09/26/2013 10:24AM

Finger Lakes: Fox Rox aims to duplicate dam’s win in New York Breeders’ Futurity

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Barbara D. Livingston
Fox Rox, who improved dramatically with the addition of blinkers in his third career start, will try to duplicate the performance of his dam, Shesastonecoldfox, by winning the six-furlong New York Breeders' Futurity, the richest race of the season at Finger Lakes.

Labor Day at Finger Lakes couldn’t have been any more spectacular for owner-breeders Dennis and Deborah Petrisak, their trainer M. Anthony Ferraro, and jockey Pedro Rodriguez, who combined to sweep a pair of six-figure stakes for 2-year-olds. Saturday, however, could produce an even bigger thrill for the racing team if Fox Rox can win the 51st running of the $237,457 New York Breeders’ Futurity.

Fox Rox, who improved dramatically with the addition of blinkers in his third career start, will try to duplicate the performance of his dam, Shesastonecoldfox, by winning the six-furlong Futurity, the richest race of the season at Finger Lakes.

To do so, however, Fox Rox will have to prove he’s better than Wired Bryan, who is a nose shy of being a two-time Grade 2 stakes winner. Wired Bryan will be looking to rebound after finishing worse than second for the first time in his four-start career while racing over a muddy track in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga on Labor Day. He dominated the Grade 2 Sanford and missed by a nose to Corfu in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in his two previous starts.

Fox Rox soared from a modest 43 Beyer Speed Figure to a 77 when, racing with blinkers for the first time, he romped by 18 1/4 lengths in the $120,925 Aspirant at Finger Lakes. He will be looking to match what his dam, Shesastonecoldfox, did as a 2-year-old filly in 2001 by winning the Breeders’ Futurity.

Fox Rox will be facing a much tougher group in the Breeders’ Futurity than the four maidens he defeated in the Aspirant. In addition to Wired Bryan, his six opponents include Free Mugatu and Ogermeister, separated by a neck as the 1-2 finishers in the Law Enforcement on Aug. 30 at Saratoga; and Sidearm, a daylight winner in his career debut the same day at Saratoga. Noon Time Shower, the lone filly and runner-up in the Lady Finger, is cross-entered in the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox later on Saturday’s card.

A win by Free Mugatu would give trainer John Terranova a second consecutive triumph in the Breeders’ Futurity. He won the 2012 running with West Hills Giant.

Ogermeister, from the barn of high-percentage trainer Wesley Ward, has had trouble getting away from the gate cleanly in each of his past two starts. He had his head in front at the eighth pole of the six-furlong Law Enforcement before losing to Free Mugatu by a neck.

Sidearm overcame getting bumped at the start when he rallied from fifth to win his career debut by 2 1/2 lengths on Aug. 30. His trainer, Gary Contessa, is 2 for 8 with 2-year-old debut winners returning in a sprint, but 0 for 6 when start No. 2 comes in a stakes.

◗ The same connections of Fox Rox will send out Alwaysinstilettos in the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox (race 9) for 2-year-old statebred fillies going six furlongs. Alwaysinstillettos, racing on Lasix for the first time, won the $121,275 Lady Finger by four lengths on Labor Day. Her chief rival is Miss Narcissist, a Linda Rice-trained filly who wired a group of maidens on Aug. 28 at Saratoga.

◗ Sing the Dream, a nine-length winner two weeks ago at Penn National, is the only non-maiden among six statebred 2-year-olds going six furlongs in the $50,000 Tin Cup Chalice (race 3).