04/23/2011 11:52AM

Aqueduct: Sloppy main track; only 8th on turf


It's a miserable closing day at Aqueduct with rain turning the main track into a sea of slop while prompting officials to take the 2nd and 6th race off the turf while leaving the 8th on ---- for now. Both the 2nd and 6th will be run at one mile over the wet main track.

 There are no scratches at this time in the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome Stakes for 3-year-olds. That goes as race 9 and looks like a solid affair with Astrology, Cal Nation and Rattlesnake Bridge heading the case.

 While most of the betting focus today will be on the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream, it should be noted that the entire pick-six pool at Aqueduct will also have to be distributed today as well because it's closing day. The sequence begins with race 5. There is no carryover entering the card. The late pick-four pool, starting with race 7, as usual will have a guaranteed $250,000 pool.

 Cornelio Velasquez enters the day with a 24-22 lead over Ramon Dominguez in the jockey standings. Both have 7 mounts on the card, going head to head in the second, fifth, eighth and ninth.

Linda Rice and David Jacobson are tied for leading trainer with 9 wins apiece. Jacobson has two runners while Rice has three including morning-line favorite Fight for V L T's in the fourth. Jacobson and Rice go head to head in the second as Jacobson sends out Starr West while Rice saddles Storm Rubi.

  Bruce Levine has 7 winners at the meet and has 5 horses entered in 4 races today so it's not inconceivable that he could work his way to the top of the standings with a big day.