02/14/2013 6:03PM

Aqueduct: Rosario will ride Vyjack in Gotham

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Tom Keyser
Vyjack (left), ridden by Cornelio Velasquez when he won the Jerome Stakes, will get a rider switch to Joel Rosario for the March 2 Gotham.

Despite the fact Cornelio Velasquez is 3 for 3 aboard Vyjack, Joel Rosario will ride the 3-year-old in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 2, trainer Rudy Rodriguez confirmed Thursday.

Rodriguez said owner David Wilkenfeld wanted to make the change to Rosario, who is the leading rider at the Gulfstream Park meeting. Rosario gives up the ride on Called to Serve in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap to ride Vyjack.

“The owner wanted to make a change. That’s his call, it’s his horse,” Rodriguez said.

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Vyjack appeared to be getting out under Velasquez in the early stages of the Jerome, which he won by a neck over Siete de Oros on Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, Vyjack worked five furlongs in 1:01.07 by himself Thursday morning over Aqueduct’s inner track.

“He went very, very nice,” said Rodriguez, who was aboard for the work. “I like the way he did it. I like the way he came back.”

Vyjack, a son of Into Mischief, has won all three of his starts, including the Grade 2 Jerome, his first start around two turns.

Escapefromreality works

One of Vyjack’s main rivals in the Gotham, Escapefromreality, worked five furlongs in 1:01.61 in company with Meeker Avenue over the Belmont Park training track on Thursday. Escapefromreality got his last quarter in 24.63 seconds.

Escapefromreality is coming off a second-place finish to Revolutionary in the Withers.

“He’s been doing good, eating up, everything is good so far,” trainer Dominick Schettino said

Schettino said he was happy with Escapefromreality’s runner-up finish in the Withers considering it was his first start around two turns.

“I think he ran a super race,” Schettino said. “He was coming out of two sprints and run long in a Grade 2. Like I said before the race, I think he’ll rate, which he did.”