05/04/2012 3:00PM

Belmont: New York Stallion Stakes divisions top card


It won’t be all New York-breds all the time, but it may feel that way through six consecutive restricted races Sunday afternoon, including a pair of New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.

The Park Avenue division for fillies (race 6) is basically a first-level allowance race with a $100,000 purse. Half the field has run in maiden claimers at least once, including Sunny Desert, who was claimed five months ago by John Parisella. She has improved considerably since then, capped by a maiden victory by better than 15 lengths that earned a 76 Beyer Speed Figure, besting her previous top figure by 26 points.

The only comparably fast entrant is Caught by You, who was a blowout maiden winner in early March for Chris Englehart. Three weeks ago, however, she reared at the break of an allowance race and was distanced as the co-second choice.

Bait, Hot Splash, and Lenders Way are maiden special weight graduates as well.

Recent maiden claiming winners Castles Burning and Sally’s Dream round out the lineup, along with the 0-for-2 maiden Sweet Moon.

Sportswriter, who has won 2 of 4 starts since being purchased by his current connections last fall, displays all the top Beyer Figures and will be a clear favorite in the Times Square division (race 9) for colts and geldings, which is also worth $100,000.

The Rudy Rodriguez-trained Sportswriter should appreciate Sunday’s turn-back in distance, after being run down late as the favorite in a one-mile overnight stakes at Aqueduct.

Among the others, only Frisky Warrior has beaten winners on dirt. With blinkers on, he won a first-level allowance at The Big A for owner-trainer Ralph D’Alessandro, but was then off the board against open company.

Shane Roars was last seen finishing a distant seventh behind Sportswriter in midwinter, but trainer Dominic Galluscio brought him back from a layoff to win a New York Stallion race at 91-1 last fall.

Disco On, a maiden winner on turf at 52-1 last fall, and beaten a half-length at 28-1 in the Damon Runyon five months ago, makes his seasonal debut for breeder-owner-trainer Richard Lugovich.

Exciting Missile, I’ll Stake U, Maggie’s Hadder, Think I’m Hooked, and Western Tryst also entered.

Risky Rachel

Risky Rachel ($2.70) was the prohibitive choice in Friday’s $80,750 Put The Powder To It overnight stakes, and never had an anxious moment as new trainer Manny Coronel upped his career record to 2 for 2.

Coming off a career-best performance to win the Broadway Stakes in her first start of the year, Risky Rachel rated just off early leader Midnight Visit through a half-mile in 46.04 seconds, took over readily turning for home and drew out to win by 4 3/4 lengths under Cornelio Velasquez.

Risky Rachel ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.10 seconds on a sealed muddy track, and earned $51,000 for breeder-owner Sanford Bacon.

Second choice Lady On the Run rallied to get second over Midnight Visit, and Lady Gracenote checked in fourth, as the field crossed the wire in parimutuel order.