01/18/2012 4:17PM

Aqueduct: Redding Colliery ready for another comeback

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Redding Colliery, with Rosie Napravnik riding, wins the 2010 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – I Want Revenge isn’t the only 6-year-old running in Saturday’s $75,000 Evening Attire Stakes seeking a return to past glory.

Redding Colliery, who won multiple graded stakes in 2010, makes just his second start in 14 months in Saturday’s Evening Attire at Aqueduct. Sidelined by foot issues for most of 2011, Redding Colliery returned off a year layoff in an overnight stakes at Penn National last Nov. 23 where he finished sixth as the even-money favorite in a nine-horse field.

That race was designed to get Redding Colliery to the Queens County at Aqueduct in mid-December, but Redding Colliery had “another hiccup,” according to Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, that forced him to miss that spot.

Speaking of the Penn National race, Magnuson said he thought Redding Colliery “made a pretty aggressive middle move and got tired. He came back training very well from that. We were sick to miss the next one.”

Redding Colliery had a terrific 2010 campaign, winning 4 of 7 starts including the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap and the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup. He crossed the finish line third in the Grade 1 Clark at Churchill that November, but was elevated to second when first-place finisher Successful Dan was disqualified for interfering with Redding Colliery.

Magnuson said he feels that since the Penn National race, Redding Colliery has been training “like he was the summer of 2010.”

But Magnuson acknowledges that it will two months between starts for a horse who has raced just once in 14 months.

“He’s a little bit big and round. We’re still going forward, but he’s training very well,” Magnuson said.

Alan Garcia will ride Redding Colliery from the outside post in the six-horse field that includes 2009 Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge, 2011 Jennings Handicap winner Eighttofasttocatch, Jimanator, Day of Destiny, and Thunder Ball.

The Evening Attire is run at 1 1/16 miles.

Heart Butte won’t attempt repeat

Heart Butte, last year’s Evening Attire winner, had been pointing to a repeat opportunity, but ultimately was held out of the race by trainer Todd Pletcher.

Heart Butte came back off a near one-year layoff to win the Auld Lang Syne Stakes by a nose at Parx on Dec. 31. Pletcher felt that running Heart Butte back in three weeks off such a hard race would not be prudent, so he will wait for either the $75,000 Stymie here on Feb. 18 or the $100,000 John Campbell at Laurel the same day.

Pletcher also has San Pablo to run in whichever spot Heart Butte doesn’t.

Dr Disco tunes up for Toboggan

Dr Disco, winner of three of his last four starts including the Vodka Stakes last month, worked four furlongs in 48.79 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Wednesday morning.

Dr Disco is tuning up for the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan Stakes on Feb. 4.

“This morning he went a little faster than he usually does,” trainer Bruce Brown said. “For a speed horse, he usually doesn’t work real, real fast. He’s a smart horse, he knows the difference between the morning and the afternoon.”