02/08/2005 1:00AM

Gryder gets call on 'Grocer'


Aaron Gryder will ride Galloping Grocer in Saturday's $75,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct, trainer Dominick Schettino said Tuesday.

John Velazquez had ridden Galloping Grocer in all four of his starts last year, but he is going to Fair Grounds on Saturday to ride Harlington for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Risen Star Stakes.

"Gryder is riding him in this race," said Schettino. "There's no commitment beyond this."

Galloping Grocer won the first three starts of his career last year by a combined 31 1/4 lengths before finishing second by a neck to Rockport Harbor in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 27. The Whirlaway, at 1 1/16 miles, is Galloping Grocer's first start since then.