12/29/2008 1:00AM

Haynesfield drills for Count Fleet


ELMONT, N.Y. - Haynesfield, one of the few potential Kentucky Derby prospects still stabled in New York, worked five furlongs in 1:03.07 on Monday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for a start in Saturday's $65,000 Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct.

The Count Fleet will be the first stakes for 3-year-olds to be run in New York in 2009.

Haynesfield, a New York-bred son of Speightstown, is coming off a 5 1/4-length victory in the Damon Runyon Stakes on Dec. 7, his second consecutive victory. In the Damon Runyon, Haynesfield led from start to finish, ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:42.95 over Aqueduct's inner track, and earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure.

"He's doing well," said Toby Sheets, New York-based assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. "We'll just cross our fingers and hope we can repeat."

A small field is expected for the Count Fleet. Mike From Queens and Pitched Perfectly are the only other confirmed starters. Pressure Point, Aswaaq, and Land Grant are listed as possible.