03/19/2012 3:47PM

Aqueduct: No plans for Marilyn’s Guy after Excelsior Stakes win

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Marilyn's Guy wins the Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct.

The day after Marilyn’s Guy beat San Pablo by a nose in the Feb 18 As Indicated Stakes, trainer Tony Dutrow said the 6-year-old gelding was full of himself as if to say “let’s do it again.”

On Sunday, the day after he gutted out a neck victory over San Pablo in the Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior Stakes, Marilyn’s Guy was not so perky.

“He was quiet,” Dutrow said. “Safe to say that race got to the bottom of him. Outside of that, he’s fine; his legs are fine. But that race kicked his butt.”

Thus, Dutrow is in no rush to make plans for Marilyn’s Guy, who has won two straight races since returning from an 11-month layoff for owners Michael Dubb, the Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith.

Wherever he runs, it is unlikely Marilyn’s Guy will try 1 1/8 miles again. In the Excelsior, he labored home the final furlong in 14.17 seconds. One possible spot for Marilyn’s Guy could be the Westchester at Belmont, a one-turn mile race April 28, provided the horse is ready by then.

“I got to get him back on his feet,” Dutrow said. “I can’t be feeling good about any plans.”

Dutrow said he is feeling good about pointing Singlet to the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely Stakes on April 7. Singlet, a daughter of Real Quiet, has won four of her five career starts, including the Dearly Precious last time out.

“I’m surprised how she just keeps going forward and is doing so great,” Dutrow said. “I underestimated her. I thought she was winter-time horse. She still has a lot to prove, but she’s made us believe she’s more than a winter-time horse.”

Terranova readying two for Turfway

On a beautiful Monday morning at Belmont Park, trainer John Terranova was busy preparing two horses for Saturday stakes at Turfway Park.

Terranova will run More Than Love in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks and She’s Ready Made against males in the $50,000 Hansel.

On Monday, More Than Love worked four furlongs in 49.83 seconds, making up five lengths on her workmate Cientifico through a final quarter in 24.43. The Bourbonette will be her first start on a synthetic surface after making her first four starts on turf.

More Than Love won the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood last Nov. 25. In her 3-year-old debut, More Than Love was beaten nose in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.

Terranova will equip More Than Love with blinkers for the first time in the Bourbonette. The filly breezed in blinkers Monday.

“She waited on that horse in the Florida Oaks and was looking at the lines in the turf course,” said Terranova, whose filly lost to Dixie Strike. “We trained her blinkers before she debuted, then we pulled them off when she ran and she won. She’s been training really well right now.”

Last year, Terranova ran fourth in the Bourbonette with Lilacs and Lace, who came back to upset the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland at odds of 48-1.

Terranova said She’s Ready Made showed an affinity for a synthetic surface while training at Keeneland last fall, and he wants to run her sprinting.

She’s Ready Made, who won a maiden race by seven lengths Feb. 16, worked four furlongs in 48.85 on Monday morning, getting her last quarter in a sharp 23.43. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.47.

“She’s been working kind of like that for a while now,” Terranova said.

◗ Cornelio Velasquez, who finished the inner track meet as the second-leading rider with 84 wins from 435 mounts, will be represented by Bob Klesaris beginning April 4. Matt Muzikar, who represented Velasquez this winter, will have Javier Castellano and Rosie Napravnik starting that day.

Klesaris also represents Ryan Curatolo, who is expected to ride Wednesday after suffering a strained back in a spill at Aqueduct on Saturday. Curatolo took off his lone mount on Sunday’s Aqueduct card.