02/06/2012 3:37PM

Aqueduct: Nicole H will come back quickly for Barbara Fritchie

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Tom Keyser
Nicole H, winner of last Saturday's Correction, will target the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on Feb. 18.

It is not trainer Mike Hushion’s modus operandi to wheel a horse back in two weeks, but he believes the timing is right to do just that with Correction Stakes winner Nicole H, who will point to the Grade 2, $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 18.

Nicole H won Saturday’s Correction by 2 1/2 lengths – her fifth win her last six starts. She ran six furlongs in 1:11.08 and earned a modest Beyer Speed Figure of 81. Hushion did not view the performance as overly taxing on Nicole H.

“I’m a bit conservative running horses back, but I think there’s a time for it and this is certainly the time for it.” Hushion said Monday at Belmont Park. “If you watch her race over and over you see that she really just sprinted the last eighth of a mile. Other than that, it wasn’t what I would call the type of effort where she emptied out. Now we finally got her dead fit like she hasn’t been in a while to go for the seven-eighths race. It all just makes sense.”

The last time Nicole H ran at seven furlongs, she won the Grade 2 Distaff over Aqueduct’s main track last April.

Hushion will also be represented in the Fritchie by Lovely Lil, the New York-bred daughter of Tiznow who last November won the Grade 2 Go for Wand over Aqueduct’s main track. In her 5-year-old debut, Lovely Lil was upset as the 1-2 favorite by Opus A in a New York-bred stakes that was around two turns.

On Monday, Lovely Lil worked five furlongs in 1:01.86 over Belmont Park’s training track. She got her last quarter in 24.57 seconds.

“That’s a nice work over this track,” Hushion said.

Calibrachoa earns 105 Beyer

Like Nicole H, Calibrachoa remained undefeated over Aqueduct’s inner track with a victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Toboggan. Unlike Nicole H, Calibrachoa was quick, his six-furlong time of 1:09.47 being the fastest six furlongs of the inner track meet, which began on Nov. 30.

Calibrachoa, who hadn’t run since finishing third in the Cigar Mile last Nov. 26, earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance. Having recorded back-to-back victories in the Toboggan, Calibrachoa will look to do the same in the Tom Fool on March 3.

Calibrachoa’s stablemate, Caixa Eletronica, finished third in the Toboggan after getting bumped around on the backside. Caixa Eletronica is expected to wheel back in 16 days for the Grade 2, $150,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 20.

Camacho filling apprentice void

With riders Ryan Curatolo and Irad Ortiz Jr. recently graduating from apprentice to journeyman riders, there is a void in the room for an up-and-coming new rider. Samuel Camacho Jr. is doing his best to fill that void.

Camacho rode three winners over the weekend, two for Gary Contessa, and a 63-1 shot named Princess Reyana on Sunday. He also finished twice on Sunday with 98-1 shot Having a Nice Time and 5-2 Valentine Daisy.

Camacho, 20, came to the U.S. from Venezuela last December and rode three winners from 28 mounts at Gulfstream before coming to New York on Jan. 15. He is 3 for 30 at this meet.

Camacho rode 25 winners in Valenzuela before coming here. He is a seven-pound apprentice until he reaches his 40th win.