06/28/2010 11:00PM

Old-timers clash in turf dash


ELMONT, N.Y. - It's Old-timer's Day of sorts at Belmont Park on Wednesday, as seven of the 86 horses entered on the nine-race program are 7 years old or older. Two of those veterans, the 8-year-old I've Got Speed and the 7-year-old Moon Ala Mode, square off in the featured $52,000 six-furlong allowance/optional claiming sprint on the turf.

A field of 11 was entered for the race, which includes 7-year-olds Tahoe Warrior - part of a coupled entry with I've Got Speed - and Kingsdale Ocean.

I've Got Speed was claimed at Delaware Park for $25,000 by Michael Dubb and trainer Tony Dutrow on July 4, 2007. The gelded son of Suave Prospect has 5 wins from 12 starts since then and has earned more than $150,000. He is 7 of 11 in turf sprints, with five of those wins coming at Belmont Park.

Dutrow said I've Got Speed, who is in for the $35,000 claiming price, has a history of suspensory issues that in 2008 limited him to one start. He went 4 for 7 in 2009 and returned from a nine-month layoff May 6 to win a $35,000 claimer by one length.

"I was a caught a little off guard," Dutrow said, referring to how well I've Got Speed ran in that May 6 race. "I was really, really happy with him and real impressed with him. I'm hopeful that he runs well for us again."

Ramon Dominguez, who has won the last five times he's ridden I've Got Speed, is back aboard Wednesday.

I've Got Speed usually comes with a late run and has found a field that appears to have plenty of speed, including stablemate Tahoe Warrior, who makes his first start after Dubb and trainer Rudy Rodriguez claimed him for $20,000 here June 2. Rodriguez, batting a gaudy 14 for 36 at the meet, is 5 for 8 first off the claim.

Another trainer enjoying a banner meet is Carl Domino, who is 8 for 28 and sends out Moon Ala Mode for the third time in a turf sprint. In his first start of the year, which came off a seven-month layoff, Moon Ala Mode was a bit rank and finished third in a swiftly run race (1:07.94). Three weeks later, he came back to win a seven-furlong starter allowance by a head.

"With a little speed in the race, hopefully he'll be able to get behind some horses," said Domino, who has Edgar Prado to replace Dominguez. "I think he's a nice little horse; he's got talent."