11/09/2016 11:40AM

Phlash Phelps targets Aqueduct's Artie Schiller

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Phlash Phelps will make his next start in the one-mile Artie Schiller on Nov. 19.

Phlash Phelps’s impressive repeat victory in the Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park on Oct. 22 has earned him a trip to New York, according to his trainer, Rodney Jenkins.

Phlash Phelps came into the Maryland Million Turf off troubled trips in his prior two starts, the Grade 2 Commonwealth Turf Cup and the Find Stakes for statebreds at Laurel. Jockey Victor Carrasco took no chances in the Maryland Million Turf, giving up ground while four wide on both turns of the one-mile race.

Phlash Phelps was up to take the lead in midstretch and won comfortably by 1 1/4 lengths while getting his final furlong in 11.90 seconds en route to a final clocking of 1:34.57. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

Phlash Phelps, a 5-year-old gelded son of the Maryland stallion Great Notion, has now earned $324,000. He is 6 for 15 in his career and 6 for 9 over the last two seasons.

“He came out of the race beautiful,” Jenkins said. “I’ve nominated him to the Artie Schiller at Aqueduct on the 19th. I’m going to work him Saturday, and if all goes well we’re going to give it a try.”

The $150,000 Artie Schiller is a mile turf race.

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“I think it’s his favorite distance,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, 72, doesn’t send many horses to New York, but Phlash Phelps should fit pretty well in the Artie Schiller. He will be the first starter at Aqueduct or Belmont for Jenkins since 2012. Jenkins won the 2010 Sleepy Hollow at Belmont with Bandbox.

“It should be fun,” Jenkins said.

Because the Artie Schiller is the same day as the De Francis Dash at Laurel, Jenkins will have to find a new rider. Victor Carrasco has ridden Phlash Phelps in his last 10 starts, but he’ll be staying at Laurel.

Jenkins is a member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and was the winningest rider in the sports history when he retired with more than 70 Grand Prix victories. Since turning to training in 1991, he has won 862 races and has a 20 percent win average.

Phlash Phelps is owned by Ellen Charles, who races as Hillwood Stable. Charles also owns Top of Mind, who has won three of his last four starts, all for Jenkins.

A gelded son of Curlin, Top of Mind came out of a second-place finish in the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup to win a third-level optional-claiming race at Laurel on Oct. 29.

“He came out of his race perfect, but I’m going to give him the winter off,” Jenkins said. “He’s 4 and improving. We’ll give him some time and then start him back up in the spring.”

Carrow rides first winner

Jockey Anna Carrow won for the first time as a professional last Friday at Laurel Park.

Carrow, 23, rode six races as an amateur in 2014 and 2015, winning twice last year, once at Delaware Park and once at Parx Racing. Her Friday victory came for trainer Anthony Aguirre aboard First to Fire in a maiden-claiming race.

Carrow has now ridden 13 mounts as an apprentice.

Carrow is the second female rider to recently ride her first winner at Laurel. On Oct. 29, Sarah Shaffer scored her first win aboard Strayana in a maiden-claiming race for trainer Reid Nagle. Like Carrow, Shaffer won two races as an amateur.

After winning at Laurel last Friday and Saturday, Shaffer now has three wins.

Both Carrow and Shaffer are 10-pound apprentices.

◗ There is a Rainbow 6 carryover of $10,181 at Laurel on Friday.