04/11/2012 2:54PM

Aqueduct: Three Coins Up field subject to change


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A diverse group of older runners entered Friday’s $75,000 Three Coins Up overnight stakes at Aqueduct, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf, and the field remained in flux as of Wednesday afternoon.

Among seven ostensibly in for turf are the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained entrymates Mahubo and Redding Colliery. Redding Colliery, however, was also entered in Saturday’s Charles Town Classic and is likelier to run in that three-turn race.

Meanwhile, among the trio entered for dirt only is Caixa Eletronica, who was also entered in the $1 million Charles Town Classic, which has been elevated to Grade 2 status this year.

“We’re 90 percent sure Redding Colliery will run at Charles Town,” said assistant trainer Art Magnuson. “It’s 75 thousand or a million, so we’re leaning to the million, and the race at Charles Town might not be coming up as tough as it’s been in past years.”

Redding Colliery, the 2010 Hawthorne Gold Cup winner, has not run on turf since his 2008 debut at Ascot, when a distant seventh in a field of eight and not persevered with late. After being sidelined for a year, he finished off the board at Penn National in November, and then ran twice at the inner-track meet, winning the Evening Attire wire to wire, and finishing a close fourth in the Grade 3 Excelsior. “We’re just trying to find a race for him that wasn’t back in three months,” said Magnuson.

Mahubo won his U.S. debut on turf here last fall, and was in the money all three starts at Gulfstream including a pair of photo-finish beats. “He was unlucky, a little wide last time, but had a good winter in Florida and has won over the course,” said Magnuson.

Indy Scent is also in the main body, but the versatile gelding won two of three starts on the inner dirt after being reclaimed by Leah Gyarmati.

Pocket Cowboys, idle since a succession of wide trips in New York-bred stakes last summer and fall for Scott Schwartz, looks to be tuning up for a defense of his Kingston title at Belmont on May 27.

Kingofthebluegrass, Rustler Hustler and Top Surprize, all stakes winners on grass, add depth to the field.

◗ It’s Tricky drew the outside post and will concede 5 to 9 pounds to six others in Saturday’s Grade 2 Distaff Handicap. With weights, here is the field for the seven-furlong race from the rail out: C C’s Pal (117); Dontbeshy I’ll Buy (114); Nicole H (118); White Merlot (114); Aquitania (114); Her Smile (118); and It’s Tricky (123).

The Distaff is the ninth of 10 races, and the third leg of a $250,000 late pick four.

Earlier on Saturday, Hessonite, who won the Ticonderoga to conclude a 4-for-6 sophomore campaign for David Donk, makes her seasonal debut in the Videogenic overnight stakes.

The Videogenic, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf, serves as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay at Belmont Park on May 5.

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