12/16/2010 5:13PM

Driven by Success, Endless Circle meet again in Gravesend

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Endless Circle, winner the Grade 3 Fall Highweight, returns in Saturday's Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Endless Circle and Driven by Success, a pair of accomplished New York-breds who have gotten pretty familiar with each other, head Saturday’s 52nd running of the six-furlong Gravesend Stakes, one of eight sprints on the program.

This will be the third round in a budding rivalry between the sons of Precise End. Endless Circle defeated a 2-5 Driven by Success in a sloppy renewal of the John Morrissey at Saratoga; both rebounded from subpar performances in the Hudson Stakes to win their last starts.

Endless Circle was next-to-last in the Hudson, a puzzling performance that was later explained by a minor infection, but returned Thanksgiving Day to win the Grade 3 Fall Highweight under 129 pounds with a career-best Beyer Speed Figure, giving Rudy Rodriguez his first graded stakes victory as a trainer.

“This race is a little quick back, but he ran such a good race last time and is training well,” said Rodriguez, who has won five races with the 6-year-old since claiming him for $14,000 in April.

Driven by Success has a propensity for tangled starts, which cost him dearly in the Hudson. Three weeks later, however, he broke like a shot to win the Thunder Rumble division of the New York Stallion in pace-pressing style.

“We hope he’ll be on his best behavior and can get away cleanly from the gate,” Todd Pletcher said of Driven by Success, who drew the rail and is part of a Repole Stable entry with Calibrachoa.

Calibrachoa was claimed out of an easy score for $40,000 last month and posted a 101 Beyer in his New York debut at Belmont two starts back.

“We just hope he can compete at the same level for us,” Pletcher said.

The well-traveled Ravalo, who was the odd man out from the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, journeyed to Woodbine two weeks for a come-again win in the Grade 3 Kennedy Road.

“He loves to ship and he ran a big race in Canada four weeks ago,” trainer Cleveland Johnson said.

Ravalo, a maiden winner on the inner track in 2007, would surpass $1 million in earnings if he wins for the 16th time.

Ju Jitsu Jax ships in for Scott Lake, who earlier this week became the sixth trainer with 5,000 winners.

Footcandles, Jack On the Rocks, and Mesa Sunrise also entered.