10/20/2007 12:00AM

Galluscio pulls off another shocker

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Oh brother, trainer Dominic Galluscio pulled off another stunner in the Empire Classic.

One year after winning this race with Organizer at 22-1, Galluscio saddled his 3-year-old full brother Dr. V's Magic to a 15-1 upset in Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic before a crowd of 7,367 at Belmont Park. Dr. V's Magic, a son of Raffie's Majesty out of the dam Treasure Always, won by a head over Who What Win, who finished second by 2 3/4 lengths over Run Red Run.

Naughty New Yorker, the 6-5 favorite, finished fourth.

The Empire Classic was the highlight of a New York Showcase Day card included eight stakes races devoted to New York-bred horses.

Dr. V's Magic had gotten off to poor starts in each of his last three starts, including the Albany Handicap at Saratoga where he finished second. According to jockey Kent Desormeaux, Dr. V's Magic would get into a fight in the starting gate with the assistant starter.

For this race, Galluscio and Desormeaux asked that an assistant starter not be present at the start.

"We decided we weren't going to have a man in there and see if he'll pay attention and look forward and he broke in front, I had to rein him in," Desormeaux said. "That was the difference, I just had so much horse today."

Dr. V's Magic, who broke so hard he stumbled at the start, raced in fifth position down the backside as Storm Boot Gold set the pace chased by Run Red Run and Indian Hawke. Dr. V's Magic raced outside of Who What Win, who was saving ground under Rafael Bejarano.

In the stretch, Who What Win continued to advance along the inside while Dr. V's Magic came four wide in the stretch and was able to outfinish Who What Win for the victory. Dr. V's Magic, owned and bred by Majesty Stud, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.70 and returned $32.80.

"The distance is not a problem for this pedigree," said Galluscio, who mentioned he has a 2-year-old filly full sister to Dr. V's Magic. "You know how they used to call Reggie Jackson 'Mr. October?' If I win this race again next year, maybe they'll call me Mr. October."