03/19/2011 1:08PM

Aqueduct: And now, the worst race ever run in New York


 Aqueduct's opener and Gulfstream's opener finished 3 seconds apart after a five-minute delay in south Florida had both races going off virtually simultaneously. 

 Jockey David Cohen, off for a week, returned to the winner's circle with his first mount back, guiding Coaltown Legend from off the pace ($6.10) to edge out Dealy Lucky. A 19-1 longshot Tappintovictory ($41.20) won the opener at Gulfstream by the way. 

 And now on to the big event of the day at the Big A. ...

 Today's second race was already a dismal affair with the six horses that were entered. Now, with three scratches --- Rampant, Sly and Colie Z --- it is even more dreadful and has unofficially been crowned the worst race ever run in New York.

 Only one horse can win -- Marina Market ---- and he has lost his 17 starts. Randi Persaud trains 2 of 3 ``runners'' in this field. His instructions to Jaime Rodriguez, rider of Marina Market, should be ``don't fall off.''

 The other two left in the field, Incredible Speed and Ecru Egret, shouldn't even be allowed to run at any track, no less a NYRA track. The 10-year Incredible Speed is 3 for 71 lifetime, and the 8-year-old Ecru Egret is 2 for 73 in his illustrious career. Incredible Speed, owned by Team Jomar Stable and trained by Frank Martin, has lost his last 57 starts since winning at Saratoga on Aug. 18, 2006.

 Ecru Egret, the other horse from Persaud stable, has lost his last 54 starts dating back to Aug. 23, 2007.

Hopefully, Gulfstream's second race will go off at the same time so there will be something else to watch.