12/10/2010 5:16PM

Risk a Chance earns shot at stakes in Florida



John Kimmel has always been high on the New York-bred filly Risk a Chance. After losing her first two starts, Risk a Chance finally displayed the talent Kimmel thought she had when she won a maiden race by 10 lengths over the inner track.

The win earned her a trip to south Florida, where she is likely to compete in the 3-year-old filly stakes program at Gulfstream Park.

“I think further is obviously going to be better,” Kimmel said Friday from Florida. “She doesn’t like the dirt hitting her in the face.”

Risk a Chance was bet to even money in her debut at Saratoga, but finished fourth. Kimmel said Risk a Chance entrapped her epiglottis in that race and underwent throat surgery. She returned to the races on Oct. 3, finishing eighth of 11, apparently sensitive to dirt hitting her in the face.

Thursday, jockey Alex Solis kept Risk a Chance in the three- to four-path early before striking the front at the quarter pole and drawing clear in the stretch. She ran a mile in 1:39.43 and earned modest Beyer speed Figure of 67.

“I knew the pace scenario would be more reasonable and he kept her wide to keep her out of the kick back,” Kimmel said. “We’ll keep her long. If she didn’t run any good I was going to put her on the grass. I can fool around with that idea down here and see how she handles it.”

Kimmel said he is only planning to leave a handful of horses in New York, one of them being Footcandles, who won a second-level allowance over the main track on Nov. 28. Kimmel said he would try to run Footcandles back in either a third-level allowance or possibly the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap next Saturday.

Kimmel said Friend or Foe, winner of the Empire Classic who finished fifth in the Cigar Mile, is getting some time off on a farm in Ocala, Fla. Kimmel said Friend or Foe probably won’t run until he returns to New York in the spring.

Wall Street Wonder retired

Wall Street Wonder, who went 3 for 3 over the inner track last winter, including stakes victories in the Paumonok and Toboggan, has been retired from racing, according to trainer John Terranova.

After looking like he could be a factor in the sprint division, Wall Street Wonder was soundly beaten in his last four starts, including a well-beaten seventh-place finish in the Fall Highweight on Thanksgiving.

“He hadn’t really come back to his old self that we saw last winter,” Terranova said. “He’s a sound horse and we’d rather see him retire sound and [owner] John Connelly feels the same way.”

Terranova said no stud arrangements have been made for Wall Street Wonder, who retires with 4 wins from 17 starts and earnings of $226,991.