03/04/2013 4:32PM

Aqueduct: Summer Applause eyes Apple Blossom at Oaklawn

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Michael Amoruso
Summer Applause wins the Top Flight at Aqueduct on Saturday in her first start for trainer Chad Brown.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Summer Applause, winner of Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Handicap, could make her next start in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park on April 12, trainer Chad Brown said Monday.

Summer Applause went back to south Florida by plane Sunday morning, returning to the Palm Meadows training center where she had been stabled since being transferred to Brown in late January.

Brown said he would prefer to keep Summer Applause in races around two turns, which is one reason why he prefers the Apple Blossom over the Grade 2 Ruffian, a one-turn mile April 6. The Apple Blossom also is a Grade 1 and is worth twice the money.

“I’d probably take a look at the Apple Blossom,” he said. “I’ll nominate and take a shot if I felt good about it and the transportation was acceptable to me in and out of there.

Brown said he was very pleased with the way Summer Applause ran first time for his barn and he is hopeful she can compete later in the year with the top fillies and mares in the division.

“We’re going to do what’s best for our horse, go to races that make sense for our horse distance-wise, timing-wise,” Brown said. “If she keeps progressing, she’ll be butting heads with the top ones in the division I’m pretty sure.”

Summer Applause was transferred by her owners to Brown from Bret Calhoun, whom Brown credited with playing a role in the victory.

“Bret Calhoun sent her in really good shape,” Brown said. “He did give me very good information about her.”

◗ Brothers Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Ortiz enter the final four days of the inner track meet tied atop the jockey standings with 64 wins apiece. They both won a race Sunday, with Jose’s win coming aboard Let Me Entertain U in the $75,000 Beru Stakes.

◗ NYRA customers who live in New York City and who are Time Warner cable subscribers should note that beginning Wednesday the NYRA Network will move to channel 1994 from 71.

◗ Clawback, who has won two straight since finishing second to Vyjack in a Nov. 10 maiden race, heads the prospective field of 3-year-olds for Saturday’s $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela at six furlongs. On Sunday, he completed preparations with a three-furlong blowout in 36.27 seconds over Aqueduct’s inner track.