04/28/2012 12:12PM

Finger Lakes: Pretty Cozzy tries to get back on track


For the past six months, the mare Pretty Cozzy has been bouncing back and forth between the barns of Chris Englehart and Dominic Galluscio. Claimed three times beween Oct. 19 and Feb. 10, the 6-year-old will seek her first win since she was reclaimed by Galluscio for $16,000 in Monday’s seventh race at Finger Lakes.

Pretty Cozzy is among three of the seven fillies and mares in the 4  1/2-furlong sprint entered under the second-level allowance conditions of the race rather than the optional $12,500 claiming tag.

Pretty Cozzy raced well during her first stint with Englehart in 2011, winning 3 of 4 starts at Finger Lakes by a combined margin of 22  1/4 lengths. Galluscio took her for $25,000 in October at Belmont Park, but lost her back to Englehart when she dropped to score at the bottom $7,500 claiming level at Aqueduct in early January. A month later, she was retaken by Galluscio out of a winning effort for a $16,000 claiming tag. She failed to show her customary early speed in two subsequent starts, but may appreciate the return to Finger Lakes, where she opened up daylight leads after a half-mile in each of her three victories.

Englehart, the leading trainer at Finger Lakes the past nine seasons, will try and defeat his former runner with another 6-year-old mare, Sherribaldi. Her best races have come over synthetic surfaces, where she has been first or second in 9 of 16 starts. In contrast, Sheribaldi is just 2 for 17 on dirt, including a distant sixth-place finish in her lone previous appearance at Finger Lakes last August.

Absoulute Heaven is the other horse in the field attempting to transfer her good form on synthetic surfaces to dirt. An 8-year-old mare, Absoulute Heaven won her first two starts of 2012 within a span of eight days this month at Woodbine. All but one of her 13 lifetime victories have come on either synthetic or turf. She was a dull sixth the last time she tried dirt in January 2011 and her lone win on dirt came way back in 2007.

Amylimehouse may be the best speedster among the horses with good form on dirt. She has been in front at the half-mile call of each of her last three races and is 4 for 10 lifetime. She will be making her first start off a $7,500 claim for trainer Enrique Hernandez.