Updated on 09/16/2011 8:00AM

Forest Heiress back with new shoes


JAMAICA, N.Y. - has returned to the scene of her most impressive performance as a 2-year-old and will head a field of 3-year-old fillies expected to run in next Saturday's $100,000, Grade 3 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct.

Forest Heiress shipped to Aqueduct from Gulfstream Park earlier this week and is scheduled to have her final workout for the Cicada on Monday. Forest Heiress has not been out since finishing second to A New Twist in the Old Hat Stakes on Jan. 6 at Gulfstream.

Forest Heiress came out of that race with a bruised foot that cost her to miss a week of training and prohibited her from running in the Forward Gal Stakes on Jan. 27. Forest Heiress worked six furlongs in 1:13 last Sunday at Gulfstream before shipping to New York.

"We ended up putting glue-on shoes on her, and she's been a little better since," trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said.

As a 2-year-old, Forest Heiress won four of five starts, including the Valley Stream Stakes over Aqueduct's main track, in which she covered six furlongs in a stakes-record 1:08.66. Her lone loss came to Bella Bellucci in the Astarita Breeders' Cup.

The Cicada, run at seven furlongs, is expected to include Haunted Lass, Mrscoppolaskitchen, Proper Gamble, Short Note, Vesta, and Wilzada. Possible starters include Afnan, Alpine Pass, Boozin' Susan, and Two Times a Lady.

McGaughey rethinks Gotham

When Easy Goer won the 1989 Gotham and set a track and stakes record of 1:32.40 for a mile, trainer Shug McGaughey called it "a pretty exciting time in my life." Years later, however, McGaughey now looks back on it with some regret, as he believes that performance may have inhibited Easy Goer's chances at winning the Kentucky Derby.

Following the Gotham, Easy Goer won the Wood Memorial before finishing second to Sunday Silence in both the Derby and the Preakness. He came back to defeat Sunday Silence in the Belmont Stakes.

While McGaughey would naturally like to win Sunday's 50th renewal of the Gotham with Saarland, he's not approaching it as a must-win situation.

"I was just telling Cynthia Phipps," McGaughey said, referring to Saarland's owner, "I don't want Saarland to run his best race in the Gotham. Now that I look back 13 years later, I'm not so sure that Easy Goer didn't run his best race in the Gotham. He might not have needed to run in the Wood Memorial."

McGaughey also won the Gotham with Lure, who dead-heated for first with Devil His Due in 1992. Lure did not run in the Derby and turned out to be a star on turf where he won back-to-back runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Jockeys fined, Espinoza out another day

The Aqueduct stewards fined jockeys Lorenzo Lezcano and Jose Espinoza each $250 for their part in a fight following the running of Thursday's third race. Espinoza, who came out of the altercation with a black eye, was forced to take off his two mounts on Friday's card. He had to take off his final two mounts on Thursday as well.

Lezcano belted Espinoza in the jockeys' room following an incident near the finish line of Thursday's third race. Lezcano was aboard Borntoberegal, who drifted out nearing the wire of the third race, finishing second behind Badger Gold.

Espinoza was aboard Painted Pistol, who clipped heels with Borntoberegal, nearly unseating Espinoza. Later, in the jockeys' room, Espinoza approached Lezcano and, according to the stewards, made a gesture at Lezcano that Lezcano took as a swing.

Shopping for Love nearing return

Shopping for Love, a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds Thursday over Belmont Park's training track, the fastest of 14 moves at the distance. Shopping for Love, away from the races since last September, is being pointed to the Broadway Handicap, a seven-furlong dirt race for New York-bred fillies and mares on April 7.

Shopping for Love, who won the Busher and Bouwerie Stakes on dirt and the Ticonderoga and Spicy Living stakes on turf, has not been out since a sixth-place finish in the Violet Handicap at The Meadowlands last September. She came out of that race with ankle problems and trainer Kenny Nesky blistered them both and gave her the rest of the year off.

"This is her last season," trainer Kenny Nesky said. "I think she's going to have a good one."

* Jose Velez, who won a modest 14 races this winter in New York, left New York following the races Friday to return to Florida. Velez was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream Saturday before heading to Dubai to ride in next Saturday's Dubai World Cup card. He will return to Gulfstream before heading to Monmouth Park in May.

* Bridge-jumpers had mixed success at Aqueduct on Friday, scoring in the show pool with 2-5 shot Snake Mountain in the seventh, one race after 4-5 favorite Willow Bend finished fourth. Of the $57,253 wagered to show in the sixth race, $43,163 was put on Willow Bend. That triggered show payoffs of $7.80, $23.20 and $8.40. The winner, Quarter to Nine, paid $7.90 to win.