03/31/2012 5:24PM

Aqueduct notes: Dominguez named on two horses for Friday


Ramon Dominguez, sidelined by a separated collarbone when unseated from Mob Wife on March 18, was named to ride two horses on Friday’s program when entries were taken Saturday.

Dominguez is listed on Cooper River, who will break from the rail in race 2, a New York-bred optional claiming sprint on the main track at 6 1/2 furlongs; and Rebellious Chic, who drew the outside post in race 7, a New York-bred allowance for fillies and mares scheduled for 1 1/6 miles on turf.

Dominguez, who won his fifth consecutive inner-track title with 104 winners, will be examined Monday in hopes of gaining medical clearance.

“I’m felling pretty good and am hoping to ride a few horses on Friday,” he said. “It’s only been two weeks and I can feel big progress from one day to the next.”

Dominguez is scheduled to ride Alpha in the Wood Memorial the following day - provided Hansen, who was originally targeting that race, remains on his current course to the Blue Grass.

My Adonis works, Street Life's drill pushed back to Sunday

My Adonis, second in the Gotham behind Hansen, worked a half-mile in a bullet 47.12 seconds under Cornelio Velasquez on Aqueduct’s main track Friday in preparation for the Wood. It was the fastest of 17 workouts at the distance.

“The horse worked great and he came out of it great,” said trainer Kelly Breen. “If he jumps up and runs a big race, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Street Life, who won both of his two-turn starts on the inner track to earn a shot in the Wood, had a scheduled work Saturday pushed back by inclement weather. The Street Sense colt will be among a trio of Chad Brown-trained 3-year-olds to work Sunday, along with Hardened Wildcat and Beggarthyneighbor, who are pointing to the Bay Shore after finishing one-two in the Fred “Cappy” Capossella Stakes.

Apprentice Hernandez wins twice in U.S. debut

Omar Hernandez, a five-pound apprentice who won 44 races in Panama, on Saturday won with two of his first three mounts in the United States. Hernadez won the fourth race on Verse Choir ($12.80). After finishing off the board on Reproduction in the sixth race, he returned a race later to win aboard Cientifico ($17.60) on the turf.

Verse Choir was the first winner since 2009 for trainer Mario Morales - and the first horse he had saddled since going 0 for 32 in 2010.

Catch a Thief takes Plugged Nickle

Catch a Thief ($16.80), switching from turf to dirt for trainer Tim Hills, rallied from off the pace to win Saturday’s $75,000 Plugged Nickle overnight stakes under Eddie Castro, who was notching his third win of the day.

Catch a Thief, whose last victory had come at Gulfstream Park in January 2011, improved to 3-0-1 from four career starts at one mile, after out-finishing Indian Burn to win going away in 1:38.84 seconds on a muddy main track.

Opus A faded to finish third as the 6-5 favorite.

One Last Dance, Empress of Gold, and Great Gracie Dane completed the order of finish.