03/28/2012 3:15PM

Aqueduct: Levine in position for a big day


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With five horses entered, including three morning-line choices and contenders in all three allowance races, Bruce Levine will be the busiest trainer at Aqueduct on Friday.

Levine’s best chance comes in race 3 with T J’s Stormy Wit, who was claimed from a blowout maiden win at Santa Anita earlier this month, and looms the one to catch and beat in her local bow for owner Roddy Valente.

“She’s doing the best of all of them – she’s quick,” said Levine.

T J’s Stormy Wit will be no better than even-money against Blushing Martha, Get Er Up, Hard Mystery, and McCarren Park in a first-level optional $50,000 starter claimer for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Although mired in the first-level allowance condition for a year now, Gambling Geraldine ran well enough in her first two starts for Levine to merit lukewarm favoritism in race 5. She comes off a third-place finish at slightly less than 6-5, and breaks outside against seven other New York-bred fillies and mares. Her biggest challenges may come from Easy Ending and My Jopia, who were maiden winners at the fall meet; and Sammzilla, who was second after an eventful trip first out this year.

Another California shipper brought to you by Valente and Levine is Mandated Bliss, who breaks from the rail against six other sprinters in race 6, a first-level optional $25,000 claimer.

Mandated Bliss won his first three dirt starts at Santa Anita, but was off the board in his California finale.

“He didn’t run his usual good race,” said Levine.

The 8-5 favorite, Cat in the Forest, was claimed from Valente and Levine from a win in his first local start, and makes his fourth start this month for David Jacobson.

The Levine-trained Captain Canuck is 8-5 against nine rivals in race 7, a conditioned $25,000 claimer, but may not start in what would be his first turf race since his career debut two years ago.

“He’s a good fit, but I’m not 100 percent sure he’s going to run,” he said.

Levine’s entrant in race 8 is Union Victory, who won 1 of 3 starts after being claimed opening day on the inner track.

“She’s doing good, but that’s a tough race – there’s a couple in there that are okay,” Levine observed.

True Feelings, second in the Schuylerville, and shipping up from Florida after a tough-trip return, is the probable favorite for Tony Dutrow.