04/23/2010 11:00PM

A pair of intriguing newcomers in featured sprint


Temore and Toque, both making their first starts for new connections at Finger Lakes after racing well on other circuits, look like the prime contenders in Monday's featured eighth race, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance for nonwinners-of-four lifetime.

Temore, a 5-year-old gelding now trained by Daniel Conway, has been first or second in three of his last four starts, all at Aqueduct. Most recently, he was second in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer restricted to New York-breds. The 80 Beyer Figure he earned matches the par for this level at Finger Lakes.

Toque, a 5-year-old gelding, was claimed for $25,000 out of a runner-up finish going a mile at Gulfstream Park on April 1. His new trainer, Charlton Baker, is 3 for 6 with out-of-town shippers making their first start off the claim at Finger Lakes.

Although Toque has been first or second in his last two outings, both of those races were at one mile. He hasn't won sprinting since defeating New York-bred maiden claimers at Belmont last May.