04/02/2009 12:00AM

Capt. Candyman Can starts sprint campaign


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With the Kentucky Derby no longer a target, Capt. Candyman Can will zero on what his connections believe he does best. Thus, the 3-year-old gelding will embark on a sprint campaign beginning with Saturday's $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct.

Capt. Candyman Can heads a 10-horse field entered in the Grade 3 Bay Shore, a seven-furlong race. Two starts back, Capt. Candyman Can won the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes at seven furlongs before finishing fourth to Quality Road in the one-mile Fountain of Youth.

"I got no excuses, I wasn't good enough that day," Ian Wilkes, trainer of Capt. Candyman Can, said of the Fountain of Youth. "He maybe was too close to a hot pace that day. I feel a little shorter, the better. I think he'll bounce back. I think we'll get the Hutcheson back this time."

Capt. Candyman Can will break from post 4 under Javier Castellano.

While the focal point of trainer Jeff Mullins's trip to New York is trying to win the Grade 1 Wood Memorial with I Want Revenge, he also has shipped in Gato Go Win for the Bay Shore. Gato Go Win had a two-race winning streak snapped when he finished third in the San Vicente at Santa Anita, which was run over what Mullins called "a crummy track" because of rain earlier in the week.

"I felt the horse should have been on the lead easy; the rider said he struggled the whole way," Mullins said. "For him to run third in that race was a pretty huge effort. If he can get away clean and gets a hold of the racetrack, I think he'll be tough."

There is plenty of other speed in the field with Yano, Taqarub, and Rocketing Returns.

Not for Silver, who won the Capossela Stakes over the inner track in February, runs back two weeks after he was beaten a head in the Private Terms at Laurel.

True Resurgence tries to upset Excelsior

True Resurgence has yet to prove he's a ready-for-prime-time player, but he'll get another chance in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

True Resurgence finished seventh in the Meadowlands Cup and 11th in the Hal's Hope in his only two previous starts in graded company. Both times, he emerged from the race with a respiratory infection. He finished third in last month's Stymie Stakes, a race in which his connections believe he was too close to the early pace.

"It wasn't supposed to end up that way," trainer John Terranova said. "He's pretty effective stalking the pace. He's a very honest horse. When he's right, he gives you his race."

True Resurgence finished behind Barrier Reef and Real Merchant in the Stymie. Barrier Reef will try to prove he is more than just an inner-track specialist - all five of his wins have come over the inner - while Real Merchant hopes to move forward in his second start off a layoff.

Kurbat could be interesting as the potential main speed under Joe Talamo. Kurbat, a 5-year-old Chilean-bred gelding, won a third-level allowance race going 1 1/16 miles at Laurel in his first start off a six-month layoff. Giant Moon, who breaks from the outside, is the other speed in the field.

Atoned and Alaazo, an uncoupled entry from trainer Todd Pletcher, and Cool Coal Man, the 2008 Fountain of Youth winner for Nick Zito, complete the field.