01/30/2010 12:00AM

Hold That Prospect looks hard to catch


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - When Gary Gullo examines the field for Saturday's $65,000 Correction Stakes at Aqueduct, it's hard for him to temper his enthusiasm. As the trainer of the speedy Hold That Prospect, Gullo thinks he has found the ideal spot to win a stakes race.

"I hate to get crazy,'' Gullo said. "But I think she should be one-two.''

With the speed she possesses, it's difficult not to see Hold That Prospect first or second in the early stages of the Correction, which drew only five fillies and mares and will go as the third race on the card. It's just a matter of whether there is anyone in the field that has the speed to run with her early. Three-fifths of the field consists of Maryland-bred shippers from the Mid-Atlantic region, some of whom have shown speed in the past.

"Sometimes you get these out-of-town horses that look like they have speed, and for one reason or another they don't show it,'' Gullo said. "Besides, I don't think they'd want to ship all the way here to go head and head with her unless they're looking to get her beat.''

Since Gullo claimed her for $30,000 in March on behalf of Richard Munk's partnership group, Funky Munky Stable, Hold That Prospect has 4 wins and 1 second from 6 starts. In her only stakes try, Hold That Prospect set the pace but tired to finish fifth in the Garland of Roses here on Dec. 5. That race was run over a sloppy track and Hold That Prospect was running back just eight days after a hard-fought nose victory in a starter handicap.

Though Hold That Prospect ran her career-best Beyer Speed Figure over a wet track, Gullo says he doesn't feel that his mare liked the sloppy inner track in the Garland of Roses. He is looking forward to the likelihood of a fast track come Saturday.

What Time It Is, who has not been out since June 6, has the rail and has shown speed in the past for trainer Michael Trombetta. Her ability to run with Hold That Prospect could determine the outcome of the Correction.

Heaven's Voice and Fascinatin' Rhythm both came from off the pace when second and third in the Squan Song Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 5. Bright Halo, a multiple group stakes winner in Uruguay, shortens up to six furlongs after blowing the clubhouse turn when finishing seventh in the two-turn Snit Stakes on Dec. 12.