12/29/2007 12:00AM

Oprah Winney gets a rematch in Interborough

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Oprah Winney and Control System are scheduled to continue their budding rivalry in the filly and mare sprint division when they meet in Tuesday's $75,000 Interborough Handicap at Aqueduct.

A field of five was entered for the Interborough, the featured event on a nine-race New Year's Day card at Aqueduct. All paying patrons will receive a 2008 NYRA calendar while supplies last.

As of early Saturday evening, the New York Racing Association had not determined for certain whether it would be able to continue racing at Aqueduct after its franchise was to expire Dec. 31. Aqueduct was scheduled to be dark Wednesday.

Oprah Winney won the Interborough last year en route to her victory in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park in February. The connections of both Oprah Winney and Control System are likely using this as a prep to the $300,000 Fritchie, which is scheduled to be run Feb. 16 at Laurel.

Control System defeated Oprah Winney in the Garland of Roses Handicap, run over Aqueduct's inner track on Dec. 1. In that race, Oprah Winney broke from the rail and found herself in tight quarters and in fifth position down the backside. Jockey Alan Garcia eventually got her to the outside in the stretch, but her late rally fell short by 4o1/4 lengths to Control System, who had a perfect outside stalking trip.

"She got a terrible ride," said Richard Dutrow Jr., the trainer of Oprah Winney. "The filly broke good, then he took her back. He must have thought he was riding Ruffian."

In Tuesday's Interborough, Oprah Winney will break from the outside post under new rider Ramon Dominguez.

Control System, meanwhile, will break from the rail under Julien Pimentel. Control System is 2 for 2 over the inner track, having taken the Cicada when breaking from the rail in March as well as the Garland of Roses. Control System's performance in the Garland of Roses really impressed her trainer, Michael Trombetta.

"I thought it was really a powerful race," Trombetta said. "She earned a big number and she's really rounded into form."

Overall, Control System has won 4 of 6 starts.

Breaking from the rail, Control System is likely going to have to show speed. She could encounter company on the front end from Tamberino, a New York-bred daughter of Freud who has won her last two starts in front-running fashion for trainer Tom Bush. Tamberino has won her last two starts over the inner track and at 114 pounds is in receipt of eight pounds from Oprah Winney and four from Control System.