01/29/2011 2:44PM

Aqueduct: Lakeman finishes third in training debut


 Andrew Lakeman said he has ``happy'' after Thisskysabeauty finished third in Saturday's second race. He was beaten 10 3-4 lengths by 1-5 favorite The Fed Eased.

 It was the first starter for Lakeman, the former jockey, as a trainer and it came 44 months after he was paralyzed in a spill at Belmont Park in May 2007. It was the first start for Thisskysabeauty, a 3-year-old son of Sky Mesa.

 Thisskysabeauty, under Ramon Dominguez, trailed the field early after breaking a step slow. He saved ground and did his best running in the final furlong, getting up by a head for third over Not Now Ashely.  The final time of the race was 1:10.74. The Fed Eased was coming out of a second-place finish to Crossbow, who runs in the fifth at Gulfstream.

Lakeman said that Dominguez told him ``he really liked the way he ran. He said he got a little excited in the post parade, was perfect in gate, broke perfect.''

 Lakeman said Thisskysabeauty ran ``the way I expected him to. He didn't show a lot of speed, but he showed a lot of stamina. I'll look for something long and run him long next time.''

Lakeman, 36, said he felt very emotional as the horses were loading in the gate.

 ``This is a huge step for me,'' he said. ``It's a dream that I had and helped me recover. ... This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I'm very, veyr happy. I'm happy, I have a purpose in life.''