02/14/2013 6:43PM

Aqueduct: Ea shortens up to 9 furlongs in Moro Stakes

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Ea, winning the Coyote Lakes, seems to be more effective at distances greater than the 1 1/8 miles of the Moro Stakes.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer David Jacobson will have a slight concern, though not in the usual sense, when he sends Ea out as the probable favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Moro Stakes at Aqueduct.

Jacobson will hope the 1 1/8 miles of the Moro will be long enough for Ea, a 9-year-old gelding who has found a niche as a 1 1/2-mile specialist.

"My only question is, is it too short?" Jacobson said Thursday. "If it was a mile and a half, I’d love him on Saturday."

Even at nine furlongs, it’s hard not to like Ea in the Moro, a race restricted to horses who have started for a claiming price. The Moro, carded as the fourth on Saturday’s 10-race program, replaces the Stymie, which failed to fill, as the feature.

Ea, a son of Dynaformer, is a two-time winner at 1 1/8 miles, including a nose victory in an off-the turf $20,000 claiming race last August at Saratoga. He came back a week later and dominated a two-mile allowance race at the Spa before turning back to 1 1/16 miles to win an off-the-turf claimer at Belmont.

In his last two starts – both at 1 1/2 miles – Ea was beaten three-quarters of a length in an optional claimer before winning the Coyote Lakes Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths.

"I thought he ran up to our expectations," Jacobson said of Ea in the Coyote Lakes.

The competition Saturday is modest at best for Ea, who beaks from post 5 under David Cohen. As the 123-pound highweight, Ea will spot five pounds to his five rivals.

Keep Me Informed is somewhat intriguing, stretching out from a pair of one-mile races for trainer John Toscano, who won a six-way shake to claim the ridgling for $35,000 on Jan.  9. Keep Me Informed is a two-time winner at 1 1/8 miles, including a maiden score at Saratoga and a first-level allowance victory at Belmont.

"I think the further the better for him," Toscano said. "Our horse will appreciate the added distance. He’s doing great, he really is. Hopefully, he’ll run well."

Of the other three horses in the field, only Isn’t He Perfect has won at 1 1/8 miles. He will be running in his fourth stakes of this meet, with his best finish coming in the Evening Attire at 1 1/16 miles when he was beaten one-half length by Last Gunfighter. Isn’t He Perfect was cross-entered in Monday’s Grade 3, $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel, but is expected to run in New York, according to trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal.

Joan’s Choice finished a neck in front of Keep Me Informed when the two were third and fourth behind 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice in a one-mile allowance race on Jan. 30.

Burned Bridges and Layers complete the field.