01/19/2012 4:11PM

Aqueduct: I Want Revenge tries to shake off rust in Evening Attire

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Barbara D. Livingston
I Want Revenge has not won a race since the 2009 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and makes his first start in eight months in Saturday's Evening Attire.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – I Want Revenge looks well spotted to rekindle his past glory while continuing his trainer’s incredible hot streak in Saturday’s $75,000 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct.

Winless since his victory in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial here in April 2009, I Want Revenge returns from an eight-month layoff to face five modest opponents in the Evening Attire, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the inner track.

I Want Revenge, who won the Grade 3 Gotham over the inner track by 8 1/2 lengths in March 2009, has not run since finishing second to Hymn Book in an overnight stakes at Belmont in May. He had some physical issues that his trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., believes are behind him.

“He’s been training good, doing real good. I’m thinking he’s going to run big,” Dutrow said Thursday. “He likes the inner track. He’s run big on it. He’s got plenty of breezes in him. I expect he’s going to show up.”

Dutrow’s horses have shown up all winter, especially lately. When Great Gracie Dane won Thursday’s seventh race, it was Dutrow’s eighth win from the last nine races in which he has participated at Aqueduct. That encompasses 12 starters Overall, Dutrow is a meet-leading 19 for 52 at the inner track meet with six stakes victories.

I Want Revenge has enough speed to take this field gate to wire under Ramon Dominguez, but Dutrow said riding tactics will depend on how I Want Revenge breaks.

“If he breaks with the field it’s going to be an easy kind of ride,” Dutrow said. “He’s got more speed than the outside horses.”

There is a chance of an off track on Saturday, but I Want Revenge ran well on a “good” track in May.

Eighttofasttocatch is the horse directly inside of I Want Revenge and he displayed good speed winning the Jennings Handicap, a one-turn mile race at Laurel last out. Eighttofasttocatch is in career form, having won three of his last four starts for trainer Tim Keefe.

“In the event there isn’t any pace if he ends up in front that’s fine. It worked out for us in the Jennings,” Keefe said. “We have the one hole, we’re not going to drag him back, but if there’s one or two horses who want to go we’ll be happy to sit off it.”

Eighttofasttocatch is 2 for 3 over an off track so any moisture in the track should not be a hindrance.

Redding Colliery is trying to regain the graded-stakes form he displayed as a 4-year-old in 2010. He enjoyed a lot of his success back then racing close to the pace. He returned from a year layoff to finish sixth in an overnight stakes at Penn National, a race in which he was off the pace and wide. He made a middle move during that race before tiring.

Since being claimed last August, Jimanator is 3 for 5, including a victory in the Grade 3 Fred Hooper at Calder last Nov. 26 for trainer Michael Trombetta.

Day of Destiny and Thunder Ball complete the field.

 

Evening Attire S., Post Time: 3:37 ET Saturday

Purse: $75,000; 1 1/16 miles

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Eighttofasttocatch

T. Keefe

S. Russell

2-1

1

I Want Revenge

R. Dutrow, Jr.

R. Dominguez

7-5

1

Jimanator

M. Trombetta

C. Velasquez

8-1

1

Day of Destiny

D. Shivmanagal

I. Ortiz, Jr.

30-1

1

Thunder Ball

J. Corrales

H. Vega

12-1

1

Redding Colliery

K. McLaughlin

A. Garcia

3-1