10/19/2012 1:35PM

Belmont Park: Called to Serve making latest stop in Temperence Hill


ELMONT, N.Y. – The well-traveled 3-year-old Called to Serve, coming off narrow losses in derbies in West Virginia and Oklahoma, will make his New York debut Sunday in the $85,000 Temperence Hill Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Temperence Hill, run at 1 1/8 miles, drew a field of six – but likely will run with less – and is a stepping-stone to the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery at Aqueduct on Nov. 17.

Called to Serve is one of three horses who were also entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park. Called to Serve and Speightscity are expected to run in New York, while Casual Trick was expected to run in the Barbaro, according to his trainer, Nick Zito.

Called to Serve is one of 10 horses owner Marc Ferrell has with trainer Nick Canani, who plans to call New York home this winter. Called to Serve has only been in Canani’s care for about two weeks, or shortly after he finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length by Politicallycorrect in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sept. 30.

“His last race I thought he ran super. He got beat a head for second and about a length for the win,” said Canani, who took over for trainer Peter Eurton. “His last two races, he ran really well over two different racetracks. He’s very solid.”

Called to Serve, a son of Afleet Alex, did win a 1 1/8-mile allowance race over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park in May and won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on dirt at Santa Anita in April.

“I think the one-turn mile and an eighth he’s going to love,” Canani said. “He’s got a little bit of everything. It gives him plenty of time to settle and get position. If they go slow, he’ll be up a little closer, if they go quick he’s got a real good turn of foot.”

Daniel Centeno is named to ride Called to Serve, who breaks from the rail.

Our Entourage alternated between the turf and dirt for owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher. He finished second in the Grade 2 Remsen on dirt before winning an allowance race at Gulfstream on turf.

On Aug. 19, Our Entourage finished second in a turf race at Saratoga and was claimed for $65,000 by David Jacobson, who returned him to dirt in an allowance race at Parx that he won by 5 1/2 lengths on Oct. 7.

Ramon Dominguez rides Our Entourage from post 3.

Speightscity, who set the pace in the Travers before fading to eighth, forced the pace before finishing ninth in the Oklahoma Derby.

Twilight Eclipse tries dirt for the first time after making his first four starts on turf.

Big Creek looks overmatched after finishing 11th in a $20,000 claimer on turf.