04/08/2013 3:10PM

Aqueduct: Swagger Jack's Carter win no shock to Wolfson

Michael Amoruso
Swagger Jack wins the Grade 1 Carter Handicap under Irad Ortiz Jr.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Marty Wolfson wasn’t nearly as surprised by Swagger Jack winning Saturday’s Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct as was the betting public, which sent him off at a generous 15-1.

Swagger Jack had finished second with what Wolfson felt were legitimate excuses in a pair of graded stakes at Gulfstream to Carter candidates Discreet Dancer and Fort Loudon, so he thought it was worth taking a shot in the Carter. He was rewarded when Swagger Jack rallied from fifth and beat Sahara Sky by three-quarters of a length.

“I’ve really been a strong believer in this horse for a long time,” Wolfson said Monday by phone from Florida. “He should have won the Grade 3 Gulfstream Sprint Championship – he got left at the gate.”

Wolfson noted that when Fort Larned stumbled leaving the gate in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, that left Discreet Dancer alone on the lead through easy fractions.

“There was no way of making up any ground,” said Wolfson.

Speaking of the Carter, in which the opening half-mile went in 44.63 seconds, Wolfson said, “I knew when there was speed, he’d really fit well.”

Though Swagger Jack and Wolfson made a quick return to their Calder base in south Florida, Swagger Jack is likely to return for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on May 27.

“He’ll love the one-turn mile,” Wolfson said.

Meanwhile, Wolfson will be right back for the last graded stakes of the Aqueduct meeting this Saturday when he ships up both Spectacular Sky and Nakano for the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at six furlongs.

Spectacular Sky, who will be the starting highweight at 119 pounds, won the Manatee Stakes at Tampa on Feb. 9 before finishing second to Aubby K in the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream on March 17.

Nakano, whom Wolfson supplemented to the race, finished third in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie and fourth in the Inside Information.

Others pointing to the Distaff include undefeated New York-bred Cluster of Stars, Hearts of Red, Silverette, and Villanesca.

Wendy Parrish More than 1 year ago
Again...thank you Swagger Jack!!
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
did marty fly or take Amtrak??
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
he took the short bus
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
John More than 1 year ago
2 more jumps and Sahara Sky is past him ! But, I dont mind getting beat as much by a longshot than an odds on chalk ! Sahara Sky is going to aim for the Breeders Cup sprint at Santa Anita, home track, if all breaks well he will be double tough .
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
John, you could have save money if you knew how to read the DRF. Sahara Sky only runs well on home track. It's clear in print in the DRF. Will be a good bet in BC at home track. Othewrise, the all button in pic 3 was good for me, leaving Sahara Sky out.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Sahara Sky ran huge Saturday, not sure what you're talking about.
Dan Fidel More than 1 year ago
This guy doesn't like to fly, so you know if he shows up he's got a big shot! Not to mention he's won a lot of big races.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
exactly dan, and that's how I caught the exacta............
Nathan More than 1 year ago
he's in the top 10 of any north american best trainer list.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Top 10 chemist.
Jewey More than 1 year ago
so MRM Wolfson has trained some of your horses? So you've paid vet bills and seen all the "Chemistry" you know it's not free right. Yeah didn't think so. He's a trainer that knows the animals he is working with and can pick spots and take shots with the best of them. He's not working with 200 horses spread across the east coast. He works with his horses hands on - everyday. That's why he can take Pletcher and Mott cast offs and improve. read the article - he told ortiz exactly how the race would unfold and it did. and he won.
mrm More than 1 year ago
I know he trains them like track athletes.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Can you give us his rap sheet???...