12/09/2009 12:00AM

Goodbyeandgoodluck may be due


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It might be a leap of faith to suggest a horse with a 1-for-15 lifetime record is a horse for any course. Considering three of Goodbyeandgoodluck's five top-three finishes came over Aqueduct's inner track, and considering the price he figures to be in Friday's first-level allowance feature for New York-breds over the inner, it might be worth taking the plunge.

Goodbyeandgoodluck has lost nine consecutive races since winning a maiden special weight over the inner track in February at 13-1. The race before that, he finished third behind Summer Share, a horse who snapped a nine-race losing streak when he returned to the inner track on Dec. 4 in a first-level allowance heat.

Two starts back, in a $15,000 claiming race at Belmont, Goodbyeandgoodluck came with a solid late run to finish second, beaten a neck. Last time out, in this condition going a one-turn mile over Aqueduct's main track, Goodbyeandgoodluck made an early move to gain contention at the quarter pole but flattened out and was beaten 10 lengths. The aforementioned Summer Share finished third in that race before winning last Friday.

Trainer John Hertler, who has already lit up the tote board at this meet with 20-1 shot Devilishameye, is putting blinkers back on Goodbyeandgoodluck, equipment he wore last winter.

"He worked good with them the time before last," said Hertler, referring to a half-mile move in 49.80 seconds on Nov. 29. "I'm putting them back on to see if I can wake him up a little bit."

Five-pound apprentice Angel Serpa will ride.

Trainer Linda Rice entered Jimmy Vegas and Hue and Cry but is permitted to run only one, having named Anna Napravnik on both. Jimmy Vegas finished third in his two-turn debut in this condition last Friday, drifting out somewhat after having to come out for running room in the stretch.

"It has taken me a long time to get him to the races," Rice said. "He's a big horse - he's 16-3 [hands] - and it's taken me a long time to get him going the right way. I was very pleased with his effort going long."

Rice said she would run Hue and Cry if she deems one week is not enough time between races for Jimmy Vegas.

J L Bernstein, Monastir and Vinnie Van Go are also contenders in this field.

* Jockey John Velazquez took off his 14 mounts over Thursday and Friday, as he had to return to his native Puerto Rico on Tuesday night to tend to a family matter.