Updated on 09/17/2011 9:45PM

Arroyo opts to ride Bank Audit


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Norberto Arroyo won the Garland of Roses aboard Travelator in December and the Interborough Handicap aboard Bank Audit in January. But when it came time to choose which one he would ride in Saturday's $75,000 Correction Handicap at Aqueduct, it wasn't that difficult a decision.

"Travelator is a nice filly, but I won three in a row with Bank Audit," he said. "She's on top of her game. I can't let her go. I got to ride her."

starts from post 4 under top weight of 120 pounds.

She also figures a short-priced favorite in the Correction, a six-furlong race that drew only five older fillies and mares. Bank Audit has won her last three starts by a combined 18 1/4 lengths.

Before that winning streak, Bank Audit was found to have ulcers, according to her then-trainer, Greg Martin. Martin has since been ruled off the track premises after being indicted as part of a horse-doping probe involving a different horse in December 2003.

Owner Robert Amendola transferred Bank Audit to Frank LaBoccetta Jr., who has trained her for less than two weeks.

"She's settled in pretty good, as good as you could hope for," said LaBoccetta, who blew out Bank Audit three furlongs in 36.24 seconds on Tuesday.

Bank Audit has shown she can win from on or off the pace, versatility that Arroyo can use. In the Interborough, Arroyo put Bank Audit right off of High Peaks, a filly that he had previously ridden and feared would get brave if loose on the lead. Bank Audit took over at the top of the stretch and won easily.

High Peaks, who lost both hind shoes in that race, looms the main speed again in the Correction. High Peaks is one of two fillies that trainer Tom Bush sends out. Santa Croce, who has won her last two starts, is the other.

Travelator rallied from eight lengths back to win the Garland of Roses, but was that far back only because of a wicked early pace. Travelator missed the Interborough with a foot injury, but trainer Gary Gullo thinks she's ready for this.

"Her last three works have been good," Gullo said. "She keeps herself fit."

Lavender Lass, fourth in the Interborough, ran second in an optional claimer here on Jan. 20.