03/26/2012 3:51PM

Aqueduct: First turf races appear on diverse card

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Royal Currier sets the Parx track record for six furlongs winning the Gallant Bob.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – There’s something for everyone when racing resumes at Aqueduct on Wednesday.

In race 2, Royal Currier, who won Parx Racing’s $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes in a track-record 1:07.51 for six furlongs, will shoulder 130 pounds in a $55,000 starter handicap, conceding anywhere from 11 to 16 pounds to Jet Set Vinny, Laysh Laysh Laysh Laysh, Mineswept, Saint Daimon, Six Flings, and Starforaday.

Royal Currier’s two previous excursions to Aqueduct for trainer Patty Farro were both Grade 3 stakes. He ran fourth in the Bay Shore last spring after breaking through the gate before the start.three weeks ago, he set a blistering pace to deep in the Tom Fool Handicap before fading to fifth.

Mother Nature permitting, turf racing gets under way with a pair of $20,000 “beaten” claimers that begin and end the pick six sequence. The first grass races are usually run about a week into April, but an exceptionally mild winter may allow for the first March start in memory. Temperatures were forecast to be in the mid-50s Wednesday, but there was a 40 percent chance of rain.

As might be expected, both races attracted overflow fields.

In race 4 for fillies and mares, Bobs Pinup Girl, idle seven weeks since being claimed by Rick Dutrow Jr., would rate lukewarm favoritism over Ready to Party, who won on “good” Aqueduct turf back in 2010. To the Point, who would be first in from the also-eligibles, won on the sharp-turned layout earlier in her career as well.

In race 9, Red Leader is the one to beat based on his grass form last fall, climaxed by a win over starter handicap rivals at Belmont.

His main challengers are returning from layoffs. Recharged has been idle since a close second over the course last November. Waywardville has not run since mid-January, but won at a $27 ticket off a much longer absence on the first day of turf racing here last spring, and ran well fresh over the course again in December when third at 32-1.

Two allowance races for New York-bred fillies and mares are carded back to back in the late pick four sequence.

In race 7, Sing Dixie Sing breaks from the rail, and will be odds-on for Jimmy Jerkens after beating maidens by better than 10 lengths in her last start.

Bailzee and Enniskillen are stretch threats in the six-furlong race. Enniskillen is the lone entrant in for the optional $25,000 claim price.

In race 8, Newbie breaks from the outside against six rival 3-year-old fillies going a mile out of the chute.

French Laundry, Hot Splash, Miss Libby and Pop Pop’s Smyle are all viable threats.

Risiky Rachel fine after stakes win

Risky Rachel, who won Saturday’s Broadway Stakes as the first career starter for trainer Juan “Manny” Coronel, came out of the race in good order.

“Everything was perfect,” said Coronel, 35, a native of Argentina who worked as an assistant for Frank “Pancho” Martin, Angel Penna Jr., and most recently for Jim Bond, who saddled the mare for three victories last year including the Iroquois Stakes.

“Over the next couple of days we’ll see what the best choice is for her,” said Coronel. “She’s a nice, nice New York-bred, so we want what’s best for her. We have to be smart for the next race. We want to win again.”

Risky Rachel, who won by better than six lengths, earned a career-best 93 Beyer Speed Figure in the Broadway.