02/02/2011 3:19PM

Rescind the Trade back for the cold, Whirlaway at Aqueduct

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Rick Violette has shipped Rescind the Trade back to New York for his stakes debut in Saturday's Whirlaway at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rick Violette understands why some may question his sanity wanting to travel from south Florida to New York at this time of year. Heck, even he’s doing it.

“Obviously, I have no brain cells if I’m trying to come up there,” Violette, whose Wednesday JetBlue flight from Florida to New York was canceled, said by phone from the Palm Meadows training center.

What Violette hopes he has in Rescind the Trade is a 3-year-old worthy of consideration for a trip down the Triple Crown trail. After winning his first two starts, Rescind the Trade will make his stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. Rescind the Trade, a son of Put it Back, drew post 3 in a field of seven and will be ridden by Alan Garcia in the 1 1/16-mile race over the inner track.

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After winning a maiden sprint race at Parx Racing on Oct. 31 and a two-turn first-level allowance at Aqueduct on Dec. 19, Rescind the Trade joined Violette’s “A” team in south Florida. But after a few workouts, it became evident that Rescind the Trade didn’t transition well from the cold Northeast to the warm South.

“His first couple of breezes, he definitely showed some effect from the heat,” Violette said. “It took him forever to cool out. Even his last breeze, it was an improvement but it wasn’t even that warm yet and he was just showing some effects.”

Violette said based on those works he opted against running Rescind the Trade in last weekend’s Holy Bull, which was his original plan.

“I was afraid to make a mistake,” Violette said. “Even though he was improving, if we ran him in the Holy Bull if it ended up being a hot day and he ran his eyeballs out, we could not only blow the spring but blow the summer.”

Violette shipped Rescind the Trade back to New York in time for the colt to put in a half-mile workout in 49 seconds on Sunday morning over the inner track. Rescind the Trade walked Monday and could not go to the track Tuesday or Wednesday because it was closed for training due to inclement weather. He was able to go to a jogging barn Tuesday.

“Everybody’s in the same boat,” Violette said. “It’s not ideal. [Weather] was one of the reasons we originally took him out of there. If he comes up a little short, he comes up a little short. He’s a pretty nice horse, at least he has a two-turn race under his belt. We’ll lead him over there and see what we have.”

Violette mulls plans for The Fed Eased

How Rescind the Trade fares in the Whirlaway could dictate what Violette does with The Fed Eased, a 3-year-old son of Montbrook who in his second career start won a six-furlong maiden race by 7 1/4 lengths last Saturday at Aqueduct.

The Fed Eased, who stumbled at the start and ducked in perhaps a step at the eighth pole, ran six furlongs in 1:10.74 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 77. In his first race, he finished second to Crossbow who last Saturday came back to win a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream.

“Terrific race. I’m sure the bridge-jumpers were worried if he was going to go over the inside fence at the eighth pole,” said Violette, referring to The Fed Eased’s victory. “I’m not sure if he saw a crane from the [casino] construction, but he made 1-5 look a little eventful. He flattered Crossbow, and Crossbow flattered him.”

While Violette is somewhat skeptical of The Fed Eased’s ability to go 1 1/4 miles, he said he would try the horse around two turns for his next start. The Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track on March 5 could be a spot for either Rescind the Trade or The Fed Eased.

“He’s a big, kind of angular moving horse, I think two turns at level will be good for him,” Violette said. “I’m not sure he gets a mile and a quarter, but he’s a nice horse.”

Terranova eyes Friday co-features

Trainer John Terranova was flirting with the idea of running recent maiden winner Cat Sweep in Saturday’s Whirlaway but found a better spot Friday in a first-level allowance race that is the co-feature on a nine-race program.

In his first start on dirt, Cat Sweep won a maiden race over the inner track by four lengths, controlling the pace throughout and drawing clear with only mild hand-urging from Junior Alvarado. Terranova said he much preferred the allowance race than jumping right into a stakes race.

“I definitely want to take the right steps with him,” said Terranova, who tried Cat Sweep once on turf and twice on synthetic since acquiring the horse last fall. “He’s trained fantastic since he broke his maiden, that being his first start on dirt. He’s training like a horse that is going forward.”

Cat Sweep is a son of Bluegrass Cat out of the Grade 1-winning dam Nany’s Sweep. He will meet five opponents, including the three-time winner Bravo Romeo, who stretched out around two turns for the first time and is the only horse entered for the optional claiming tag of $75,000.

Later on the card, Terranova brings the 4-year-old I’ve Got the Fever back off an 11-month layoff in a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles. I’ve Got the Fever was a front-running maiden winner over the inner track on Feb. 20 but went right into the Grade 3 Gotham, where he was beaten 15 3/4 lengths by Awesome Act.

“Even though he’s coming off a layoff, I’ve had him breezing consistently for quite a while,” Terranova said. “I know it’s a mile and an eighth first time back, but I think he’ll enjoy it. I got him pretty tight.”

A field of seven was entered, but Violette said he plans on scratching Deflationary Fears. Three of the horses are New York-breds who are facing open company for the first time or the first time in a long time. That includes the multiple stakes winner Wishful Tomcat, Raffinator, and J.L. Bernstein.