04/05/2011 5:19PM

Kensei seeks Grade 1 in Carter at Aqueduct

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Kensei, winning the 2009 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, is a contender in Saturday's Carter Handicap.

Kensei, who owns graded stakes at Belmont and Saratoga, will try to complete a trifecta of sorts when he runs in the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stable and Jerry Bailey and Lance Robinson’s Gulf Coast Farms, Kensei comes off a second-place finish to Misremembered in the Santana Mile at Santa Anita on March 6.

“I was very pleased with it,’’ trainer Steve Asmussen said. “The race was pretty quick early, it wasn’t a smooth trip early for him, but he put in a good run, got a lot out of it and has worked incredible since.’’

Among the top horses expected for the Carter are Apriority, Morning Line, and Calibrachoa.

Chatters has sights on New York

Trainer Bernard Chatters, who has plied his trade mostly in Louisiana, is planning to have 25 horses stabled in New York when the Belmont Park meet opens later this month.

Chatters is getting a jump-start on his New York experience this weekend when he runs two horses in graded stakes on Saturday’s card.

Chatters will run the undefeated Smoke it Right in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters and Mysterious Chimes in the Grade 3, $150,000 Comely Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. These will represent Chatters’s first two starters in New York.

Smoke It Right, a son of Smoke Glacken, is 4 for 4, including victories in the Lafayette Stakes last year at Evangeline Downs and a 1 1/4-length score in the Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn on March 5. In his last two starts, Smoke It Right wore a bar shoe on his left hind foot to protect a quarter crack.

“We have a regular shoe back on him now,’’ Chatters said. “Hopefully, the quarter crack is behind us, he’ll come on and go straight down the track and move on to the next stop.’’

Chatters is also part owner of Smoke It Right along with Rand Metoyer.

Chatters also trains for Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman, best known as the owners of 2010 3-year-old champion Summer Bird. The Jayaramans own Mysterious Chimes, a daughter of Aldebaran who has won once from three starts, all which came within a 23-day period at Oaklawn.

“We ran closer than I generally ever run horses because she comes out of her races so good,’’ Chatters said. “In the last race, she just missed and had some trouble in the paddock and actually kicked the assistant starter. They had to come back to the paddock and re-saddle and she was all worked up. I really like her chances going this mile.’’

Chatters said he will leave these two horses in New York and will ship in to Belmont a mix of horses currently stabled at Oaklawn and Evangeline Downs.

“I’ve been training for 11 years on my own,’’ said Chatter, who added that New York racing officials “have been the most receptive to helping with the number of stalls that I needed. They made it very easy for me and this is a good time to be in New York.’’

Sellitto to take Prado

Mike Sellitto, who has served as an agent for jockey Kent Desormeaux the last few years, will also begin booking mounts for Edgar Prado beginning immediately.

Desormeaux will be riding at the Keeneland meet that begins Friday while Prado will begin riding in New York on Friday. Prado was represented by Bob Frieze during the Gulfstream Park meeting.

Beginning with the opening of the Belmont meet, April 29, agents in New York can represent two journeyman. Sellitto said it is not yet certain whether Desormeaux will return to New York following the Keeneland meet or stay in Kentucky to ride at Churchill.

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