04/25/2012 3:59PM

Belmont: Yawanna Twist eyes Pimlico Special in final start for Parisella


John Parisella said he plans to run Yawanna Twist one more time before giving up training duties for the New York-bred. Parisella said that race would most likely the Pimlico Special on May 18.

Owner Jim Riccio Sr. transferred Yawanna Twist to Parisella from trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. so that he would be permitted to run the horse in the Oaklawn Park Handicap. Dutrow is currently facing a 10-year ban in New York and would not have gotten licensed in Arkansas.

As part of the agreement with the Oaklawn stewards, Riccio agreed to transfer the horse to another trainer for at least two starts. Parisella said he now feels uncomfortable with the arrangement and while he will start him in the Pimlico Special, he will ask Riccio to place him with someone else afterward.

“I’m going to run him again, after that I feel uncomfortable,” Parisella said. “Even if Dutrow wasn’t his trainer I would give up the horse. I didn’t make the horse.”

Yawanna Twist ran third to Ron the Greek in the Oaklawn Handicap. Parisella said he believes Yawanna Twist could have been second had he not bobbled at the break, which made him a bit rank.

Zo Impressive awaits Acorn

Trainer Tom Albertrani had given serious consideration to running Zo Impressive in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

But even after it became clear she could crack the 14-horse line-up Albertrani and owner Charlotte Weber elected to pass the race and point Zo Impressive to the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on May 28.

Zo Impressive, a half-sister to 2008 Acorn winner Zaftig, won her first two starts at Gulfstream impressively before running second to Grace Hall in the Gulfstream Park Oaks. Those three races came in a matter of 10 weeks.

“This gives us a chance to freshen her up,” Albertrani said. “She had three races back to back to back. A little more experience would definitely benefit her.”

Albertrani said Zo Impressive would ship to New York from south Florida over the weekend.

Albertrani recently took over the training of four Dogwood Stable horses formerly trained by Frank Alexander, who announced his retirement last week. One of those horses is Big Screen, a promising 3-year-old who Albertrani said is scheduled to return to the dirt in the Peter Pan Stakes here on May 12. Big Screen just finished second, beaten a neck, in the Calder Derby on turf on April 14.

NYRA to coordinate posts with Woodbine

As it did during the winter with Gulfstream Park, the New York Racing Association will coordinate post times with Woodbine beginning Saturday and will show the Canadian track’s races in between Belmont’s races on the NYRA network.

Both NYRA and Gulfstream pointed to significant gains in handle on each other’s races due to the fact post times were staggered by approximately 15 minutes during the winter.

NYRA and Woodbine will do the same through July 18 and gain from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3.

NYRA institutes fee for some call-in bets

Beginning Tuesday, NYRA Rewards customers who wager less than $1,000 per month and who place their wagers over the phone with an operator will be charged a $1 fee per call.

There will be no fee for customers who wager through the voice-recognition or touch-tone wagering system, regardless of how much they wager.