02/28/2008 12:00AM

Go Go Shoot passes on Gotham Stakes

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The connections of Go Go Shoot will for now resist the urge to stretch their 3-year-old gelding out in distance. They will skip next Saturday's $250,000 Gotham Stakes and instead point for the $150,000 Bay Shore here April 5.

The Grade 3 Gotham is run at 1 1/16 miles around two turns, while the Grade 3 Bay Shore, run over Aqueduct's main track, is contested around one turn at seven furlongs.

Go Go Shoot has won 3 of 4 career starts, including back-to-back sprint stakes scores in the Jimmy Winkfield and Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes, both at six furlongs. Trainer Jim Ryerson said the main reason for skipping the Gotham is that it comes just 19 days after the Capossela.

"Down the road, we might try to stretch him out, but it comes back much quicker than we've been spacing the horse's races," said Ryerson, who trains Go Go Shoot for former basketball standout Bobby Hurley. "Right now, we might opt to go Bay Shore and maybe Withers if he does well."

The Grade 3, $150,000 Withers, run at one mile, is scheduled for April 26 over Aqueduct's main track.

Ryerson said if Go Go Shoot raced in the Gotham and didn't run well, "I wouldn't be able to tell you if it was because he ran back too soon or he couldn't" run long.

Go Go Shoot, a son of Songandaprayer, put together two very strong performances in the Winkfield and Capossela. In the Winkfield, he ran six furlongs in 1:10.18 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. In the Capossela, he ran six furlongs in 1:10.73 and earned a Beyer of 99. He won both races in gate-to-wire fashion.

"I don't think he's a Derby horse, but I do think he has a shot to run middle distances," Ryerson said.

Golden Dawn eyeing Bed o' Roses

Golden Dawn, the six-length winner of the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 16, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap on April 19, trainer Mike Hushion said.

Hushion could have pointed her to the Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap at six furlongs on March 22, but wants to give the filly more time.

"After shipping around and running hard, I hate to run her back in a month," Hushion said.

Golden Dawn has won two consecutive stakes races by six lengths, earning a 97 Beyer in both races. In the Fritchie, she ran seven furlongs in 1:23.24. The Bed o' Roses is also run at seven furlongs.

Naughty New Yorker to Excelsior

While Evening Attire starts in Saturday's $75,000 Stymie Handicap, his stablemate Naughty New Yorker will be pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Handicap over the main track on April 5.

Naughty New Yorker, who finished second in last year's Excelsior, is coming off a 12 1/4-length romp in the Master Digby Stakes, his 10th New York-bred stakes victory. Overall, Naughty New Yorker has won 12 of 41 starts and has banked $965,864.

"He doesn't show much mercy on the New York-breds," trainer Pat Kelly said. "I can't get him to do that in a graded race or he'd be off to a stud career by now."

Naughty New Yorker did win the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap in 2006, a race that was rained off the turf and run on the main track.

* Carol Cedeno went winless with six mounts Thursday, her final day as an apprentice jockey. Cedeno, 19, was to have begun life as a journeyman rider Friday and was named on four mounts. As an apprentice, Cedeno won 26 races from 244 mounts during the inner-track meet. She also rides at Philadelphia Park.

Through Thursday, Cedeno had won 145 races from 1,170 career mounts.

* Tom Durkin, NYRA's regular track announcer, will be here to call the races Saturday as John Imbriale takes a day off. Durkin is not slated to return on a regular basis until the first week of April.

Racing returns to the main track on April 2.