10/29/2010 2:35PM

Pletcher has 2-year-olds lined up for seven races on closing-day card


ELMONT, N.Y. – Taking a page from the playbook of other jurisdictions, the New York Racing Association on Sunday will treat its fans to an entire card of races for 2-year-olds, including four overnight stakes, on closing day at Belmont Park.

Any race that runs with eight or more betting interests will trigger a $10,000 purse increase. Seven of the nine races drew eight or more betting interests. Following Sunday’s card, racing on this circuit moves to Aqueduct beginning Friday.

Though trainer Todd Pletcher is in Kentucky preparing a bevy of horses for next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, his stable will be in action in seven of the nine races, including all four stakes.

In the $80,000 Good Mood for fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Pletcher will send out the uncoupled entry of Street Chimes and Excited in the 11-horse field. Street Chimes, a daughter of Street Cry, won an off-the turf maiden race at Saratoga before finishing third in the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine on Sept. 18. Pletcher had entered her in the Jessamine at Keeneland on Oct. 14, but the filly got excluded.

Street Chimes could play out as the primary speed in the Good Mood under David Cohen.

Excited, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway, won her debut going 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga and came back to finish fourth behind Winter Memories in the Miss Grillo Stakes here on Oct. 3. Though beaten 5 3/4 lengths for the win, Excited was beaten only one-half length for second.

The Good Mood will be the second start for Ruthenia, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Rutherienne who won her debut by 3 1/2 lengths at 20-1.

Other contenders include Pinch Pie, Thunder Jewel, and Upper East Sider.

Pletcher will send out the uncoupled entry of Valiant Passion and Sky Hosoya in the $70,000 Sweet Patootie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs on dirt. Sky Hosoya has not been out since finishing last in the Grade 1 Spinaway, where she set extremely fast fractions before tiring. Valiant Passion, a good-looking debut winner at Saratoga, finished third in the Spinaway and fourth in the Frizette, both Grade 1 races.

“We thought we had a legitimate excuse in the Spinaway, she had an altered training schedule,” Pletcher said of Valiant Passion. “We couldn’t make a legitimate excuse for her in the Frizette so we figured we’d cut her back in distance.”

The horse to beat in the Sweet Patootie is Promise Me a Cat, who ran one of the fastest races by a juvenile filly this year when she won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 8 1/4 lengths here on Sept. 26. She earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Carlos Martin scratched her from the Frizette on Oct. 9, not wanting to run her back so close to a big race.

“In the end, it was ‘Let’s treat her like a nice filly and develop her,’ ” said Martin, who trains Promise Me a Cat for Blue Devil Racing Stable. “If we ran her back so quick off such a big race, you don’t know how much damage you could do to her career. If she runs back to that maiden race, she should be awful salty.”

◗ In the $80,000 Gnome’s Gold, for juvenile males on turf, Rustler Hustler makes his first since winning the Continental Mile at Monmouth in August. He was purchased privately by Paul Pompa Jr. off that race and turned over to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. The colt’s three most recent breezes have all been strong, including a bullet five-furlong move in 59.20 seconds Monday on dirt at Aqueduct.

“He’s a runner and he’s doing good right now,” Dutrow said. “If he was nominated to the Breeders’ Cup, Paulie would have run in the Breeders’ Cup. It’s too much money to put up. We got a future with him as long as he stays the way he is.”

Pletcher will send out Congo, a son of Johannesburg out of the mare Plenty, who won four races on turf, two at Belmont. Congo went 1 for 3 on dirt and is making his turf debut in this spot.

I Love It, who won a maiden turf race at Monmouth two weeks ago, ships in from New Jersey for Kelly Breen.

◗ Breen looks live in the $70,000 Grey Planet Stakes with Brother in Arms, who had the misfortune of running into Uncle Mo in the Grade 1 Champagne. He finished last that day. Now in against a softer group, he figures to be tough.

Poseidon’s Warrior, who won the NATC Futurity at Monmouth by seven lengths on Sept. 26, would be making his third start five weeks if he runs in this spot.