04/10/2007 11:00PM

Control System out of Comely with illness


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Control System, the undefeated winner of the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes, will be forced to miss Saturday's Grade 2 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct after developing a throat infection, trainer Michael Trombetta said Wednesday.

Trombetta blew out Control System three furlongs in 36.60 seconds Wednesday morning at Laurel Park, but an endosocopic examination following the breeze showed some mucus in her lungs.

"She had a very, very low grade throat infection,'' Trombetta said. "I just needed a little bit of time to clean that up. Young horses are a little more susceptible to these viruses.''

Based on her performance in the Cicada, Control System would have been one of the favorites for the Comely. In the Cicada, Control System demonstrated the ability to rate while meeting a tougher group of horses than the ones she met in two easy wins at Philadelphia Park.

"I looked at the race, I was comfortable with her numbers, but I'm not completely comfortable that I have to tend to this before I run,'' Trombetta said. "She just ran three weeks ago. We really do think she's a good one.''

Without Control System, the $150,000 Comely will probably have a seven-horse field consisting of Bare Dancer, Boca Grande, Desire to Excel, Fee Fi Fo Fum, Officer in Pursuit, Perfect Forest, and Winning Point.

Trombetta said he would look at the Grade 2, $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park on May 5 for Control System, though he is pointing Changeisgonnacome to that race as well.

Trombetta also confirmed that Street Magician, winner of the Aventura Stakes on March 31 at Gulfstream, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes here on April 28. Street Magician left south Florida on Wednesday by van en route to Trombetta's Laurel Park barn.

Certifiably Crazy pointing to Kingston

Certifiably Crazy, who will almost certainly be crowned New York-bred turf champion for a second straight year, continued preparation for his 7-year-old debut by working four furlongs in 49.24 seconds Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's main track.

It was the third work for Certifiably Crazy since returning from a winter vacation. Trainer Richard Schosberg is pointing him to the Kingston Handicap at Belmont Park on May 13. Certifiably Crazy is winless in three tries in the Kingston, including a sixth-place finish last year.

"I think we're ahead of where we were last year in his training,'' Schosberg said. "A lot has to do with the weather in the next four weeks as to when I get him on the grass and breeze. He came in this year ahead of where he was last year. I hope I can get him tight enough for the Kingston.''

Certifiably Crazy was the New York-bred turf champion in 2005 and he is likely to earn that distinction for 2006 with three statebred stakes wins, including the Mohawk last October, the last time he ran.

Meanwhile, Schosberg said Attila's Storm, who missed last weekend's Carter Handicap due to a quarter crack, will be pointed to the True North Handicap at Belmont on Juneo9. Schosberg said Attila's Storm has resumed light training but missed too much time to be ready for next month's Bold Ruler.

Schosberg said Attila's Storm, who won the Toboggan Handicap in his last start, would have his quarter crack patched up on Saturday.

"We'll just call this a necessary freshening,'' Schosberg said.

Cash's Girl captures True Affair

Cash's Girl, with Alan Garcia up, rallied four wide approaching the quarter pole and stormed down the center of the track to take Wednesday's $64,950 True Affair Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over Half Time Crown. It was another length back to Lady Marlboro.

Cash's Girl, coming out of a second-place finish in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park, won for the second time in four starts. Cash's Girl, who ran six furlongs in 1:10.20, is a daughter of Northern Fleet owned by Cash is King Stable and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

Cash's Girl returned $4 as the favorite.

Krebs suspended, fined

Trainer Steve Krebs was scheduled to begin a 15-day suspension on Thursday and fined $1,000 for the finding of the banned tranquilizer acepromazine in the post-race samples of Significant Other in the ninth race here on Dec. 8. The horse, who finished third, was ordered unplaced in the order of finish.

The suspension was reduced from 30 days for Krebs waiving his right of appeal. While Krebs was the trainer of record of Significant Other, he was saddling the horse for trainer Scott Lake, who was serving a suspension for a different medication violation.

Towering Escape seeks rebound

Towering Escape, compromised by a slow start and wide trip in a last-place finish in the Broadway Handicap over the inner track, meets some familiar foes in Friday's featured third-level allowance race at seven furlongs.

Towering Escape, a New York-bred daughter of Giant's Causeway, had won two consecutive open-company allowance races before finishing third in the Correction. She was sent off the 5-2 favorite in the Broadway, but never got involved. She was beaten 14 lengths by Waytotheleft, who is also in this field.

Veneti, who ended her 3-year-old campaign with two allowance wins last November, could be the one to beat if trainer Tom Albertrani has her ready to fire off the layoff.

* Any Limit, winner of the First Lady and Hurricane Bertie handicaps at Gulfstream this winter, worked five furlongs in 1:00.74 Wednesday morning at Belmont. The Allen Jerkens-trained Any Limit is nominated to the Grade 2, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap here on April 21.