04/12/2012 3:40PM

Aqueduct notes: Hessonite preps for Beaugay in Videogenic Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Hessonite will make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday's $75,000 Videogenic.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Hessonite, a multiple stakes winner among New York-bred company in her 3-year-old season, kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in an open-company overnight stakes Saturday at Aqueduct.

Hessonite is one of eight fillies and mares entered in the $75,000 Videogenic, a 1 1/16-mile race that appears to serve as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay at Belmont Park on May 5.

Hessonite, a daughter of Freud trained by David Donk, went 4 for 6 last year, capped by a 1 1/4-length victory in the $125,000 Ticonderoga at Belmont on New York Showcase Day.

She wintered on a farm in Delaware before returning to Donk’s care in February. She shows a series of solid breezes for her return and appears to have matured physically, according to Donk.

“She’s filled out a little bit, you like to see it, you don’t always see it in fillies, but she has filled out from 3 to 4,” Donk said. “She looks really good physically. And she’s trained as well or better than ever.”

Donk said he has had the Beaugay in the back of his mind for Hessonite, but isn’t so sure he wants to run her against Winter Memories, if that indeed turns out to be the return spot for that Grade 1-winning filly as mentioned by her trainer, Jimmy Toner.

“We’ll see what happens Saturday,” Donk said. “My long-term objective is to win a graded stakes with her.”

Saturday’s race came up interesting, with a pair of horses entered by trainer Alan Goldberg including the Irish-bred Laughing, who beat males in the Nijinsky Stkaes at Leopardstown last year. She has not run since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on Oct. 16.

Goldberg also sends out Check Point, who has not run since finishing second to Arena Elvira in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct last November.

Sharnberry and Arch Support, recent allowances winner at Gulfstream, and My Redbyrd, a stakes winner at Saratoga in 2011, add to the contentiousness of this field.

Good Action on Sunday

Inherit the Gold, last year’s Excelsior Stakes winner over the inner track, heads a field of seven entered for Sunday’s $75,000 Action Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over the main track.

Inherit the Gold, who is coming off a fifth-place finish in last month’s Excelsior, was held out of Saturday night’s $1 million Charles Town Classic, a race he might not have gotten in had he been entered.

“I just need to run him,” trainer and part-owner Jim Hooper said.

Inherit the Gold will break from the rail under Eddie Castro.

Eighttofasttocatch, who is on the also-eligible list of the Charles Town Classic despite having won a stakes race at Laurel last out, is entered back in this field.

Arthur’s Tale, runner-up in the 2011 Wood Memorial, makes his 4-year-old debut in this spot.

Thunder Lord, Isn’t He Perfect, Tech Fall, and Regal Warrior complete the field.

Corderosa getting a break

Corderosa, runner-up to Agave Kiss in the Dearly Precious and Cicada Stakes, is getting a break, according to Donk.

Donk had considered running Corderosa in the Comely Stakes last weekend here, but didn’t like the way his filly breezed and decided not to run. She has been turned out and will be pointed to a summer campaign.

“I think the long campaign caught up with her, so we freshened her up a bit,” Donk said. “We’ll have her for Saratoga. There’s still a lot of racing in front of her.”

◗ Corey Nakatani, who won four races on the Wood Memorial Day card, begins riding this circuit on a full-time basis Sunday. He is named on two mounts on the nine-race card.

◗ Coax Liberty, last year’s Dearly Precious Stakes winner now in the barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, worked three furlongs in 38.86 seconds Thursday morning over the Belmont training track.