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Aqueduct: Vegas No Show targets Jerome
Trainer Kelly Breen made a brief visit on Friday morning to Belmont Park, where he has 10 horses stabled here for the winter.
Breen was on hand to watch Vegas No Show work a solid five furlongs in 1:00.90 over the Belmont training track, the fastest of 23 moves at the distance.
Breen said he may run Vegas No Show in the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome Stakes over Aqueduct’s inner track on Jan. 5.
Vegas No Show won the Dover Stakes at Delaware, then ran second to Violence in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct. Vegas No Show ran a little erratically in the stretch of the Nashua, which prompted Breen to put blinkers on him for the Remsen. That didn’t help as he finished ninth behind Overanalyze.
“He breezed good today,” said Breen, who returned to south Florida later Friday afternoon. “We have to throw out his last race when we put blinkers on him. We took the blinkers off him today and he went good.”
Also stabled at Belmont for the winter is Ruler On Ice, the 2011 Belmont Stakes winner. Breen said he Ruler On Ice re-aggravated an old injury in his most recent breeze on Nov. 24 and he is just waiting to see when he can breeze him again.
Star Harbour may give inner another go
Coming off back-to-back races in which he earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, Star Harbour could be sitting on a big winter for the Bill Mott stable.
Star Harbour, a 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie, won a third-level allowance race here on Thursday, running six furlongs in 1:09.39 and earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103. He earned a 102 when he won a second-level allowance race in the mud in October.
“He acts like he could be a pretty nice horse,” said Leanna Willaford, the New York assistant for Mott. “He’s always shown some potential. It’s a matter of putting it together I guess.”
Willaford said there were high hopes for Star Harbour last winter, but he went winless in three starts over the inner track.
“The inner track was so slow last year I’m hoping the track was a little different because it was so warm,” Willaford said. “I guess we’ll hope for a more normal winter and maybe the track will play more normally. We really thought he was going to be a star here in the winter last year. He wasn’t as fast over the track, period. As soon as he got over the main track again he was lights out.”
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