Updated on 09/16/2011 7:01AM

No Cicada for sick Wilzada


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Wilzada, who trainer Tony Dutrow believes is the best 3-year-old filly in his barn, is sick and will miss Saturday's $100,000 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct.

"She came off the track coughing this morning, and we scoped her, and her airway was full of mucus," Dutrow said Wednesday from his Laurel Park barn. "It's too bad."

Dutrow said he is now targeting the Nassau County Stakes at Belmont Park on May 11 as Wilzada's next major objective, with perhaps an allowance prep before then. Dutrow hopes to use the Nassau County as a prep for the Grade 1 Acorn on June 7.

Dutrow, who has stakes-winning 3-year-old fillies Wild Zone, Touch Love, and Nice Boots Baby in his barn, has raved about Wilzada for months. Wilzada, a daughter of Meadowlake, is 2 for 2. She won her maiden over Aqueduct's inner track on Jan. 27 and came back to win a preliminary allowance race here by 3 1/2 lengths on Feb. 28. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 in each race.

As high as Dutrow is on Wilzada, he admits the filly "has got to prove what I think she is."

With Wilzada out of the Cicada, a field of six or seven 3-year-old fillies is shaping up for the Grade 3 race run at seven furlongs. Forest Heiress, a multiple graded-stakes winner, figures to go off the favorite. Others expected to run include Haunted Lass, Mrscoppolaskitchen, Proper Gamble, and Short Note. Possible starters include Alpine Pass, Two Times a Lady, and Vesta.

Short Note blew out three furlongs in 36.72 seconds over a sloppy Belmont training track Wednesday.

Affirmed Success eyes Carter

With several top sprinters sidelined and a couple more racing in Dubai this weekend, the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, on April 13, has becomes more attractive to trainer Richard Schosberg and his ageless wonder Affirmed Success.

Affirmed Success, an 8-year-old gelding, became the oldest horse to win the Toboggan Handicap, which was run for the 109th time last Saturday. Affirmed Success, a two-length winner of the Toboggan, returned to the track Wednesday morning and was "bucking and playing," according to Schosberg.

"If he stays on top of his game and holds his weight and is as good leading up to it as he was going into the Toboggan, I'd say it'd be a good possibility we'd take a stab at it," Schosberg said of the Carter. "It may be the right time."

Affirmed Success has twice run in the Carter, finishing second to Artax in 1999 and third to Brutally Frank in 2000. Should Affirmed Success win the Carter, he would become the oldest horse to win that race, surpassing He Did, who won it at age 7 in 1940.

Among those who figure not to make the Carter are Squirtle Squirt, Wrangler, Hook and Ladder, Xtra Heat, and Caller One. Squirtle Squirt is out until summer with a knee injury. Wrangler and Hook and Ladder are coming off dismal efforts, and Xtra Heat and Caller One are running in Saturday's Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Runspastum has edge on Friday

An expected strong pace and a return to the main track could give Runspastum an edge in a highly competitive allowance feature on Friday's card. A field of 10 was entered for the nine-furlong race, which could serve as a prep for the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap on April 6.

The race is similar to a Feb. 21 classified allowance race run at a mile over the inner track, a race in which Runspastum chased Jarf from the half-mile pole to the wire, but could not get past him. Jarf is back in on Friday but does not project to get an uncontested lead with Top Official, My Request, and Country Only in the field.

The last time Runspastum raced on the main track, he won a nine-furlong classified allowance race, beating a group similar to this.

John Little had a three-race winning streak snapped in that Feb. 21 race, but had a legitimate excuse. Stuck on the rail entering the first turn, John Little was steadied frequently around the clubhouse turn and was last for the opening half mile of the race. He was swung four wide turning for home and made a mild bid, but flattened out and lost by three lengths.

John Little must overcome the outside post. Shaun Bridgmohan replaces Jose Velez aboard him.

* Aqueduct will offer wagering on Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup. Post time for the World Cup is 12:40 p.m. Eastern. Mutuel windows open at noon.

* Aqueduct will be dark the next two Sundays in observance of Palm Sunday and Easter. Entries for March 27 will be taken on Saturday.