Updated on 09/16/2011 8:44AM

Kelly comfortable with rain


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Pat Kelly had been planning to run Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Evening Attire in in the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Mother Nature could force a change of plans.

With rain in the New York forecast for Friday, possibly lingering into Saturday morning, Kelly entered Evening Attire in Saturday's $150,000 in the event the Grade 3 race comes off the grass. If it is run on dirt, Evening Attire would start as the 126-pound highweight under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. The race would remain at 1 3/8 miles.

"If it's off the grass and the track is muddy, [Aqueduct] is one of his favorite places,' Kelly said. "Can he carry that much weight and go that far? That's the question.'

If the race remains on turf, 12 horses are expected and the field lacks a standout. Man From Wicklow, who hasn't won in 15 months, would be the starting highweight at 118 pounds.

Man From Wicklow comes off a trio of near-misses in graded stakes. He was beaten two lengths in the

Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga, 1 1/2 lengths in the Grade 1 Man o' War at Belmont, and one length in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap at Woodbine.

"In the Sword Dancer he was almost dropped entering the first turn,' said trainer Rick Violette, who also owns

40 percent of Man From Wicklow. "In the race in Canada, he was turned sideways at the break, was hemmed in along the fence by one horse, and was bumped turning for home. He might have been best that day.'

Man From Wicklow was beaten five lengths in last year's Red Smith when breaking from post 12. Saturday, he will break from post 5 under Javier Castellano and carry 118 pounds.

Trainer Randy Schulhofer will send out the uncoupled entry of Whitmore's Conn and Classic Par. Whitmore's Conn, who won the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap at this distance in July, also chased Grade 1 horses competitively in the Sword Dancer and Turf Classic Invitational. He finished second behind Quiet Ruler in the restricted Mohawk Handicap.

"A mile and an eighth is not his best distance and I gave [winner Quiet Ruler] 11 pounds," Schulhofer said. "My horse is much better at 1 3/8 miles.'

Saturday, Whitmore's Conn will give Quiet Ruler just three pounds.

Classic Par finished second in an allowance race when racing on the pace. Schulhofer would like to see him come from off the pace Saturday.

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