10/09/2010 12:32PM

Ferraro looks to continue hot streak


Over the past month, no trainer has been hotter at Finger Lakes than Michael Ferraro, who has put together a 13-for-31 streak, which translates to a 42 percent hit rate.

Ferraro, who has won 18 training titles at Finger Lakes during a career that began in 1971 at Fort Erie, has a good shot to continue his recent run of success when he sends out the coupled entry of Love Our Grankids and Frankies Dream in Tuesday’s featured eighth race, one of three allowances on a nine-race card. Race 8, scheduled for six furlongs, is restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares who have not won two statebred allowances and $8,000 claimers.

A 5-year-old mare, Love Our Grankids was running for a bottom $4,000 claiming tag against nonwinners-of-two lifetime competiton at Golden Gate Fields this spring when she was transferred to Ferraro’s barn. She has gone 3 for 8 since making her first start for Ferraro in late May, including a 1 1/2-length score against open allowance company last time out Sept. 13. The last time she ran at this level, Love Our Grankids finished a close second going a mile and 70 yards.

The main threat to Love Our Grankids happens to be her coupled stablemate, Frankies Dream, a 5-year-old who has been no worse than second in 11 of 15 lifetime starts at Finger Lakes. Ferraro has been running Frankies Dream at the $4,000 claiming level for most of the past two seasons, but she’s on the improve lately, missing by a neck versus $5,000 company on Sept. 11 and winning a restricted first-level allowance by a neck 13 days later.

The best of the non-Ferraro-trained runners appears to be Azucaa Anne, a 3-year-old who has finished second in each of her last two starts, both at this same level. She is a five-time winner this season, including a first-level allowance Aug. 9.

◗ Ferraro also has a contender in race 4, a six-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two lifetime, in Netti Is Golden, who returned from a 2 1/2-month layoff to win his maiden by four lengths Sept. 20.

◗ Awedacious Caren, who won her first two starts since coming to leading trainer Chris Englehart by nearly 23 lengths, looks to make it three wins in a row when she returns from a seven-week layoff in race 7, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance for fillies and mares who have never won three races.