12/05/2011 3:10PM

Aqueduct: Motion Lounge has key factors in her favor


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pedigree that suggests she will enjoy stretching out, the likelihood of a contested pace, and the possibility of a wet track give Motion Lounge a slight edge in a seemingly wide-open renewal of the $65,000 East View Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies Wednesday at Aqueduct.

Scheduled to be run Sunday, the East View, run at a mile and 70 yards, was held over until Wednesday and will share billing with the $60,000 Pandera Stakes for open-company 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs. There is a forecast for rain Tuesday into Wednesday, which, if correct, would not be a detriment to Motion Lounge.

Motion Lounge, a daughter of Rockport Harbor trained by Dominick Schettino, overcame a slow start and rallied from 13 lengths back to win her debut by 6 1/4 lengths sprinting at Saratoga over an extremely wet surface. She came back in the Joseph Gimma Stakes at Belmont two months later and finished a nonthreatening fifth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths. She did not break particularly sharply that day and had a wide trip in a sprint race that didn’t have significant pace.

“They didn’t go fast enough in front,” said Schettino, who trains Motion Lounge for Anthony Bonomo’s Brooklyn Boyz Stables. “She settled back and made a run. She ran a respectable race. Two turns is going to help her. She’s doing very well.”

Apprentice Irad Oritz Jr. will ride Motion Lounge from post 5.

Schettino also entered recent maiden winner My Jopia, but was not sure she would run. Schettino does believe My Jopia would enjoy stretching out around two turns. Ryan Curatolo is named.

Trainer Jim Ryerson will stretch Lenders Way out in distance for the first time. Lenders Way, a daughter of Hook and Ladders, won a maiden race by 4 1/4 lengths in the mud at Belmont on Oct. 2. She came back three weeks later to finish third in the Joseph A. Gimma, and three weeks after that she finished third in a New York Stallion Stakes race going six furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track.

Ryerson said it was “a last-minute decision” to enter Lenders Way in this spot after being told the race could come up light.

“We were going to think about stretching her out,” Ryerson said. “She’s a trier, pretty precocious. We’ll see how far she wants to go.”

Junior Alvarado, who won 11 races in the first five days of the inner-track meet, has the call from the outside post in the seven-horse field.

Double Mint, Cute Cadet, Berning Carbs, and Court of Dreams complete the field.

Gyarmati seeks to continue roll

Leah Gyarmarti, who has won 2 races from 3 starters to begin the inner-track meet, hopes to continue her roll on Wednesday when she sends out Well Kept in the $60,000 Pandera Stakes for juvenile fillies at six furlongs. Well Kept is the only locally-based horse in the five-horse field, which includes three horses shipping in from Maryland and one from Charles Town.

After finishing third in her debut at Saratoga, Well Kept came back to win a maiden race by four lengths at Belmont and a first-level allowance by 1 1/4 lengths over Aqueduct’s main track on Nov. 17. Well Kept, who gets the services of Ramon Dominguez, could play out as the primary speed in the compact field.

Defy Gravity has won 3 of 5 starts, including the Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel for trainer Valora Testerman. Others in the field include Dance to Bristol, Prateada, and Terralba.