04/21/2010 11:21AM

Aqueduct: A few key scratches; no Johnny V.


Fast and firm to kick off the final week of racing at Aqueduct.

 The key changes:

1st race ---C'Est Qui Ton Pere, 3-5 on the morning line, was scratched. He won a higher-priced claimer than this just five days ago. Prince Cody announced as a gelding.

3rd race --- John Velazquez called in sick with stomach virus so he's off 2-1 morning-line second chioce So It Goes. Victor Santiago rides. Velazquez's only other mount was Mor Chances in the eighth. Cornelio Velasquez picks up that mount.

7th race _ Friend or Foe, the stronger half of the Mary and Chester Broman owned-entry is out as is Game Token. Don't see Backcountry Boy, the other half of the entry, being 8-5 in here. Could be Brazen Kat's day after twice knocking on the door in this conditon.

 Jose Bermudez replaces Simon Husbands on longshot.

8th race -- Monte Carlo, Tall Poppi and Six Flings are all out of the Billy Redcoat Stakes. Mr. Fantasy looks like a deserving favorite. Groomedforvictory looks like main threat.

 One more thing .... Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame trainer (and human being) Allen Jerkens. The Chief is 81 today.