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Aqueduct: Cluster of Stars goes to Plan B in Thursday allowance
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Javier Castellano’s primary reason for leaving Gulfstream Park to come to Aqueduct Thursday is to ride Caixa Eletronica in the $75,000 Uncle Mo Stakes.
But he will also get to ride the undefeated filly Cluster of Stars in a $64,000 second-level allowance race, which goes as race 4 on the program.
Cluster of Stars, whose training is overseen by Steve Asmussen’s New York-based assistant Toby Sheets, was being pointed for an overnight stakes last week that failed to fill, so she went in this open company allowance race instead.
Castellano rode Cluster of Stars to a head victory over heavily favored Nicole H in the $100,000 Correction Stakes here on Feb. 2, the same day he rode Revolutionary to victory in the Withers Stakes.
Cluster of Stars, making just her third start, was headed and passed by eight-time stakes winner Nicole H, but battled back to beat that rival at the wire.
“He put me in real tight,” Castellano said, referring to Channing Hill, the rider of Nicole H. “I thought the only way I could win is if he touched me and maybe I could claim foul. He never touched me, but my filly came back. She didn’t want to get beat that day.”
Cluster of Stars may have benefitted from a seven-pound weight break she received from Nicole H in the Correction. Thursday, Cluster of Stars will concede 10 pounds to Saichi Sweepin and Well Kept and three pounds to Smoldering Beauty, a 7 1/2-length winner over the inner track on Feb. 10, and McCarren Park.
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