Updated on 09/16/2011 9:38AM

A fresh 'Brainstorm'

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Whata Brainstorm returns to action Friday in a 1 3/8-mile turf allowance race at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Whata Brainstorm, a multiple graded stakes winner who has made just three starts in the last 20 months, returns to action Friday in a 1 3/8-mile turf allowance race at Aqueduct.

Whata Brainstorm may not be the fittest, but he is certainly the most accomplished among the nine entrants in the $58,000 race. Three horses were entered for the main track only.

Whata Brainstorm has made only two starts since winning the Grade 2 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream in March 2001. Following a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Explosive Bid at Fair Grounds that month, Whata Brainstorm fractured the sesamoid bone in his left hind leg.

He was out 11 months before returning in a money allowance race at Gulfstream in February when he was beaten a nose by Stokosky.

Shortly thereafter, Whata Brainstorm chipped another piece of the sesamoid, and he underwent a second operation. A shorter recovery period meant he was back in training in one month and preparing to return at Saratoga when a virus swept through Picou's barn.

Now, Picou hopes to make up for lost time with Whata Brainstorm. He is using Friday's race as a prep for the Red Smith Handicap on Nov. 23.

"I don't think he's 100 percent as far as fitness is concerned, but he should run well,' said Picou, who has named Victor Carerro to ride.

Whata Brainstorm does his best running from off the pace and he may compromised by a race seemingly without pace.

Trainer Gary Sciacca, who already has three wins at the meet, figures to send one of his two entrants to the front early. Two starts back, at Saratoga, Perfect Stranger led gate to wire in a third-level allowance race after a non-effort in the Cape Henlopen Stakes. This time, Perfect Stranger is coming off a last-place finish in the Manila Stakes at The Meadowlands, a race in which he stopped after a half-mile.

Good Boy Sam, the other half of the Sciacca entry, won a second-level allowance on the lead at Saratoga, and has competed in nothing but stakes since. He finished sixth in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap at Woodbine, but was beaten only four lengths by Strut the Stage.

Quiet Ruler overcame a ridiculously slow pace to upset New York-breds in the Mohawk Handicap over the Belmont turf course. He had been winless in 11 prior starts. He has won his last two starts over this course.

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