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Aqueduct: Verbosity goes for repeat score on Wednesday
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Typically, racing at Aqueduct moves to the winterized inner track the Wednesday following Thanksgiving. However, with the holiday being so early on the calendar this year coupled with the trouble experienced last year on the inner track when 21 horses were euthanized, racing is scheduled to remain on the main track for the next two weeks.
Naturally, Mother Nature had a storm brewing for Tuesday, expected to bring a wintry mix to the metropolitan area, but nothing that is expected to hamper Wednesday’s nine-race program at the Big A.
Verbosity might appreciate staying on the main track, as it was here last April 14 when he won a first-level New York-bred allowance race by two lengths. He is winless in four tries over the inner track.
Verbosity seeks his second straight victory in Wednesday’s featured second-level allowance race for New York-breds at six furlongs. The race carries an optional claiming tag of $25,000 for which three of the eight starters are entered.
Verbosity, owned in part by the 99-year-old Hall of Famer John Nerud and trained by Mike Hushion, came off a near-six-month layoff to win a $30,000 claimer on Oct. 26 at Belmont by a neck at odds of 15-1. The two horses that finished immediately behind Verbosity, Head Heart Hoof and Bomber Boy, have come back to win, albeit in the claiming or starter ranks.
In that race, Verbosity took advantage of a hotly contested pace to rally from six lengths back and get up at the wire.
There does appear to ample speed in this field again and Hushion figures to have Junior Alvarado employ similar late-running tactics from the outside post position.
“It looks like that’s the way we’ll go,” Hushion said. “I like the outside post position for him. From out there he can let it play out in front of him.”
Verbosity, a 4-year-old gelded son of Greeley’s Galaxy, has worked back three times since his victory including a three-furlong blowout in 37.23 seconds Monday over the Belmont training track.
Readytodefer, drawn one slot inside of Verbosity, has two wins and three seconds from his last five starts and has run second in two starts over wet surfaces, in case those conditions prevail on Wednesday.
Readytodefer, trained by Bruce Levine, does lose leading rider Ramon Dominguez, but picks up more-than-capable apprentice Jose Ortiz.
Dominguez ends up on Stonecoldsteamer for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Stonecoldsteamer was a front-running winner of a first-level allowance two back at Belmont, but was fourth in his first time in this condition on Nov. 4.
Dutrow adds blinkers to Stonecoldsteamer’s equipment, a move that was successful for the Dutrow-trained Jeter on Sunday.
Speaking of Jeter, by virtue of his win on Sunday, he is now ineligible for the conditions of Wednesday’s seventh race and thus will be scratched.
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