Updated on 09/16/2011 6:46AM

Inner dirt lures English colt across Atlantic


JAMAICA, N.Y. - It's unusual to see a European horse ship to New York for a race over Aqueduct's inner track, but Goshin's Lad will next week when he arrives from England for Saturday's $75,000-added Whirlaway for 3-year-olds.

Goshin's Lad brings essential dirt experience with him across the Atlantic. A Kentucky-bred colt, he is a winner of two dirt races over Lingfield's left-handed course in England.

Mike Ryan, an influential bloodstock agent, owns Goshin's Lad, whom he bought as a weanling for $42,000 at Keeneland. Ryan later sent the colt, who is by Nicholas, a son of Danzig, to trainer Gerard Butler in England, where he began his career last October.

Goshin's Lad, whose second dam, De La Rose, was a champion on the turf, made his first two starts on grass and showed very little. In his second start on the dirt, Goshin's Lad won a selling stakes, where the winner is offered at auction after the race. Ryan bought the colt back for roughly $16,000 after Goshin's Lad trailed the 13-horse field early and put in a strong move to win the six-furlong race by 2 1/2 lengths.

Goshin's Lad won his next start by 3 1/2 lengths in a mile handicap on Jan. 3, once again employing come-from-behind tactics. Nine days later, Goshin's Lad was fourth in a handicap after a tough trip in a 15-horse field.

Ryan said Goshin's Lad would remain in the United States after the Whirlaway either in New York or Louisiana, where Ryan has horses.

Butler, who saddled Dr Greenfield to a last-place finish in the 2001 Belmont Stakes, will be listed as the trainer on Saturday.

Ryan said bringing Goshin's Lad to the U.S. would give the colt more opportunities to run on his preferred surface, the dirt. He also said there's a market in this country to sell promising 3-year-olds.

"He might have enough potential to find himself a new home here," Ryan said. "There's usually plenty of interest in 3-year-olds.

"I don't know his level of talent, but we'll have a better read when he has run in this country," Ryan added. "He settles well, has a decent turn of foot, and very smooth action."

Goshin's Lad will arrive in New York on Tuesday and, after clearing quarantine, will be bedded down in Richard Schosberg's Belmont barn. Schosberg trains for Ryan in New York.

Mike Luzzi will ride Goshin's Lad.

Others expected for the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway are D'Coach, Lord ofthe Thunder, Saratoga Blues, Smoked Em, and Storm Commander. Coach Knight, Eye of the Comet, and The Sewickley Kid are listed as possibles.

Ideal spot for Coyote Lakes

A stakes-quality allowance race, which for some of the runners could serve as a prep to next month's $100,000-added Stymie, is Sunday's feature.

Coyote Lakes, Ground Storm, Tempest Fugit, Franbulo, and Acres are entered in the $56,000 classified allowance race, which will be run at a 1 1/4 miles.

The main contenders are Coyote Lakes, who won the Gallant Fox for the second time in December, and Ground Storm, the runner-up to Evening Attire in the Aqueduct two weeks ago.

The race looks tailor-made for Coyote Lakes, who loves the inner track and a distance of ground.

Luzzi rides Coyote Lakes for trainer Bruce Levine.

Ground Storm was quite impressive in his inner track debut in December at a mile and 70 yards, but is 1 for 5 at Sunday's distance.

Javier Castellano rides Ground Storm.

Tempest Fugit, third in the Aqueduct, is the likely pacesetter.

o Trainer John Kimmel reports that graded stakes winner Strolling Belle, owned by Red Oak Stable, has been retired. The 6-year-old Strolling Belle retires with $631,785 in earnings. Kimmel mentioned Thunder Gulch and Giant's Causeway as sires Strolling Belle could be bred to this season.

o Stop for Schnapps, who was being pointed to the Rare Treat later this month, has been retired because of an injury, according to trainer Nick Zito. Stop for Schnapps, a Go for Gin filly owned by Double C Stable, retires with $177,400. Zito did not know the breeding plans for Stop for Schnapps. Zito's filly finished second in her last race on Dec. 22, the Grade 3 Ladies.

o Sal Sciara, the clerk of scales, returned to work Friday for the first time since October when he was stricken with a brain infection.

- additional reporting by David Grening