02/06/2008 12:00AM

Spectacular Malibu set for comeback


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A disappointing result with his promising 3-year-old Cave's Valley in last weekend's Whirlaway Stakes hasn't deterred trainer Michael Trombetta from coming back to Aqueduct.

Trombetta said he is pointing Spectacular Malibu to Saturday's $75,000 Correction Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs. The Correction would be Spectacular Malibu's first race since Dec. 30, 2006, when she was beaten a neck in the Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship at Laurel Park. Prior to that, she finished second in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct.

According to Trombetta, Spectacular Malibu suffered a strained ligament that kept her out of training for six months. Trombetta took his time bringing her back, but has been happy with the filly's recent training.

"I've been extremely pleased with the way she's breezed," Trombetta said. "If that race does have a small field, I'll give it a shot. I'm looking forward to it."

A small field is indeed shaping up for the Correction. Among those expected to run are Beau Dare, Karakorum Starlet, Rite Moment, and possibly Mulligatawny and either Charlotte's Di or Circuit Breaker for trainer Steve Klesaris.

Meanwhile, Trombetta said Cave's Valley came out of his seventh-place finish in the Whirlaway in good order. Trombetta said Cave's Valley was taken out of his game by breaking slowly and being further off the pace than he prefers.

Trombetta said if the colt trains well he would likely make his next start in the $70,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park on March 1.

Shopton Lane wires Ground Storm

Shopton Lane used his speed and rail post position to his advantage Wednesday, going gate to wire under Stewart Elliott to take the $64,750 Ground Storm Stakes by three-quarters of a length over stablemate Explosive Heat.

Kenta Kun, who got stuck in traffic in a four-horse field, finished third ahead of 3-5 favorite Stunt Man, who could not overcome a slow start and wide early trip.

Shopton Lane, a 4-year-old son of Quiet American, won for the fifth time in his last seven starts and seventh from 14 overall. He is trained by Bruce Levine for owner Maggi Moss. Shopton Lane covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.97 and returned $11.40. Levine won two races on the card.

In the $67,900 Dewars Rocks for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies, Dance Gal Dance went gate to wire under Rajiv Maragh to remain unbeaten from three starts. Dance Gal Dance, a daughter of Disco Rico trained by Tim Ritvo for owner Rosalie DiRico, won by 1 3/4 lengths and covered six furlongs in 1:11.67 while returning $5.70 as the favorite.

Expect the End finished second, 7 3/4 lengths ahead of Palmetto Bluffs. I Promise finished fourth.

Despite finishing fourth with short-priced horses in both overnight stakes, trainer Gary Contessa still won three races on the card. He now has a meet-leading 46 victories. Levine is second with 25.

Wafi City returns in allowance

Wafi City, second in the Grade 3 Gotham last March, returns from a nine-month layoff in a second-level allowance race at six furlongs that serves as Friday's nominal feature. Wafi City has not run since May 16 when he finished fifth of sixth to Sports Town in the restricted Ogygian Stakes at Belmont.

Wafi City drew the rail and will likely try to use his speed under Alan Garcia.

Among his chief rivals will be Whistlin', who comes out of a second-place finish to the undefeated Bustin' Stones in Thepromonroe overnight stakes here on Jan. 21.