03/21/2011 2:35PM

Aqueduct: Dawly seems ideally suited to try two turns


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Temperatures were in the mid-30s Monday morning, and it was raining with the occasional snow flurry mixed in. If you need further evidence spring hasn’t truly sprung, consider there is one more week of racing over Aqueduct’s inner track.

The first of the final five inner track cards will likely be run under wet conditions with more rain forecast for Wednesday. A wet track shouldn’t hamper Dawly, who stretches out around two turns for the first time in the day’s featured entry-level optional $75,000 claimer for 3-year-olds going one mile.

Five were entered for the race, including Black Diablo, who was entered just hours after winning a $20,000 maiden claimer by a head last Friday going six furlongs.

The Grade 3 Gotham Stakes on March 5 was to have been Dawly’s first start around two turns, but he was scratched out of that race. As a son of Awesome Again out of a Tiznow mare, Dawly certainly has the pedigree to handle two turns.

Dawly was claimed out of a winning race by owner Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables last Dec. 17 for $50,000. He won that day and, in his first start for Dubb, Bethlehem, and trainer Steve Asmussen, Dawly won a starter allowance by 1 1/2 lengths in the mud while being forced to race wide from the three-eighths pole to the wire. The horse he beat that day, Ninety Five South, did come back to win a $50,000 claiming race by four lengths.

“I thought he was impressive,’’ said assistant trainer Toby Sheets. “He didn’t have things his way, he went five wide, and he still dug in. He trains like he wants to go long.’’

Simba’s Story, from the Todd Pletcher barn, is also attempting two turns for the first time. A son of Elusive Quality, Simba’s Story comes off a maiden win in his third start. Before that, he finished second to Flashpoint, who came out of that Jan. 15 maiden victory to take the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream.

“He’s a horse we got feeling is capable of stretching out,’’ said assistant trainer Jonathan Thomas. “He seems to be a versatile sort. He seemed out of his comfort zone last time having to be pushed the whole way.’’

Arthur’s Tale, a son of Bernardini, drops into allowance company after running fourth in both the Count Fleet and Whirlaway stakes.

Magical Myth, who won a two-turn maiden race last summer in the slop at Monmouth Park, completes the compact field.