02/07/2011 5:03PM

Rodman, Rereadthefootnotes nearing returns for Hushion

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Rodman, who last raced in the Grade 3 Queens County in December 2009, is nearing a return to the races for trainer Mike Hushion.

That Mike Hushion had Common Currency ready to win a New York-bred maiden race Saturday off a seven-month layoff was a good sign for the trainer. In the coming weeks, Hushion will try to bring back two stakes winners off even longer absences.

Rodman, who has not been out since winning the Grade 3 Queens County in December 2009, worked five furlongs in 59.88 seconds Monday morning over Belmont Park’s main track, his most serious move since returning to the work tab in early December. Rodman had been plagued by foot problems and a case of colic. Monday’s move, with jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard, went in fractions of 12.62, 24.51, and 35.83, meaning he got his last quarter in 24.05 over a wet-fast training track. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.37.

“We needed to empty him out a little bit, we’re coming back off a long layoff,” Hushion said. “He was getting tired at the wire.”

Hushion said he will soon start trying to find a race for Rodman, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Malibu Moon owned by Barry Schwartz.

Hushion also will attempt to bring the New York-bred sprinter Rereadthefootnotes back off a year layoff when he starts in the $65,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes on Feb. 21. Rereadthefootnotes has not been out since winning last year’s Hollie Hughes.

On Monday, Rereadthefootnotes worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 under jockey Channing Hill.

Meanwhile, Common Currency earned a 68 Beyer Speed Figure for his maiden win Saturday in which he slipped through an opening along the rail under Hill to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Hushion said Common Currency was just about ready to run at Saratoga last summer but got kicked by another horse and needed time off.

Common Currency and Rereadthefootnotes are both owned by West Point Thoroughbreds.

Dr. Disco eyes New York-bred stakes

Dr. Disco, a New York-bred son of the very fast sprinter Disco Rico is likely headed to a statebred sprint stakes for 3-year-olds, trainer Bruce Brown said Monday.

Dr. Disco has recorded back-to-back Beyers of 84 in blow-out wins in a maiden race and a first-level allowance, both over the inner track. On Monday, he worked four furlongs in 52 seconds over Belmont’s training track, his first breeze since his Jan. 22 allowance victory.

“He just loves to train, he loves to run, it’s hard to give him too much time off,” Brown said. “The long-term goal with him is the Bay Shore.”

The Bay Shore is a Grade 3 sprint at seven furlongs to be run April 9.

◗ Super Espresso earned an 87 Beyer winning Sunday’s $60,000 Sky Beauty Stakes by a head over Diva’s Gold. It was Super Espresso’s third consecutive victory, her first in a stakes race.

Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, indicated Monday that Super Espresso would likely look for a similar spot as the Sky Beauty next month. The barn already is pointing Dance Quietly to the $65,000 Rare Treat Stakes on Feb. 20.