02/18/2010 12:00AM

Good Law targets inner-track streak


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Tom Bush wasn't sure what to expect when he saddled Good Law for a New York-bred optional claiming race over Aqueduct's inner track on Jan. 24. The betting public was equally perplexed, sending Good Law off at 10-1.

Bush and those who wagered on Good Law were pleasantly surprised when Good Law came storming from off the pace to win the race by 1 1/2 lengths.

"He trained exceptionally well," Bush said. "It was hard for me to interpret his form from Finger Lakes, but he showed up that day. It seemed like everything was coming from off the pace. Maybe that was somewhat a part of it."

Bush hopes Good Law shows up again Saturday when he runs in the $60,000 Tinchen's Prince Stakes for New York-breds at 1 1/16 miles. A field of seven was entered, including Summer Share, who also is trained by Bush.

Good Law raced exclusively at Finger Lakes in 2009, going 3-2-2 from 10 starts. With Finger Lakes closed, owner Michael Anania shipped Good Law to Bush. Good Law, a 5-year-old gelded son of Good and Tough, has come back to work twice since his victory, including a sharp half-mile in 48.25 seconds over Belmont Park's training track Monday.

"I was trying to go easy with him, but a horse broke off in front of him and made him go a little faster than I wanted," Bush said.

Bush's other entrant, Summer Share, comes off a second-place finish in a second-level New York-bred allowance. He has finished first or second in five of six inner-track starts.

"He loves the inner track," Bush said. "If I was going to try him in a little tougher company, it would be over the inner track."

There is not a lot of speed in the Tinchen's Prince. Freddy the Cap, who scratched out of an optional claimer here Thursday, could be loose on the lead under Jackie Davis.

Also entered are Dr. D.F.C., Almighty Silver, Executive Search, and Naughty New Yorker.

Borrowing Base back with females

The last time Borrowing Base faced her own sex over a fast inner track, she won the Ladies Handicap. That was Dec. 14, 2008. Since then, Borrowing Base has gone only 1 for 15, but only one of those races was against fillies and mares on a fast track in a two-turn race.

After three consecutive starts against males, Borrowing Base faces fillies and mares in Saturday's $65,000 Rare Treat Stakes and trainer Pat Quick is looking forward to the race.

"She's in the best form of her life; she just keeps on trucking," Quick said.

Quick said it has not yet been decided if Borrowing Base will race this entire year or be bred. Either way, she will most likely run in the Ladies, which the New York Racing Association has brought back after a one-year hiatus and will be run on March 27.

"The Ladies is the next target, and then it'll be crunch time for them to make a decision," Quick said. "Breeding is so risky, you don't know what you're going to get."

Spoken like a trainer who doesn't want to see the big horse leave his barn.

"Of course not," Quick said.

Gyarmati plans for Roman Chestnut

On her first morning back from Florida, trainer Leah Gyarmati was receiving congratulations from her colleagues for her first New York stakes victory, Roman Chestnut's upset score in last Saturday's Busher Stakes.

Now that Roman Chestnut has confirmed Gyarmati's belief that she would prefer two-turn races over sprints, the 3-year-old filly will likely make her next start in the $60,000 Dreamy Mimi at a mile and 70 yards on March 11.

Gyarmati said that she had tried on several occasions to get Roman Chestnut in a two-turn race, but they wouldn't fill. When she finally got the filly in a distance race, Gyarmati had to scratch her out of a race on Jan. 31 due to a temperature.

Gyarmati said owner Ellen O'Connell "was getting frustrated."

"She said, 'Maybe we should sell her,' " Gyarmati said. "I said 'You don't want to watch her this spring and summer running and someone else having all the fun. You'll be sick to your stomach.' "

Gyarmati wasn't present for her first New York stakes victory as she was trying to purchase some new stock at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company select juvenile auction. She got one horse, a 2-year-old colt by Bluegrass Cat purchased for $195,000 by owner Jeffrey Treadway.

"We'll see in a couple of months how good of a trip it was," Gyarmati said.