02/28/2011 1:56PM

No set plans for Crossbow after Hutcheson scratch

Barbara D. Livingston
Crossbow scratched out of Saturday's Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes after drawing post 1.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – While drawing post 1 in the 1 1/8-mile Fountain of Youth was perfect for his Soldat, drawing the rail with Crossbow in the seven-furlong Hutcheson was not what trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was looking for. As a result, McLaughlin opted to scratch Crossbow from the Hutcheson and wait for another day.

“The race shape was just wrong for him,” McLaughlin said. “He’s never been behind horses, and the way they ran the Hutcheson, with the pace as fast as it was, I was really glad he was back at the barn eating his afternoon dinner when the race was run.”

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McLaughlin said he has nothing picked out for Crossbow at this time. He said the Gotham at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday in New York was a question mark but that the Timely Writer and a confrontation with Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo here March 12 was definitely not a consideration.

Sweet Ducky eyes Florida Derby

Trainer Kelly Breen said he’ll proceed full-steam ahead with Holy Bull runner-up Sweet Ducky for the Florida Derby. Sweet Ducky surprised even his trainer when breezing six furlongs in 1:13.40 at Palm Meadows on Sunday.

“He worked unbelievable,” Breen said. “I was looking for just a maintenance work, for him to go in around 1:18, but he just grabbed the bit and did it easily. He’s doing great.”

Breen said he has nothing definite in mind at the moment for Nacho Business, following his second-place finish behind the more-experienced Arch Traveler in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race here Saturday.

“He was a little tired this morning,” Breen said. “Naturally, I was upset we didn’t win, but I was pleased with his performance. He tried hard. At the moment, I’m contemplating several options. He’ll be nominated to all the big races, the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, Sunland Park, and the [Spiral] at Turfway Park. That one has a $500,000 purse. If we decide we’re going to push on him and try to get him to the Derby, he’ll have to go to a race where he can pick up some big graded money.”

Wilson rides first winner at meet

Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, who has spent time here this winter galloping horses for Todd Pletcher, won her first race of the meet Sunday when guiding D’awesome Cat to victory for trainer Scott Fairlie in the second race. Wilson suffered a lacerated liver in a spill at Woodbine in late August, which kept her out of the saddle for three months. D’Awesome Cat was only the second mount she had accepted at the meet.

Fairlie is the trainer of the Grade 1-placed Milwaukee Appeal who has not started since finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Milwaukee Appeal is stabled this winter at Palm Meadows, where she’s turned in five recorded works since Jan. 22.