11/12/2012 5:26PM

Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series races have chalky favorites

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Sunny Desert, claimed for $35,000 last December, has earned $200,000 in 2012.

A Wednesday card at the Big A is spiced up by two stakes and a two-day carryover in the pick six of $89,489.

Odds-on favorites loom large in both divisions of the New York Stallion Series at seven furlongs. Sunny Desert looks every bit of 3-5 in the Staten Island for fillies and mares, and Sportswriter may be even shorter than that in the Thunder Rumble for colts and geldings.

Unfortunately for budget-minded pick six bettors, the Staten Island division is race 3, and thus Sunny Desert is not in the sequence. But Sportswriter figures to be a single for many in the Thunder Rumble, which is race 5.

The pick six gets under way at 1:47 p.m. Eastern with race 4, a one-mile maiden claimer that was originally scheduled for last Thursday’s snowed-out program.

Sunny Desert was claimed from her third start for $35,000 last December by John Parisella on behalf of Saul and Max Kupferberg. After a pair of runner-up finishes in January, she won four straight races from late March through mid-September, and has now earned an even $200,000 for the year.

“She’s just been kind of special,” said Parisella. “She’s the kind of filly where you have to space her out in between starts.”

Sunny Desert was on the lead for her maiden win and the Judy Soda overnight stakes, but in between she rallied from off the pace to win a New York Stallion race at Belmont and a second-level allowance at Saratoga beneath Ramon Dominguez.

“I’m looking for her to be on the lead, but if someone else wants it, she can sit second with Ramon,” said Parisella.

Lady On the Run, who rallied from last to win this race a year ago at even money, will be second choice second time back from a layoff for John Morrison. She missed second by a nose with a belated rally in the Iroquois in her return.

Haldane, Jitney and Mah Jong Maddnes complete the field.

Chalk players swore off Sportswriter after he lost three straight as the favorite in April, May and June, including a New York Stallion loss at 2-5. The gray gelding, however, made them pay at Saratoga when he outgamed 3-5 King Kreesa in a one-mile New York Stallion race on turf.

“We bought him for the grass, and we were a little disappointed the way he ran on it the first time,” said trainer Rudy Rodriguez, whose meet-leading seven wins include Kelli Got Frosty in Sunday’s Fifth Avenue for 2-year-old fillies. “This horse trains very, very good in the morning.

Among the seven in the Thunder Rumble, Sportswriter is the only one who trains at Aqueduct. He comes off a stick-out Beyer Speed Figure of 91 in the Hudson – a number earned despite a significant loss of position while attempting to maneuver off the inside around the turn.

Game Token tops the group in wins and earnings, and comes off an improved race behind the streaking Big Business, who has won four in a row. Game Token blew out in a bullet 36.20 seconds for trainer Richard Schoberg last week.

Frisky Warrior is the second choice after four straight wins at Finger Lakes for Ralph D’Alessandro.

Anaphylaxis, Dave’s Shadow, Keltic Fighter and Maggie’s Hadder also were entered.

raymond More than 1 year ago
Saul & Max are wonderful people, who have contibuted a great deal to not just the thoroughhbred industry. I am very happy for their claim and wish them the very best and hope they continue to support our great sport of thoroughbred racing and continued efforts in the farm business. Thank you Saul & Max.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Saul and Max selected a good, good Trainer in Parisella, a hard worker since the 60's - 70's on the Jersey circuit. Go on with it guys!
raymond More than 1 year ago
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