05/12/2011 4:49PM

Belmont Park: Arch Traveler showing shorter is better

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Barbara D. Livingston
Arch Traveler is likely headed to the June 11 Woody Stephens.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Arch Traveler has the pedigree and the body type to suggest that he will go a distance of ground, but the 3-year-old colt demonstrated again on Thursday that shorter races may be his forte.

Under Jose Lezcano, Arch Traveler slipped through an opening along the rail in mid-stretch, then spurted clear to win Thursday's $60,000 Ziggy’s Boy Stakes by three lengths. Glickman, who set the pace under Eddie Castro, finished second by three-quarters of a length over the late-running Rocking Out. Free Entry and The Fed Eased completed the order of finish.

Arch Traveler raced a close-up fourth while rating on the inside behind fractions of seconds and 45.58 seconds set by Glickman. Coming to the top of the stretch, Lezcano got into a brief wrestling match with Arch Traveler before guiding him through a narrow opening along the rail. It took a few strides before Arch Traveler would go through the opening, but once he did he closed in a solid 12.48 seconds for the final furlong.

Arch Traveler, a son of Sky Mesa owned by Centennial Farms, covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.87 and returned $3.80 to win.

“He doesn’t accelerate right away,” Jerkens said, adding that Lezcano told him “you feel like you turn the reins loose he’s going to surge, but he doesn’t, he stays there. You got to ask him, then he’ll go.”

Arch Traveler was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on April 3. Before that, he won a first-level allowance race going 1 1/8 miles after winning a seven-furlong maiden race. Those efforts came three weeks apart at Gulfstream.

“He probably prefers this, but I think he could win at a route in the right spot,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.

Jerkens said that the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens here on June 11 is a logical next start for Arch Traveler.

Right One makes it 2 for 2 in U.S.

Right One, under Rajiv Maragh, stormed down the center of the Widener Turf Course to rally from last and win the $60,000 Island Sun Stakes by two lengths over a troubled-trip Beau Choix. It was a head back to Zifzaf in third.

Right One, a 5-year-old gelded son of Anabaa, ran a final quarter in 22.03 seconds en route to covering the mile in 1:33.41. He returned $4.60 as the favorite. In his previous U.S. start, Right One took a second-level allowance at Gulfstream by three-quarters of a length at Gulfstream Park.

Right One is owned by Ghislaine Head and trained by Chistophe Clement.

Studart suspended again

Maylan Studart was handed a 10-day suspension by the stewards for careless riding in a race that she finished first in, but not disqualified from, last Saturday.

Studart was aboard Loyal Shadow, who rallied widest of all in the stretch, but who came in a touch, forcing Karakorum Fugitive to steady in upper stretch. Loyal Shadow went on to win, returning $114, but the stewards did not post the inquiry sign nor was there a jockey’s objection.

Studart appealed the suspension and will continue to ride. Studart has racked up 47 days worth of suspensions this year, and has appealed all but seven. Studart was suspended several times for careless riding last year including on May 31 in a race that she won aboard 41-1 shot Auric Girl, an incident for which her horse was not disqualified from first.

◗ Jorge Chavez, sidelined since mid-March due to a strained knee ligament, returned to the saddle Thursday, riding the ninth race. Chavez was injured when a security guard landed on him trying to break up an altercation he was involved in with fellow jockey Mike Luzzi at Aqueduct in March. Chavez is now represented by agent Richard DeStasio Jr.

◗ Agent Tony Micallef has taken over as the agent for apprentice riders Ryan Curatolo Jr. and Irad Ortiz Jr. Curatolo, 19, is a seven-pound apprentice, who is under contract to Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee Stables. Ortiz, 18, is a five-pound apprentice from Puerto Rico where he won, according to Micallef, 80 races in four months.