02/10/2012 3:59PM

Aqueduct: Inherit the Gold too frisky to rest, so he'll run in Mr. G.J.G.


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Following knee surgery and a couple of subpar races, it was fair to question whether the now 6-year-old Inherit the Gold would be able to return to his razor-sharp form of early 2011.

Inherit the Gold answered those questions emphatically with a 6 1/4-length victory in the Haynesfield Stakes here at Aqueduct last month, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 104 that ranks as the top number in the country in races beyond one mile.

Inherit the Gold will attempt to keep the momentum going when he wheels back in three weeks for Sunday’s $75,000 Mr. G.J.G. Stakes for New York-breds at a mile and 70 yards. Mr. G.J.G. was a New York-bred gelding who won 14 of 81 starts in the 1980s, including the 1985 Alex M. Robb.

The Mr. G.J.G drew a field of seven, but trainer Graham Motion said late Friday afternoon that Icabad Crane would scratch from the race due to inflammation in his left foreleg.

Four of the six horses expected to run in the Mr. G.J.G. come out of the 2011 Alex Robb, including Spa City Fever, who went gate to wire to win at 34-1. Inherit the Gold finished fourth that day, seemingly compromised by a pedestrian pace that developed when likely pacesetter Stormy’s Majesty stumbled at the start. Stormy’s Majesty is back in here as is Spa City Fever, who leapt at the break of the Haynesfield before finishing fourth.

Jim Hooper, the trainer and part-owner of Inherit the Gold, said his horse came out of the Haynesfield so well that he felt compelled to run him back on three weeks’ rest for the second time this year.

“He came back to the test barn on his toes, stayed on his feed, did everything that you want a horse to do after a race to tell you that he was ready to go again,” Hooper said. “He’s doing as well maybe as he’s ever done.’’

Inherit the Gold will break from post 7 and is reunited with Eddie Castro, who guided him to five straight victories from Dec. 16, 2010 through April 2, 2011.

Stormy’s Majesty stepped on himself, or grabbed a quarter, when he stumbled in the Alex Robb. He has come back with three solid works over Belmont’s training track. He gets the services of C.C. Lopez, among the top front-running riders in the game.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr sends out the uncoupled entry of Groomeforvictory and Star of New York. Groomedforvictory finished third, beaten a neck, in the Alex Robb. Star of New York wheels back four days after winning an open company first-level allowance race here.

Uncle T Seven, third in the Haynesfield, completes the field.