11/09/2009 12:00AM

Buddy's Saint displays major talent

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Buddy's Saint, ridden by Jose Lezcano, will point to the Grade 2 Remsen after his easy victory in last weekend's Grade 3 Nashua.¦

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Perhaps overshadowed because the performance came 3,000 miles away from Santa Anita Park where the Breeders' Cup took place, the 2-year-old Buddy's Saint announced himself a potential star with a devastatingly easy 12-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct.

Officially entering the race as a maiden - he was disqualified from first in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race on Sept. 26 at Belmont - Buddy's Saint dueled with three-time winner Toboggan Slide through six furlongs in 1:10.65 before pulling away from him mostly under his own power. Jockey Jose Lezcano gave the colt a vigorous hand ride through the stretch. Buddy's Saint, a son of Saint Liam trained by Bruce Levine, covered the mile in 1:35.67 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

"I really thought he could win the race," Levine said. "I didn't expect that performance."

Buddy's Saint will make his next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 29. The Remsen is run at 1 1/8 miles around two turns, a scenario Levine said he believes will fit Buddy's Saint perfectly.

"Oh, absolutely," Levine said. "I bought him with two turns in mind."

Levine purchased Buddy's Saint for $100,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale on behalf of owner Eli Lomita, who races under the moniker Kingfield Stables.

"I thought I was going to get him cheaper, but I would have paid more," Levine said. "I kind of liked him. I don't like that many but once I like one I kind of go as good as my bankroll. [Lomita] is good with me, he puts money up for me every year. Good or bad he never says boo; great owner."

Levine said Lomita is not interested in selling and has already turned down offers to sell all or half the horse.

"The guy won't sell," Levine said.

Levine said that Driven by Success, the winner of the Hudson Handicap for New York-breds, is being considered for either the Fall Highweight on Thanksgiving or the Grade 1 Cigar Mile two days later.

"I'm leaning toward the Cigar," said Levine, who has Go Go Shoot to run in the Fall Highweight.

Ailalea targets Demoiselle

Ailalea, who won Saturday's Tempted Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths, will make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes, also at 1 1/8 miles and also on Nov. 29. Ailalea, a daughter of Pulpit trained by Todd Pletcher for Jack and Laurie Wolf's Starlight Stables, is 2 for 2 at a mile after losing her first two starts sprinting.

"Obviously, her two races at a mile have been her best," Pletcher said. "She gives us the impression she's a two-turn horse."

Ailalea ran one mile in 1:36.75 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89.

Expansion likely done for year

Expansion, winner of Saturday's Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap here, will be given the rest of the year off and aimed for a 2010 campaign beginning at Gulfstream Park, trainer Chad Brown said Monday.

"He's run a lot this year," said Brown, who took over the training of Expansion when owners Gary and Mary West moved him from Kiaran McLaughlin. "We'll freshen him up a little bit, and keep him in those long races next year. He came to me in very good shape from Kiaran, I got to say."

Expansion will be part of a south Florida string for Brown that will include Silver Timber, Maram, and Quiet Meadow, all of whom raced at Santa Anita over the weekend. Maram finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf while Silver Timber finished sixth in the Turf Sprint. Quiet Meadow finished fourth in Friday's Las Palmas.

Interpatation preps for Japan

Interpatation, the upset winner of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational over Gio Ponti, will leave Saturday for his engagement in the Japan Cup on Nov. 29, trainer Robert Barbara said Monday.

On Monday, Interpatation worked five furlongs in 1:01.12 in company with the unstarted 2-year-old filly Amazing Lauren. Barbara said he doesn't usually work Interpatation in company but "I had a 2-year-old filly I needed to get a good work into and they both went really well."

As of Monday, Barbara said he was still seeking to line up a jockey for Interpatation.

Nelson DeSouza to join colony

Nelson DeSouza, who has been riding in Maryland for the last few months, will move his tack to New York, according to Sal Russo, who will take over as DeSouza's agent.

According to Russo, DeSouza is a former rider for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stable in England and Dubai. Russo said DeSouza has won more than 500 races. In the U.S., DeSouza has 24 wins from 274 mounts.

* Flashing, the Test winner, worked five furlongs in 1:02.05 on Monday. She will most likely make her next start in the Grade 1 Gazelle here on Nov. 29. That is expected to be her last start before she retires.

* Haynesfield, the Empire Classic winner, worked five furlongs in 1:01 Monday morning. He is nominated to Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap.