04/18/2012 2:52PM

Aqueduct: Europeans liven up turf features


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – European imports spice up a pair of turf allowance races scheduled as the co-features on Friday’s nine-race card at Aqueduct.

Laughing, a half-sister to the Irish-bred Comic Strip – an eight-time Group 1 winner in Hong Kong – tops a $69,000 second-level allowance race going a mile in the day’s third event.

Laughing went 2 for 4 in Ireland last year before shipping to North America, where she finished seventh in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine last Oct. 16. Trained by Charles O’Brien then, she has since been transferred to trainer Alan Goldberg in New Jersey.

“She’s doing well. I think it’s probably short for her,” said Goldberg, who entered the week with 998 career victories. “She’s a headstrong filly, so I thought if I ran her a mile there would be enough speed to get her covered up without fighting her too much.”

Goldberg, who trains at a training center in Colts Neck, N.J., said all of Laughing’s breezes have been on the dirt because the turf course there hasn’t been suitable to use.

“She’s just steady,” Goldberg said “She just rattles off those” 12-second furlongs.

Laughing, who gets Lasix for the first time, will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

There does seem to be ample speed in the field with Classical Fashion, Silver Screamer, and Linda Winz in the field. Linda Winz was entered and raced in a similar condition race on Wednesday at Aqueduct going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Later on Friday’s card, Magical Cat, a 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway, makes her North American debut in a $67,000 first-level allowance race, also going a mile.

Magical Cat is trained by John Terranova, whose barn heated up over the weekend with a couple of turf wins. Magical Cat has not run since last August, when she finished second in a 12-horse field at Killarney in Ireland.

“She trains like she has a lot of ability,” Terranova said. “She shipped over highly regarded. A mile might be on the short side – I think she wants a lot more distance - but it’s time to get a race into her.”

John Velazquez rides Magical Cat, also first-time Lasix, from post 2.

Singn On Themoon was a front-running maiden winner at Belmont last fall and finds a field without much speed. Two starts back, Singn On the Moon was beaten one length by Karlovy Vary, who came back to win the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland.

Zultanite, a maiden winner over this course last November, and Freedom Rings, comprise an uncoupled entry from the barn of trainer David Donk.