01/11/2008 12:00AM

Karakorum Starlet rolls on short rest


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Short rest and a sloppy track were of no consequence to Karakorum Starlet, who rolled to a two-length victory in Friday's $67,700 Ruby Rubles Stakes at Aqueduct. Afterward, trainer Jeff Odintz said his New York-bred filly would likely be pointed to the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 16.

Karakorum Starlet, a 5-year-old daughter of Skip Away, was wheeling back just 10 days after she finished second to Control System in the Interborough Handicap here on New Year's Day. But Odintz said the filly responded well out of the Interborough, which was run over a sealed muddy track.

"She lets you know when she's ready to run, she bounced back out of that race very good," Odintz said. "She likes it wet. Frankly, the only time I ran her on that kind of racetrack was the [Interborough], so I felt good about it. She can run on anything - wet or dry, sealed or not."

In the Ruby Rubles, Karakorum Starlet was returning to statebred competition for the first time since she won the Iroquois Handicap in October. Under Stewart Elliott, Karakorum Starlet stalked the pacesetting Tamberino until just outside the quarter pole, before taking command.

Karakorum Starlet covered the six furlongs in 1:11.80 and returned $5 to win. Laurentide Ice rallied to get second by one length over Light Tactic, the 9-5 favorite.

Karakorum Starlet was one of four winners for Elliott on Friday's card. Elliott could have had five winners, but he was taken off Glowing Image by owner Steve Sigler because Elliott had taken off the Sigler-owned Royal Moment on Thursday.

Elliot's other winners included Staid ($3.30) in the first, Come on Over ($12.80) in the sixth, and Martha's Mandate ($10.80) in the nightcap.

Always Enchanting suffers injury

Trainer Carl Domino skipped last weekend's Ruthless Stakes with his unbeaten filly Always Enchanting because he wanted to stretch her out in distance in Sunday's Busanda Stakes.

But Always Enchanting suffered an injury this week and is out indefinitely, Domino said.

Always Enchanting, owned and bred by George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, had won both her starts sprinting. But Domino was looking forward to stretching her out around two turns. The Busanda is run at a mile and 70 yards.

Instead, Always Enchanting will soon be shipped to Steinbrenner's Kinsman Farm in Ocala, Fla., to recover. Domino would not be specific about the injury.

"I think she's a really nice horse," Domino said. "Every time I breezed her with something, nobody's beaten her. If you breeze her by herself, she'll go in 1:03. She'll be back."

Domino said he had "no regrets" skipping the Ruthless, especially the way it played out with Dill or No Dill being the main speed and winning gate to wire. Always Enchanting was closing in sprint races and Domino felt she would have been compromised in the Ruthless.

Throng eyes General George

Throng is one of 18 horses nominated to next Saturday's $75,000 Aqueduct Handicap, but he will not be running in that race. Instead, Throng will be pointed to the Grade 2, $300,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 18.

Throng, a 5-year-old son of Silver Deputy, is coming off a front-running four-length victory in the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park on Jan. 5.

"He won down there impressively, he handled shipping and everything real well and ran one of his career-best races, so we're going to go back down there," said Seth Benzel, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Arroyo appeals seven-day ban

As expected, apprentice jockey Angel Arroyo was handed a seven-day suspension for careless riding during the running of Thursday's fifth race. Arroyo was aboard Rodando, who finished second but interfered with several horses in the stretch. He was disqualified and placed sixth.

Having appealed, a stay has been granted.

Jockey Aldo Arboleda is also likely to be suspended, though he was riding out of town Friday and thus a hearing before the stewards was unable to be held in his case. Arboleda rode Please Impress to victory in Thursday's sixth race, but was disqualified and placed second.