05/29/2012 3:45PM

Belmont Park: Terranova has promising import


ELMONT, N.Y. – Last Friday, trainer John Terranova and owner Samantha Regan teamed up for two winners on a nine-race Belmont Park card.

Thursday, Terranova and Regan, who races under the banner Newtown Anner Stud, send out an intriguing Irish import, Capeslew, in Belmont’s featured $77,000 first-level allowance race scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Widener turf course.

Capeslew, an Irish-bred daughter of Cape Cross, made a smart debut, defeating males in a one-mile race over the Polytrack at Dundalk in Ireland. The running line said she dwelt at the start and had to come from last in the 13-horse field.

“She was very impressive first out,” said Terranova, who has seen a video of the race. “She broke slow on the Polytrack, sat back and basically made her way through the field. It looked like she had to hesitate a couple of times while she was winding her way through the field and got to the front in the last few yards.”

Terranova said Regan sent Capeslew to him in January and she has breezed eight times since March 11.

“She’s a smaller filly, not a lot to look at physically, but she moves very well, gets over the ground very nicely,” Terranova said. “She acts like she’s got a lot of class. We’ll see how she adapts over here.”

Rosie Napravnik, who is the fourth-leading rider at this meet with 17 wins, has the call from post 4.

Terranova also sends out Steal the Dance, who won a maiden race over the Aqueduct turf at 12-1 on April 15. Terranova said Steal the Dance missed all of her 3-year-old season because of illness and has steadily improved with each of her three starts.

Weekend Magic has not raced since the summer of 2010, when she finished seventh in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

She has since been turned over to Chad Brown, who brings her in off only five half-mile workouts at Saratoga. Jaiver Castellano rides from the rail.

D’oro Princess has won two consecutive races for trainer Ralph Nicks including a turf race at Gulfstream in January and an off-the-turf starter allowance here on May 3.

Peace Preserver, who has been sold privately to Alto Racing LLC and turned over to Todd Pletcher, could play out as the primary speed in the field. She did win a maiden $65,000 claiming race last October for John Parisella. She is coming off an allowance win on April 12 at Aqueduct.

Preach Tome Daddy will likely scratch after running fifth in Monday’s Sands Point, allowing Fire Assay to get into the field. Fire Assay won a seven-furlong maiden race last fall at Belmont.