04/09/2013 1:08PM

Aqueduct: Baker Street to show speed from rail in Thursday allowance

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Barbara D. Livingston
Norumbega will make his 3-year-old debut in an optional claimer at Aqueduct on Thursday, having won his last start by four lengths at Saratoga in August.

Four allowance races are sprinkled through a stronger-than-usual Thursday program at Aqueduct, beginning with race 2, a first-level route at 1 1/8 miles that attracted some well-bred runners.

Baker Street, a Street Cry colt who is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Global Power, is the one to catch from the rail for Kiaran McLaughlin. The 4-year-old colt made a pair of promising starts on the inner track this year, capped by a game runner-up finish when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles.

Saint Vigeur, coming off a wire-to-wire win against maiden routers at Gulfstream in his seasonal debut for Chad Brown, figures as part of the early pace as well. The 3-year-old by Smart Strike is the first runner out of Sweet Way, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Life Is Sweet and Sweet Catomine, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2004.

Norumbega, a 3-year-old colt by Tiznow, is a half-brother to four horses who earned at least $200,000 apiece, including stakes winners Hunting, Quiet Harbor, and Seal Cove.

As a second-time starter at Saratoga, Norumbega won a 1 1/8-mile maiden race decisively while racing wide throughout. He was then sidelined by hind ankle issues that did not require surgery.

Jackin My Style and Mister Woolman complete the lineup.

A competitive group of 4-year-old fillies clash in race 8, a second-level allowance at six furlongs.

Glorious View steps up in search of her third straight victory for trainer Bill Mott. The daughter of Pleasant Tap had finished second on four occasions before finally notching her maiden win by 6 1/4 lengths Feb. 15, and she was equally impressive three weeks later, defeating first-level allowance rivals by five lengths.

“She could always run, [but] temperament caused her problems early on,” Mott said. “Now, it seems to be working in her favor rather than against her.”

As was the case for both of her wins, Glorious View comes in off a bullet half-mile workout.

Bella’s Fantasy, whose last dirt race was a fourth in last year’s Santa Anita Oaks, makes her New York and seasonal debuts for new trainer Linda Rice.

Also in with a chance are Expression, 3 for 3 this year on fast tracks; Greed and Fear, who won the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes last fall at Laurel; Ode to Sami, a two-time winner on Aqueduct’s main track in 2012; and Smokin’ Alice, who is 2 for 2 over the surface.