03/21/2010 11:00PM

Serpa handed 30-day riding ban


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Angel Serpa, the leading apprentice jockey at Aqueduct this winter, was slapped with a 30-day suspension by track stewards for "gross careless riding" in Saturday's .

Serpa, who on Sunday began serving a five-day suspension handed him by the Philadelphia Park stewards for careless riding, won't be eligible to ride again until April 25, closing day of the Aqueduct spring meet.

During the Aqueduct race in question, Serpa was aboard Wicked Climb who dueled outside of Freudian Storm, under Jose Espinoza, while both horses were well ahead of the field in a New York-bred $15,000 claiming race. Entering the far turn, Serpa allowed Wicked Climb to come in on Freudian Storm, forcing the horse and Espinoza into the rail. Espinoza lost his irons, was unable to ride his horse properly for the remainder of the race, and finished last. Though Wicked Climb drew off to win by 10 3/4 lengths, he was disqualified and placed last.

Gary Contessa, the trainer of Freudian Storm, said his horse was bleeding out of his nostrils and had a concussion.

"He's going to be out a while," Contessa said Monday of the 4-year-old gelding. "He didn't stop bleeding out of the nostrils until late [Sunday]. I've been training horses 30 years, I've never seen a true horse concussion, but he was shaking his head. After we finally walked him and got him cooled out, he started colicking. Today, he's better. He's still got a little blood trickling from the nose. He hit his head hard."

Contessa said Serpa told him and Espinoza that Freudian Storm didn't belong in there because there wasn't enough room.

Asked about the suspension, Contessa said, "The punishment fit the crime."

Through Sunday, Serpa was tied with Anna Napravnik for fourth leading rider at Aqueduct, with 36 winners from 215 mounts. Serpa's horses have earned $1,040,861 in purse earnings. Serpa has his apprentice status into July.

Eightyfiveinafifty on course for Bay Shore

Eightyfiveinafifty remains on course for a start in the $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes here April 3 following a strong six-furlong workout in 1:12.37 on Sunday. It was the colt's third workout since he bolted entering the first turn of the Whirlaway Stakes on Feb. 6, dumped his jockey Jorge Chavez, and ran around loose in the stable area for several minutes.

Contessa credited former jockey Nick Santagata with doing "a phenomenal job" on Eightyfiveinafifty during his last two workouts.

"He is hugging the turns and he is showing no signs of wanting to get out," Contessa said.

Contessa said that Eightyfiveinafifty popped a quarter crack about two weeks ago but that it has been patched and has had only a minimal effect on the colt's training.

"I am very satisfied with the position I'm in right now for the Bay Shore," Contessa said. "But ask me the day before the race. This horse has been a little destructive to himself. As promising as it looked in the very beginning, it's been one thing after another. I'm holding my breath. He's got to get through another work next Sunday. If I can get through that work, we're good to go."

Contessa said his backup to Eightyfiveinafifty would be Castaneda, who won the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes on March 6.

Liam's Dream will skip Comely

Trainer Tony Dutrow has a number of talented 3-year-old filly sprinters, which affords him the luxury of being able to be selective about placing them. Thus, Liam's Dream, winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Cicada Stakes, will not run back in the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct on April 10.

Instead, Dutrow plans to run She'll Be Doggone in the Comely, a one-turn mile race run over the main track.

Liam's Dream made it 3 for 4 in her career, overcoming a little trouble at the start to rally along the rail under Napravnik and win by a widening 1 1/2 lengths over Romantic Hideaway.

"I don't know how far the filly wants to go, but she proved she's a very effective six- to seven-furlong horse," Dutrow said. "I have an open mind to give her the opportunity to see how much farther she'll go than that, but I don't have a plan."

She'll Be Doggone, a daughter of Gone West, is 2 for 2, having won a maiden race last fall and, in her first start for Dutrow, a first-level allowance race on Feb. 19.

"She led us to believe she would run good that day," Dutrow said. "We are feeling well about sending her to the Comely."

Dutrow said Cuff Me, who ran disappointingly in two stakes in Florida, has returned to New York and will be pointed for a New York-bred race for her next start.

Final week of inner-track meet

Wednesday kicks off the final week of racing over the inner track. It is an abbreviated week as, by antiquated law, there is no racing on Palm Sunday.

The feature on Wednesday's card is billed as a first-level New York-bred allowance race/optional claimer, but all eight horses entered are in for the $25,000 tag. The race is carded at 1 1/4 miles.

Diamond District is the only member of the field to have won at 1 1/4 miles, having done so in a similar spot as this on Jan. 13. Since then, he has lost three straight and makes his first start for trainer David Adel, who claimed him last out for $14,000 in a one-mile race.

Endless Circle, who beat Diamond District that day, is back in this spot, making his first start off the David Jacobson claim.