07/13/2011 3:44PM

Belmont Park: Gantry out to prove last not a fluke in Jaipur

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J.P.’s Gusto is being pointed to a start in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 1.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Mike Hushion truly didn’t know what to expect when he ran Gantry in a first-level allowance race at Belmont Park on June 23. After all, Gantry, a 4-year-old gelding, had not run in 227 days, never raced on grass, or faced anything but maidens.

So when Gantry won the six-furlong turf race by 3 1/2 lengths and set a Belmont Park inner turf course record by running the distance in 1:06.87, yes, Hushion was surprised.

“All I knew going in was he was doing really good and he had trained well on the turf at Palm Meadows,” Hushion said. “After that, I only made believe I knew.”

Hushion now hopes that performance wasn’t a fluke as he will bring Gantry back in 23 days in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Jaipur Stakes at seven furlongs on the Widener turf. The Jaipur, the last graded event of the Belmont spring/summer meet, drew a field of seven, including Yield Bogey and Right One, the second- and third-place finishers, respectively, behind Courageous Cat in last month’s Grade 3 Poker.

Hushion had thought about waiting to run Gantry back in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on July 31, but said the seven-eighths race with a short field was “too hard to resist.”

Gantry, a son of Pulpit out of the turf stakes-winning Rhum, was five lengths behind a rapid early pace in his allowance victory. On Saturday, the pace does not appear to be nearly as sharp, meaning Gantry could be on or close to the lead in the Jaipur.

With John Velazquez out of town, Mike Luzzi has picked up the mount on Gantry.

Yield Bogey came off an eight-month layoff to run second to Courageous Cat in the Poker. Yield Bogey ran off to a six-length lead in the opening quarter-mile and did well to hold second, 2 1/2 lengths behind Courageous Cat and a length in front of Right One. Courageous Cat came back to win the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on July 2.

Yield Bogey will break from post 4 under Jorge Chavez.

Trainer Christophe Clement sends out Right One and Nordic Truce in the Jaipur. Also entered were Evolutionist, Radiohead, and Targhee Pass. D’ Funnybone and Spa City Fever were entered for main track only.

J.P’s Gusto eyes Amsterdam

Hushion said J.P.’s Gusto, winner of the Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town last out, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 1. The Amsterdam is the local prep for the Grade 1 King’s Bishop on Aug. 27.

As a 2-year-old, J.P.’s Gusto won three graded sprint stakes in Southern California, topped by the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Following six losses in graded races at a mile or further, J.P.’s Gusto was visually impressive winning the seven-furlong Red Legend at Charles Town by 6 3/4 lengths. He came back with a half-mile breeze in 49.66 seconds Sunday at Belmont.

“It’s good timing,” Hushion said of the Amsterdam. “He’s carrying good weight. He’s a tough bugger.”