Updated on 09/15/2011 2:36PM

Peeping Tom tries to snap slump


JAMAICA, N.Y. - When Peeping Tom runs in Saturday's $100,000-added Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct he will be looking to snap a five-race losing streak that dates back to May.

*, plucked out of the claim box by Flatbird Stable for $40,000 in March 2000, proved to be an exceptional claim when he won the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in May. The Carter was preceded by three consecutive wins during the winter, including scores in the Toboggan and Grade 2 General George.

Peeping Tom, a 4-year-old gelding, followed his Carter win with a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile and a fifth in the Grade 2 Tom Fool. But after returning from a three-month freshening in October, Peeping Tom didn't fire like he had earlier in the year and lost three consecutive starts, including the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, where he finished ninth at 73-1, and the Cigar Mile, where he was sixth.

Reynolds said the losses were disappointing but the gelding, who has $744,660 in career earnings, owes his connections nothing.

"Let's not forget this is a horse we got out of the claim box," Reynolds said outside his Belmont Park barn Wednesday morning. "I'm grateful for everything he has done, but all horses hit the ceiling sooner or later. He held his form a pretty long time. Hey, getting beat seven lengths in the Breeders' Cup and finishing sixth in the Cigar Mile is no reason to hang our heads."

Reynolds said the Grade 3 Gravesend, where Peeping Tom will carry 120 as the co-highweight with Say Florida Sandy, is a good spot for his horse to regain his old form.

"He's dropping back; these horses are a notch slower than he has been facing," Reynolds said. "We're hoping he gets his legs back under him and would like to see a good effort."

Shaun Bridgmohan, who accepted another mount in the Cigar Mile, will be reunited with Peeping Tom in the six-furlong Gravesend.

Peeping Tom worked an easy half-mile in 51.93 seconds, breezing, over Belmont Park's training track on Tuesday.

Gallant Fox next for Tempest Fugit

Tempest Fugit, who worked a bullet five furlongs in 58.59 seconds, handily, Wednesday at Belmont, is headed to the $100,000-added Gallant Fox Handicap on Dec. 29, according to trainer Carlos Martin.

Tempest Fugit controlled the pace and won a third-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles by two lengths over the odds-on favorite, Free for Love, here on Nov. 30. It was Tempest Fugit's second consecutive win.

Martin said he believes the Gallant Fox's distance of 1 5/8 miles will suit Tempest Fugit because marathons are often won by horses with a fair amount of early speed, not by plodders.

"I think he has the right pedigree and the pace could work out for him," Martin said. "He'll be right there early and hopefully he can carry his speed and sprint home. He has that kind of burst."

Few willing to face White Ibis

White Ibis, a winner of his last three starts in restricted stakes, will be a short-priced favorite in Sunday's $75,000-added Damon Runyon.

It looks like the presence of White Ibis will keep the Damon Runyon field on the small side. As of Wednesday, the only other 2-year-old New York-breds pointing to the 1 1/16-mile Damon Runyon are Eye of the Comet, Netcong, No Parole, and Papua.


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