03/09/2012 3:07PM

Aqueduct: I Want Revenge seeks much-needed win in Bryan G

Barbara D. Livingston
I Want Revenge is seeking his first win since taking the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in the spring of 2009.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – While I Want Revenge is still searching for the form that made him a Grade 1 winner three years ago, Seniors Pride has been running in the best form of his career.

Sunday, I Want Revenge and Seniors Pride will meet in the $75,000 Bryan G Stakes, a one-mile race that serves as the featured event on Aqueduct’s nine-race card.

I Want Revenge has not won since taking the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April 2009, a race that made him the Kentucky Derby favorite. An ankle injury knocked him out of the Derby and he has never quite been the same.

Last May, I Want Revenge ran a good second to Hymn Book in an overnight stakes. Hymn Book won last month’s Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream. I Want Revenge finished second to the front-running Redding Colliery in the Stymie over a speed-favoring inner track on Jan. 28.

“He may have needed the last race,” trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. “The horse that beat him is a nice enough horse, he run big. I hope it works out for us. It’s time for him to win a race, I hope that he does.”

I Want Revenge was entered to run in the Harrison Johnson Memorial at Charles Town on Feb. 28, but was scratched by the stewards because he was entered in trainer Tony Dutrow’s name though he was still in the care of Richard.

Alan Garcia rides I Want Revenge from post 3.

Seniors Pride was claimed by Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher for $50,000 last Oct. 15. In two starts since, he finished second to Joan’s Choice in a starter handicap and then beat Joan’s Choice in a starter handicap.

In his victory, here on Feb. 10, Seniors Pride did show the ability to win from a stalking position. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

“He was able to sit off a horse, that was nice,” said Mike McCarthy, Pletcher’s New York-based assistant. “He seems to have turned the corner these last couple 0f months. He’s a very nice horse to work around, seems to enjoy his job.”

Spa City Fever, who won the Alex Robb three back, was purchased privately by the Rising Graph Stable of Thoro-graph sheets guru Jerry Brown and Roger Newbauer from the previous owner Adam Madkour. He is now trained by Mike Hushion, who said he has had the horse for about two weeks.

Spa City Fever does his best running when forwardly placed.

Goombada Guska, who won the 2011 Stymie and Linebacker, third in an overnight stakes here on Feb. 18, complete the compact field