04/13/2009 11:00PM

Successful Sarah speedy threat from rail


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer John Terranova hopes Successful Sarah can use her speed and the rail post position to her advantage when she heads a field of seven entered in Wednesday's $65,000 Illiterate Stakes at Aqueduct.

Successful Sarah has a win from three starts since being purchased privately by IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holding Group last December. The win came in a starter handicap in which Successful Sarah led from start to finish under Eddie Castro.

Her connections used that race as a prep for the Grade 3 Next Move. Successful Sarah gained the front early, but was soon collared and passed by Weathered, who was winning her second consecutive stakes of the inner track meet. Successful Sarah finished third, beaten 6 1/4 lengths.

"That was a bit of a step up in class, and it may have been a little too far against that company, but she hung in there and did really well,'' Terranova said.

Terranova said Successful Sarah came out of that race "so good," which is why he has elected to run her back in just 18 days. Castro rides back.

Say Toba Sandy has gone 3 for 3 since being claimed by trainer David Duggan. A New York-bred daughter of Say Florida Sandy, Say Toba Sandy has beaten open company allowance rivals in her last two starts and shows a win at a mile over Aqueduct's main track last fall. For good measure, that win was in the slop. There is rain forecast for Wednesday.

As the winner of the 2007 Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies, Say Toba Sandy wasn't eligible for this race under the original conditions. But when racing secretary P.J. Campo changed the conditions to read "nonwinners of an open sweepstakes in 2008-09," that enabled Say Toba Sandy to run.

My Dinah won a first-level allowance race against open company going a mile over the inner track on March 27. She is a two-time winner over Aqueduct's main track and has twice won mile races around one turn.

Completing the field are Beam of Love, second to the promising Indian Way last out; Wriggle, a shipper from Oaklawn Park; You Asked, who wintered in south Florida; and Rap Tale.