05/15/2013 2:42PM

Belmont Park: Contessa has busy day planned with nine horses running


It will be like old times Friday when Gary Contessa sends out nine horses on the 10-race program at Belmont Park.

“I haven’t had a day of entries like this in a long time,” said Contessa, New York’s leading trainer from 2006-09, including a record 159 victories in 2007.

Contessa reported that Rydilluc is over a minor foot bruise and on track for the inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile for 3-year-olds June 1 at Penn National.

“How about that – they’re running their new signature race the year I happen to have one,” he said, adding that Rydilluc, 3 for 3 on turf, will have a “serious” work Sunday or Monday.

In the meantime, Contessa is live early and often Friday.

◗ Race 2, starter optional claiming, 1 1/16 miles (turf): Time On My Hands comes off a front-end maiden win. Stick to Your Guns will be closing late.

Contessa: “It’s real simple. Time On My Hands is a bona fide speed horse that’s going to go, and we’ll come running with Stick to Your Guns, who has found himself on turf and was a victim of no pace last time.”

◗ Race 3, maiden claiming, one mile: The just-claimed Tapulous and turf-to-dirt Inmyfathersimage form another double-barreled threat.

Contessa: “Tapulous ran a very good race the day we claimed him. Inmyfathersimage is no slouch, either.”

◗ Race 5, maiden claiming, six furlongs (turf): Everydoghashisday is down in class and distance for his first turf sprint since last summer.

Contessa: “He needs class relief, but it’s hard to say whether he’s getting enough here.”

◗ Race 6, maiden claiming, 6 1/2 furlongs: Southside Sis is turf to dirt and gets a switch to Luis Saez, who has won with 5 of 7 mounts for the trainer.

Contessa: “The distance looks right, and her previous dirt race was very good.”

◗ Race 7, maiden special weight, six furlongs (turf): Sidelined by a chipped ankle, Hot Rendezvous runs for the first time since Sept. 8, when her rider lost an iron at the start.

Contessa: “I’ve got to figure that’s a good spot for her.”

◗ Race 9, maiden special weight, seven furlongs (turf): Cowboy Prince picks up Saez after leading to the stretch of his Polytrack debut at Keeneland.

Contessa: “He’s the prototypical turf-moving horse in the morning. They make a liar out of you sometimes, but I love him on turf, and his Tomlinson (340) reflects that, too.”

◗ Race 10, claiming, six furlongs (turf): A second-out maiden winner last May, Winter Now has lost 13 straight.

Contessa: “He’s got a shot, but I say that every time he runs. I’ve tried short, long, Lasix, gelding . . . the only thing I haven’t tried is sprinting on the turf.”