Updated on 09/16/2011 7:48AM

Peeping Tom goes slumming


JAMAICA, N.Y. - For the first time in nearly 13 months, Peeping Tom won't be running in a stakes when he is led over to the races on Sunday at Aqueduct.

Peeping Tom, whose rags-to-riches story made the headlines last year, is without a win in seven stakes since capturing the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in May. Still, who can knock the 5-year-old gelding, who was claimed for $40,000 by Flatbird Stable in his second start in March 2000? Since the claim, Peeping Tom has won $759,833.

Trainer Pat Reynolds is hoping Sunday's $52,000 classified allowance race, which drew 10 older males, will serve as a confidence builder for Peeping Tom. If the trainer is pleased with the results of the six-furlong race, Reynolds said he hasn't ruled out running Peeping Tom back eight days later in the $200,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 18. Last year, in perhaps his best career performance, Peeping Tom won the Grade 2 General George by 3 1/2 lengths over Delaware Township.

"The horses who will be running in the General George are at their peak right now and like it or not, Peeping Tom's past performances show he has lost a step," Reynolds said. "An easy race would be just what the doctor ordered. Let's see what happens Sunday, but I would say the General George is a definite maybe."

Six furlongs hasn't always been Peeping Tom's best game, but when he was at his peak last winter he was a handy winner of an allowance race over the inner track at the distance.

Richard Migliore, who rode Peeping Tom to a fourth-place finish in the Paumonok on Jan. 26, has the return mount. Peeping Tom, who drew post 8, will be coming from off the pace.

The principal speed here is Run Kush Run, who set the pace for five furlongs in the six-furlong Paumonok before finishing third,

1 1/2 lengths in front of Peeping Tom.

Go Rail Go and Michael's Pride also have some early zip, which could help Peeping Tom if a speed duel develops and the front-runners cave in.

Wrangler staying home for Toboggan

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Paumonok winner Wrangler, who is a nominee to the General George, would not make the trip to Maryland. Instead, Wrangler will be pointed to the $100,000-added Toboggan Handicap over Aqueduct's main track on March 16.

Jerkens said Wrangler, who is 2 for 2 since coming into his barn late in 2001, can be quirky and that he prefers to keep the 4-year-old colt he trains for Frank Stronach closer to home.

"I'm a little leery about shipping him and sending him to the gate with a different gate crew," Jerkens said.

Jerkens, however, will be represented in the General George with Voodoo, a 4-year-old owned by John and Susan Moore.

Voodoo hasn't run since finishing third in the Fall Highweight last November, but the gelding has already proven he is quite capable of running a big race off the bench. Last fall, on the heels of a five-month layoff, Voodoo beat Wrangler in an allowance race.

"Voodoo ran a big, big race last September when he was fresh and beat a good field even if it was only a nonwinners-of-two," Jerkens said. "He ran 1:09 3/5 on a day when the track was not that fast. Then again, [the General George] is seventh-eighths, but he has shown he can really run when he's fresh."

Well Fancied spotted in Hollie Hughes

Well Fancied, recently purchased by Sanford Goldfarb, the leading owner on the New York Racing Association circuit last year, will make his first start for his new connections in next Sunday's $75,000-added Hollie Hughes Handicap.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. sent out Well Fancied for a five-furlong work in 1:02.51, breezing, at Aqueduct on Friday.

Well Fancied was an easy winner of an open allowance on Dec. 27 for owner Seymour Cohn and trainer John Hertler before being sold to Goldfarb. Last fall, Well Fancied ran a big race at a big price to finish a narrowly beaten third in the restricted Hudson Handicap.

Hertler will have the opportunity to beat his old runner when he saddles Kashatreya and Vodka in the restricted Hollie Hughes.

Kashatreya won the Hollie Hughes in 1999 and 2000 and was second last year.

* Jerkens said Dat You Miz Blue came out of her seventh-place finish as the favorite in last Saturday's Correction in good order. Jerkens said he couldn't pinpoint a reason for the poor performance and would keep the 6-year-old mare in training for a yet-to-be determined start.