04/08/2011 4:05PM

Aqueduct: Rattlesnake Bridge targets Jerome

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Though Rattlesnake Bridge was on the same flight that brought Uncle Mo from south Florida to New York, that’s as close as his connections want to get to the defending 2-year-old champion for the near future.

While Uncle Mo will run in Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial, Rattlesnake Bridge is being pointed the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome here on April 24.

“We feel it might be the right spot,’’ trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “It’s a great spot, it’s a one-turn mile. If we were to run big or win it maybe we could run in the Preakness.’’

McLaughlin also said that Riviera Cocktail, runner-up to Little Mike in the Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream last weekend, could be a candidate for the Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont on May 7.

Samyn back on horses

Jean-Luc Samyn, who lost the tops of his index and middle finger of his right hand in a snow-blowing accident in February, got on horses earlier in the week and is hoping to return to race-riding before the end of the Aqueduct meet.

Samyn said he got on a couple of horses for John Hertler on Wednesday and said things went fine. Samyn said he was scheduled to get on a couple of more horses Sunday morning.

“I did quite well, moving forward,’’ Samyn said. “The way you hold the reins, everything is there. It was even better than I thought. I’m going to work hard to get back before Aqueduct closes.’’

Samyn, 54, said he has maintained his fitness by jogging and exercising every day.