12/08/2008 12:00AM

Haynesfield picks up the slack


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Two days after their leading New York-bred juvenile, Trinity Magic, finished last in the Delta Jackpot, Haynesfield picked up the slack for the Steve Asmussen stable with an authoritative 5 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $83,375 Damon Runyon Stakes for statebred juveniles at Aqueduct.

Breaking from the rail under Ramon Dominguez, Haynesfield made the lead rather easily and was able to coast through fractions of 23.46 seconds, 48.03, and 1:13.63 before turning back a mild bid from both Legal Consent and Fiddlers Afleet en route to the win. Fiddler's Afleet finished second, 4 1/4 lengths ahead of Legal Consent.

The win was the second from three starts for Haynesfield, a son of Speightstown owned by Turtle Bird Stable. He was making his first start since taking a maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths at Belmont on Sept. 25.

Haynesfield covered a mile and 70 yards in 1:42.95 and returned $6.10 as the favorite.

"We had a lot of confidence in him," said Dominguez, who rode three winners on the card. "We were on the inside and got the lead pretty easily. He's got enough speed; I even thought about putting the breaks on him. But he was going along easily, so I thought I would go on with him. He's got high cruising speed and distance doesn't seem to be an issue. He finished up strong."

Earlier on the card, Don't Forget Gil avoided traffic issues by staying on the inside under Rajiv Maragh and rolling to 3 3/4-length victory over Submerge in the $80,775 East View Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies.

Don't Forget Gil was positioned behind Sarah Accomplished who down the backstretch began bearing out and carrying others wide. Maragh guided Don't Forget Gil to the inside and he got the jump on the field. Don't Forget Gil, a daughter of Kafwain, covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:46.34 and returned $7 as the second choice.

Don't Forget Gil is owned by Alan Brodsky and trained by Mark Hennig. He is named for a long-time New York Racing Association usher Gil Parrucci.