02/18/2008 12:00AM

Go Go Shoot leads gate to wire in Capossela


Even trainer Jim Ryerson admitted Go Go Shoot caught a lucky break in last month's Jimmy Winkfield Stakes when the other speed horse in the race, Accredit, broke slowly.

In Monday's $78,600 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes, Go Go Shoot wasn't lucky, he was just plain good in leading gate to wire under Chuck Lopez and beating Accredit by a neck. It was a length back to Laysh Laysh Laysh, who had to steady late while trying to rally along the inside under Mario Pino.

Go Go Shoot, owned and bred by former Duke University basketball standout Bobby Hurley, won for the third time in four starts. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.73 and returned $5.10 as the favorite.

"He got a little looser on the lead than I thought he would," Ryerson said. "You have to give the other two horses credit; they both ran well."

Ryerson said he might attempt to stretch Go Go Shoot out to 1 1/16 miles in next month's Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. Go Go Shoot also could be pointed to the Grade 3 Bay Shore, a seven-furlong race here on April 5.

Earlier on Monday's card, Naughty New Yorker dominated three rivals, rolling to a 12 1/4-length victory over runner-up R Clear Victory in the $63,750 Master Digby Stakes for New York-breds.

Naughty New Yorker, trained by Pat Kelly for Fox Ridge Farm, covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:43.99 under Jean-Luc Samyn. It was Naughty New Yorker's 12th win from 41 starts, and he has now earned $975,864.- David Grening