11/24/2011 3:34PM

Aqueduct: Distance should suit Managed Account in Remsen Stakes

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Managed Account wins the Toccet Stakes, the Remsen prep.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Even as she was running him in sprint races, trainer Teresa Pompay always felt Managed Account would be better suited to races at longer distances.

Pompay was proven correct when Managed Account successfully stretched out to a mile to win an overnight stakes at Aqueduct three weeks ago. On Saturday, Managed Account will stretch out around two turns and try 1 1/8 miles for the first time in a seemingly wide-open renewal of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen Stakes for juvenile colts at Aqueduct.

Managed Account, a son of Malibu Moon, is the only stakes winner among the 10 juveniles entered in the Remsen. Pompay will be trying to become just the second trainer in the modern era to win the Grade 1 Hopeful and Remsen in the same year with different horses. Bill Mott did it in 2007 with Majestic Warrior (Hopeful) and Court Vision (Remsen). Pompay won the Hopeful with Currency Swap, who has since been sidelined by an ankle chip.

Managed Account won his debut at 5 1/2 furlongs and then finished fourth in the Sapling and third in the NATC Futurity, both six-furlong stakes at Monmouth Park. In the Toccet, which served as the Remsen prep, Managed Account rallied from fifth to get up by a neck.

“When I was running him short before, I kept saying we need to stretch this horse out,” Pompay said this week from Gulfstream Park, where Managed Account worked a half-mile in a bullet 47 seconds. “He was making a run and not quite getting there. He was crying out for more distance. He likes to break and settle himself, and as the race goes on, he gets more aggressive. We did the mile okay. This was the next logical step.”

Trainer Graham Motion won this year’s Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, who finished second in the Preakness to Shackleford. In Saturday’s Remsen, Motion sends out Stephanoatsee, a half-brother to Shackleford who won an off-the-turf maiden race going a mile at Laurel Park on Oct. 21, his second start.

“He’s a horse that’s going to benefit from the distance,” Motion said Thursday from Southern California. “I was a little surprised he got the job done at Laurel. He’s a workmanlike horse who is really suited to the mile and an eighth at this stage.”

El Padrino and Souper Speedy are two of the more intriguing maiden winners stepping up in class and stretching out in distance. El Padrino, a son of Pulpit, won a one-mile maiden race by 12 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont on Oct. 29.

Souper Speedy, a half-brother to Brilliant Speed, won his debut in the mud at Belmont going seven furlongs.

Done Talking, who has won a pair of two-turn races on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, is by Broken Vow and out of a mare, Dixie Talking, who won the Grade 3 Cicada over Aqueduct’s main track.

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