04/16/2012 2:55PM

Aqueduct: Full of Gut brings winning knack to allowance


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – There were 451 horses claimed during Aqueduct’s inner-track meet and another 94 have been haltered since the main track opened on March 21.

The poster child for all this activity might be Full of Gut, who has been claimed in each of her last four starts and seven times in her career. Why so popular? Perhaps her record of 12 wins from 27 career starts has something to do with it.

“She obviously knows how to win,” said trainer Linda Rice, who claimed Full of Gut for $14,000 on March 25 and sends her out in an optional claimer going six furlongs Wednesday at Aqueduct. “We all like those kind.”

Full of Gut will be offered for $25,000 on a Wednesday card that begins with a pick-six carryover of $33,988. Full of Gut is one of seven fillies and mares entered in the $62,000 race, which also has a first-level allowance condition. Full of Gut has 12 wins; the other six horses have combined for 14.

“There might be a horse or two in there that’s just better than her, but some horses just have a knack, they just manage to get it done and others don’t,” said Rice, who trains Full of Gut for Barry Ostrager.

This is the second time Rice has had Full of Gut in her barn. In Marc 2011, Rice claimed Full of Gut for $25,000 and got two wins and a third out of her before losing her two months later for $20,000 to Richard Dutrow Jr.

Rice said that when she first got Full of Gut the mare had her issues. Rice said she needed noted equine hoof specialist Ian McKinlay to rebuild a bad foot. Also, Full of Gut underwent surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis.

“We did entrapment surgery and rebuilt that foot and I think it turned her into a new horse,” Rice said.

Full of Gut has won 6 of 10 starts since then, including a $14,000 claimer on March 25 in her first start over the main track, when she ran for trainer Chris Englehart.

“I thought she ran very well that day,” Rice said. “I’ve seen her stumble a little at the start and she wants to drift out a little bit in the stretch, which she did when I had her before. Sometimes she appears a little better than others. I thought she looked very good the other day.”

Natalie Victoria was beaten as the 2-5 favorite last out and makes her first start off the David Jacobson claim in this spot. Naughty or Nice is a well-bred daughter of Bernardini who comes off a maiden win in the mud over the inner track on March 1.

There are a couple of other allowance races on the program, including the seventh, a second-level sprint that marks the New York debut of Linda Winz, who is coming off a victory in a stakes race for California-breds at Santa Anita on March 17. She makes her first start for Dutrow.

The card begins with a second-level allowance race on the turf for New York-breds topped by East of Danzig and the uncoupled Rice-trained entry of Talk Therapy and Good Prospect.