11/16/2011 5:02PM

Aqueduct: Impressive debut winners clash in first-level allowance sprint

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Redeemed, winning the Oklahoma Derby, is the highweight among eight 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's Discovery Handicap.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of first-level allowance races share top billing on Friday’s Aqueduct program.

Two grandsons of Danzig who posted impressive victories first time out – Spring to the Sky and Artest – head a field of five 2-year-olds entered in a race 2, a six-furlong sprint on the main track.

Spring to the Sky bobbled at the break when unveiled by Bruce Brown on a muddy track at Belmont Park in late September, but recovered to take the early lead and drew off steadily to win by nearly 10 lengths. He earned a solid 85 Beyer Speed Figure for that performance, which came at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Artest received a Beyer of only 61 for a six-length score back in June for leading trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., but three of the six that finished behind him returned to win their next starts, including Vexor, the eventual winner of the Grade 2 Nashua at Belmont’s fall meet; and Finale, who captured the Grade 3 Summer Stakes on turf at Woodbine.

Artest, a son of Hard Spun, has worked three times at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s main track over the past four weeks.

He Can Run, a Successful Appeal homebred who came from off the pace to win his debut at Laurel Park last month, ships in for Alan Goldberg.

Coyote Canyon, purchased following an off-the-board finish at Remington Park in late summer, makes his local bow for Eddie Barker. He is in for the optional $75,000 claim price.

Hannibal Lecter, fourth in the Toccet Stakes here 12 days ago, will be second-time Lasix for John Toscano.

An overflow field of fillies and mares entered race 8, a $53,000 allowance scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Among a large handful of turf-meant contenders are Decennial, Mystic City, and One Last Dance, who all drop from stakes. Race to Urga, who was beaten two lengths in the Hatoof Stakes despite a tough trip, will be favored if able to draw in from the also-eligible list for Christophe Clement.

E Z Passer, Royal Lahaina, and Shocking Behavior entered for dirt only.

Redeemed highweight for Discovery

Book-ended by Eltheeb and Arthur’s Tale, a pair of Bernardini colts from Shadwell Stable and Godolphin Stable, a field of eight was drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Discovery Handicap.

The Grade 3 Discovery, the final graded stakes of the New York season for 3-year-old males, will be race 8 and the third leg of a $250,000 guaranteed late pick four.

From the rail out with riders, the field is: Eltheeb (Irad Ortiz Jr.); Golden Gulch (Jose Lezcano); Ghost Gunner (John Velazquez); Redeemed (Edgar Prado); Socialsaul (Ramon Dominguez); Raison d’Etat (Javier Castellano); Philly Ace (David Cohen); and Arthur’s Tale (Alan Garcia).

Redeemed, whose four wins this year include the recent Oklahoma Derby, is the 121-pound highweight, conceding anywhere from five to seven pounds.

Saturday’s late pick four begins with race 6, the $60,000 Pay the Butler overnight stakes, scheduled for 1 1/1/6 miles on turf.