02/01/2012 4:39PM

Aqueduct: Candyman E, Calibrachoa come into Toboggan off layoffs

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Candyman E will make his first start since winning the De Francis Memorial Dash in October when he returns for Saturday's Toboggan.

Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan Stakes drew a solid group of eight older sprinters with the two top contenders – Candyman E and Calibrachoa – returning from extended layoffs.

Candyman E went 6 for 7 in 2011 and won all four of his starts for trainer Tony Dutrow, including the $150,000 De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel on Oct. 22, his most recent race.

Dutrow said the allure of the purse was incentive to ship the horse from south Florida to New York for this six-furlong race.

“That’s a bunch of money, I’m sure it’ll not be an easy race, but I’ll bet you it’d be tougher at Gulfstream,’’ Dutrow said Wednesday from south Florida. “He’s going up there 90-percent ready. I can’t know he’s going to run his best race off the layoff.”

Candyman E, who will break from post 7 under Ramon Dominguez, will be coupled in the wagering with Flat Bold as both are partly-owned by Michael Dubb. Flat Bold has not run since finishing third in the Fall Highweight on Nov. 24.

Calibrachoa is 3 for 3 over the inner track, including a win in this race last winter. Calibrachoa, who won the Grade 3 Bold Ruler at Belmont in November, has not run since finishing third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile over Aqueduct’s main track on Nov. 26.

Calibrachoa will break from post 8 under Junior Alvarado. He will be coupled in the wagering with Caixa Eletronica, who won the Rise Jim Stakes here on Jan. 8 by 4 3/4 lengths. Cornelio Velasquez rides from post 8.

Others entered in the Toboggan include Dr Disco, Rule by Night, Diski Dance, and J J’s Lucky Train.

Interborough rematch in Correction

Nicole H and Winning Image, separated by a neck when first and second, respectively, in the Interborough Stakes here on New Year’s Day, top a seven-horse field entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Correction Stakes.

Nicole H, coming off a 10-week layoff, overcame some traffic to run down the pacesetting Winning Image, who was pressed through solid early fractions. Ramon Dominguez rides Nicole H from the rail.

Saturday, Winning Image will break from an outside post under Jose Caraballo.

Golden Mystery has switched barns from Juan Carlos Guerrero to Tony Dutrow. She has not run since finishing seventh as the favorite in the Cornucopia Stakes at Parx last Nov. 25.

Others entered include Love That Dance, Cinco de Mayo Mio, Streaker, and Honchis ‘n Ponchis.

◗ Stormy’s Majesty, who finished fifth in the Alex Robb Stakes here on Dec. 31 after stumbling at the start, worked five furlongs in 1:00.98 Wednesday over the Belmont training track. It was the fastest of 14 works at the distance. Stormy’s Majesty, who stepped on himself in that race tearing off a piece of his hoof, could be a candidate for the $75,000 Mr. G.J.G Stakes for New York-breds on Feb.12.


Toboggan S. (G3), Post Time: 3:37 ET Saturday

Purse: $150,000; 6 furlongs





ML Odds


Dr Disco

B. Brown

M. Luzzi



Flat Bold

R. Rodriguez

I. Ortiz, Jr.



Rule By Night

S. Asmussen

C. Lopez



Diski Dance

C. Lynch

A. Arroyo



Caixa Electronica

T. Pletcher

J. Alvarado



J.J's Lucky Train

W. Anderson

J. Flores



Candyman E

A. Dutrow

R. Dominguez




T. Pletcher

C. Velasquez