04/04/2012 1:48PM

Aqueduct: Sportswriter stretching out

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Tom Keyser
Zetterholm has won two consecutive two-turn races over Aqueduct’s inner track.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It looks like it will be the speed of Sportswriter versus the closing kick of Zetterholm in Friday’s $75,000 Patsyprospect Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

Sportswriter, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, will be stretching out from six furlongs to a one-turn mile in the Patsyprospect, which drew a field of five and will go as race 8 of 9.

In his last start, Sportswriter broke on top, but was reigned in comfortably by Ramon Dominguez to be a stalking third. He maneuvered three wide for the stretch run, hooked up with Capital Goods in midstretch, and outlasted that rival to the wire to win by a nose.

“The horse that we beat, when I looked at him in the paddock, I didn’t think we could beat him,” Rodriguez said. “He looked very, very solid. But [Sportswriter] looked like he had some guts to him, because he kept fighting.”

Rodriguez said he is slightly concerned running the horse back in three weeks.

“He’s training very good. We’ve been very happy since we got him,” Rodriguez said. “I think this is a good opportunity to run him. It’s a little quick back, but there’s not too much for him right now.”

Breaking from the rail, Sportswriter, will likely have to show speed under Cornelio Velasquez. Cat Paws, in post 2, also has shown speed in two of his three starts, both victories sprinting.

Zetterholm, a son of Silver Train trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., has won two consecutive two-turn races over the inner track. In a first-level allowance win on March 4, Zetterholm launched a bid with 3 1/2 furlongs to go and sustained it to the wire to outfinish Coalition, who is back in this field.

“He was impressive in his last start,” Dutrow said. “If he keeps following it up that way, then he’s going to be more interesting as time goes by. He ran a very good number his last start for a 3-year-old New York-bred this early, so we’re happy with him. He’s a big, good-looking horse who’s got a touch of class to him.”

Junior Alvarado will ride Zetterholm from post 3.

Coalition, a son of Patriot Act trained by Shug McGaughey, recorded his lone win from eight starts going seven furlongs at Belmont Park. He finished 9 3/4 lengths clear of the field when he ran second to Zetterholm last out.

Quiet Favorite, a first-level statebred allowance winner two back, completes the compact field. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides for Leah Gyarmati.