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Seven Seek Berth Down the Road in Whirlaway

2/2/2011

Seven 3-year-olds will look to advance on the New York road to the Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway Stakes.

Putting a two-for-two record on the line as the 2-1 favorite in the Whirlaway is Klaravich Stable's Rescind the Trade, who broke his maiden at Parx Racing and next took a one-mile, 70-yard optional claimer at Aqueduct on Dec. 19.

"His Parx race was very professional," said trainer Rick Violette, Jr. "He had to tap on the brakes a couple of times, and prevailed in a stretch-long duel over a horse who won the next time out. In his next start, his first around two turns, the first turn surprised him, and when he got to the five-eighths pole he didn't understand he still had another turn to go. He lost all position, but then circled widest and came back to beat a horse (Pants On Fire) who went on to finish second in the Lecomte stakes at the Fair Grounds. So he overcame a less than perfect trip, and those turned out to be nice horses he beat. You hope it carries forward."

Alan Garcia will ride the Put It Back colt from post position 3.

J J's Lucky Train, 5-2 on the morning line, saw his two-race win streak snapped when he finished second to Monzon in the Count Fleet on New Year's Day. Monzon has since been shipped to Florida, and J J's Train remains in New York under the care of trainer W. D. Anderson.

Preachintothedevil comes into the Whirlaway off a mild upset in the Champagneforashley, in which he sat three-wide before taking over and pulling clear to a 3 1/4-length victory, his second in three starts. Trained by Gary Contessa, the Pulpit colt was a 7 1/4-length winner in his debut and next finished third in the Damon Runyon.

"It will be the acid test," said Contessa. "With a young horse, you like to see every race be a step forward, whether it's a baby step or a big step. He went from a maiden race to a stakes, and performed well, and then won a stakes. He's continuing to impress me. And if we have even the remotest idea this horse has a chance to go to the Triple Crown, this is the place to find out."

Junior Alvarado rides Preachintothedevil, 4-1 on the morning line, from post 5.

Sky Music, a  New York-bred son of Sky Mesa, fetched $140,000 as a yearling at Saratoga's Fasig Tipton sale. He has two victories in four starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, all against fellow state-breds. He followed his maiden victory at Belmont Park on Oct. 3 with a 3 3/4-length win in the Restrainor Stakes over the Big A's main track on Nov. 18, and then finished fourth and third, respectively, as the favorite in the Damon Runyon Stakes and the Champagneforashley.

"They all change so rapidly this time of year," said Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell, whose Sky Music drew post position 7 for the race. "Dramatic things happen. Some of those unwatched pots begin to boil, and that's where we hope he is.

"He got off to a splendid start and won a stakes," said Campbell. "We think, repeat, think he got a little unlucky in his past two. In the Damon Runyon he was in all sorts of trouble, and in his last race he dropped back and then came extremely wide. I think we might have had the best horse, and in this race, against open company, we'll find out. Now's the time to take a shot. He's got the right to be a good horse, and, he's in good hands."

David Cohen will be aboard Sky Music, listed at 10-1 on the morning line.

Norman Asbjornson carries a two-race winning streak into the Whirlaway, having broken his maiden in a one-mile event at Penn National in December and following that up with a front-running allowance win at Parx on Jan. 11.

"The two turns has really helped him," said trainer Christopher Grove. The Real Quiet colt was winless in his first three starts sprinting. "He didn't show a whole lot going short. It's a little ambitious, but he keeps improving."

J.D. Acosta will ride Norman Asbjornson, 20-1 on the morning line, from post position 4.

Darley Stable's Arthur's Tale was fourth in the Count Fleet. The Graham Motion-trained Toby's Corner has won his two most recent starts at Laurel Park by a combined 12 lengths.


--Edited from Aqueduct release

Saturday, Race 8
Whirlaway Stakes
Aqueduct
Purse: $100,000
Distance: 1 1/16 Mile
Surface: Dirt
Post Time: 3:49 ET

Post
Horse
  ML Jockey
Wt
S
M
Trainer
1
Toby's Corner (FL)
  6-1 E. Castro
118
C
L*
G. Motion
2
Arthur's Tale (KY)
  6-1 C. C. Lopez
116
C
L
T. Albertrani
3
Rescind the Trade (FL)
  2-1 A. Garcia
118
C
L
R. Violette, Jr.
4
Norman Asbjornson (PA)
  20-1 J. Acosta
122
C
L
C. Grove
5
Preachintothedevil (NY)
  4-1 J. Alvarado
118
C
L
G. Contessa
6
J J's Lucky Train (KY)
  5-2 J. Ferrer
120
C
L
W. Anderson
7
Sky Music (NY)
  10-1 D. Cohen
118
C
L
T. Pletcher

J J's Lucky Train - Blinkers off

Owners: 1 - Cotter, Diane, D.; 2 - Darley Stable; 3 - Klaravich Stables, Lawrence, William, H.;
4 - McClay, Thomas, G., Nye, Harry; 5 - Crossed Sabres Farm; 6 - Fresh Start Stable; 7 - Dogwood Stable

Breeders: 1 - Diane D. Cotter; 2 - Stone Farm; 3 - Stud El Aguila; 4 - Thomas G. McClay, Harry C. Nye III &
Horseshoe Valley Equine; 5 - Jeffrey Tucker; 6 - EICO Stable; 7 - Berkshire Stud

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