10/22/2009 11:00PM

Ibboyee, Make Note giving weight


ELMONT, N.Y. - With two turf stakes pushed back to Sunday, the Cliff's Notes version of New York Showcase Day gets underway with a pair of $100,000 stakes at a mile for 2-year-olds, the Maid of the Mist and the Sleepy Hollow.

The 16th running of the Sleepy Hollow is the lead-off leg of a $350,000-guaranteed pick four.

Ibboyee and Make Note, the two stakes winners in the Sleepy Hollow, each carry 122 pounds and spot seven to nine pounds to nine other juveniles, including the entry of Strategic Move and Mineswept.

Ibboyee is the probable favorite after winning his first three starts, all for Todd Pletcher and at six furlongs. After getting up to win his debut by a nose at Saratoga, the Medallist colt took the Aspirant and New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes in similar pace-pressing fashion, drawing away in the stretch to score by better than six lengths each time.

"He's a laid-back colt to train, and while we weren't surprised he won first out, he has exceeded expectations to this point," said Pletcher, who was 14 for 32 with 2-year-olds at the meet through Thursday.

Ibboyee earned Beyers of 86 and 85 at Finger Lakes, not far off the winning figure for the Grade 1 Champagne, a fact not lost on Pletcher.

"He's got such a good disposition and he settles well," he said. "If anything, he was rushed along a little bit at six furlongs, so the mile should suit him very well. We're thinking if he handles this little stretch-out in distance, then we may consider something like the Remsen."

Make Note and City Trooper, the one-three finishers in the recent Bertram F. Bongard, are an uncoupled entry from George Weaver.

Make Note broke slowest in the Bongard, but rallied to contention with a rail-skimming move and drew away to win by two lengths at better than 9-1 in the slop.

"I'm assuming he liked the wet track," said Weaver. "With his personality, I don't think the distance will be an issue. A one-turn mile should suit the way he runs."

In the Bongard, City Trooper finished six lengths behind Make Note as second choice. "We think they're a lot more closely matched than in the Bongard," said Weaver. "He was jumping up and down on the dirt; I'd like to see him be a little more free-running and closer to the pace."

Other contenders include Come From Behind, second in the Bongard after alternating on the lead, and Strategic Move, who shipped in from Suffolk to beat $35,000 maidens by nine lengths in his debut. Strategic Move worked a bullet five furlongs Tuesday for new trainer Carlos Martin.

In the Maid of the Mist (race 6), Mineralogist looms a clear-cut favorite after winning the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes under a mild drive. Six of her eight rivals are eligible for first-level allowance conditions, and the two others are maidens.

"I think she's probably pretty salty in there," said John Kimmel, who saddled Mineralogist's dam, Seeking the Ante, to win a sloppy renewal of the Iroquois in 2005.

Mineralogist received a moderate Beyer (70) in winning the Gimma, but was well clear through the final furlong under a mild drive.

"It was a workmanlike performance - she did what she had to do, and not much more than that," said Kimmel.

Sugar Trade and Raffie's Rose, second and third in the Gimma, are back for another try.