01/04/2013 3:19PM

Aqueduct: Wildcat's Smile gets more weight for rematch with Morrow Cove

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Wildcat's Smile wins the Sarcastic Stakes on Dec. 15 at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Dominic Galluscio is closing in on a personal milestone of 1,000 career victories, standing at 991 following Johannesburg Smile’s victory here Friday from which he was claimed for $100,000 by Mike Repole.

Galluscio has won a plethora of New York-bred stakes throughout his career and believes he would have already hit the 1,000-win plateau if he hadn’t opted to take some chances with some of those horses.

Case in point is Wildcat’s Smile, a half-sister to Johannesburg Smile and a multiple stakes-winning New York-bred filly who has won three stakes but who also has been ambitiously placed on occasion with mixed results. Wildcat’s Smile was beaten only a nose when second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at 2 and was beaten three lengths when third in the Grade  2 Black-Eyed Susan at 3. She was soundly defeated in Grade 1 events such as the Mother Goose and Gazelle.

Sunday, Wildcat’s Smile is realistically placed in the $75,000 Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct, where among her four rivals are Morrow Cove and Los Ojitos, two fillies she beat handily in the Sarcastic Stakes here Dec. 15.

In the Sarcastic, Wildcat’s Smile had post  5, while Morrow Cove had the rail. Wildcat’s Smile also was in receipt of 2 pounds from Morrow Cove.

Sunday, Wildcat’s Smile has the rail, and Morrow Cove is on the outside. As the 122-pound co-highweight along with Sunny Desert, Wildcat’s Smile is conceding 3 pounds to Morrow Cove.

“I don’t know how you win one race and pick up five pounds,” Galluscio said. “Saginaw beat me nine times with Johannesburg Smile, and he had the same weight for eight races that he beat me. I win one race and I pick up five pounds.”

Breaking from the rail in the Sarcastic Stakes, Morrow Cove found herself on the lead and couldn’t sustain those tactics and had to settle for second.

“We felt like she might be better with a target,” Todd Pletcher, trainer of Morrow Cove, said. “With her post – she’s drawn outside – we’ll see if there’s someone we can follow and reverse the order from the last race.”

Moon Philly has two wins and two seconds from her last four starts, including a neck loss to Tiz the Argument in a similar stakes as this over the inner track Dec. 12.

Sunny Desert, who has won five consecutive one-turn races, will attempt to stretch out around two turns for the first time in her career. Trainer John Parisella believes the inner track is a good place to experiment stretching her out in distance.

“As far as a sprinter goes, I don’t like a closer on the inner track,” Parisella said. “I don’t think you have to be a true distance horse.”

Los Ojitos, third in her last two stakes tries, completes the field.