT (Wild Rush) had already proven to be a profitable acquisition for
owner Robert Amendola. Bank Audit did nothing but give more credence to that
statement when she emerged victorious in the Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths over
runner-up Sensibly Chic (Distorted Humor) in the filly and mare feature. Trained
by former jockey Frank Labocetta Jr., Bank Audit rated toward the inside down
the backstretch off what was a rather modest early pace. She was then maneuvered
off the inside for a stretch bid by jockey Richard Migliore and finished
strongly outside of rivals to draw clear in deep stretch.

Sensibly Chic, who was with the pace from the start, ran a game race to be
second, and may have been compromised somewhat by the race tactics employed by
jockey Ramon Dominguez. It appeared as though she could have controlled the pace
early on if hustling tactics were employed. Instead, she raced three wide
throughout and finished evenly late. Travelator (A.P Jet) benefited by setting
an average pace along the inside and gave ground grudgingly in the stretch,
beaten a scant nose for the place. Cativa (Sir Cat), the even-money favorite who
broke from the rail, stalked the pace from the inside after failing to make the
lead, and then lacked a serious response when called upon and finished fifth.

Bank Audit has certainly been the queen of the filly and mare sprint division
this past winter in New York. A distance of ground may lie ahead for her as she
might stretch out to a flat mile next month in the Bed O’ Roses H. (G3),
also at Aqueduct.

The main track was basically honest in sprints and routes all week except for
Thursday, when stalkers seemed to hold an edge sprinting. There were not any
pronounced path biases all week, although the outside seemed a tad better
on Wednesday.

Richard Migliore has an early advantage for leading jockey on the main track
with nine victories,
while Shaun Bridgmohan is three wins farther back in second. They are followed by
Stewart Elliott in third, with Mike Luzzi and Edgar Prado in a deadheat for
fourth.

Richard Dutrow Jr. picked up right where he left off on the inner track and
leads all trainers over the main surface with five wins to his credit.
McGaughey is second with four victories from just five starters. Mike Hushion is tied for third with Rick Violette Jr., who is a perfect
three-for-three at the meet.

HORSES TO WATCH

Wednesday (3/23)

2ND – BLAZING TUNE (Concorde’s Tune) may have found a new home in sprints.
She held well chasing a superior speed rival from the outset and defeated the
front runner, but could not contain a fresh closer in a race that was fast
throughout.

3RD – MISS BEEKMAN PLACE (Yes It’s True) is a recent Florida arrival who
chased the pace, but tired by the time the field turned into the stretch. She
may not want a wet track, nine furlongs or both, and would benefit from a
cutback in distance as her lone sibling to race, Gold Cross (Southern Rythm), did
very well in sprints.

Thursday (3/24)

2ND – TOUR ON REVIEW (Tour d’Or) came in a strong second off a freshening
while making his first start in a $35,000 maiden claimer. The sophomore colt
held extremely well attending the pace throughout in a much-improved effort. He
fits well at this level and has good tactical speed.

4TH – NETCONG (Meadow Flight) showed a dramatic reversal in form dropping
down to the $10,000 level. He exhibited surprise early speed from an outside
post to track a sprinter who stretched out successfully and wired the field. The
colt is fond of nine furlongs and jockey Julian Pimental appears to ride him
very well.

Friday (3/25)

2ND – BRETTITUS (Broad Brush) was compromised by an indecisive ride dropping
down to the $35,000 maiden claiming level for the first time. The bay colt was
caught wide around the clubhouse turn versus a slow pace. He was out-moved around
the far turn by a deep closer, but continued on well for the place while clearly
second best.

6TH – TIFFANY TOUCH (Deputy Minister) came in a sharp second off a long
layoff making only her second start at a distance of ground. The sophomore miss
finished with good energy in the stretch, chasing home an odds-on winning
favorite who enjoyed a perfect trip. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Tiffany Touch
finished nearly three lengths clear of the third-place finisher in a race that
was fast throughout.

Saturday (3/26)

3RD – CRAFTY NEW YORKER (Goldminer’s Gold) put in a useful effort in his well-bet debut. The colt carved out lively fractions on the front end before
retiring. He is bred for sprints and to win early in his career.

4TH – THEATRICAL GLORY (Honour and Glory) ran exceptionally well despite
finishing out of the money. The gelding attended a very quick pace and held well
all things considered. Although he defeated both pace rivals, he could not
contain the closers in a race that was extremely fast for the class level.

9TH – ZIM AND TORRE (Two Punch) failed to sustain his rally in deep stretch
while lengthening out in a race that quickened noticeably late. He exits a pair
of very strong races in both efforts versus winners and deserves another chance
at a flat mile before being labeled as a late-running sprinter.