03/26/2009 11:00PM

Surface not a big issue for Uncle T Seven


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The seemingly endless winter grind that is Aqueduct's inner-track season actually does have a conclusion. After 75 cards and 679 races, racing will move to the main track on Wednesday for a brief 18-day stand.

Sunday's inner-track finale is highlighted by two divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds, both run at six furlongs. In the $100,000 Times Square Division, for colts and geldings, the multiple stakes-placed Uncle T Seven returns from a six-month layoff to face five rivals. In the $100,000 Park Avenue Division, for fillies, the stakes winner Mother Russia returns from a four-month break against six opponents.

Rain is in the forecast for Sunday, so conditions could be sloppy.

John Morrison, the trainer of Uncle T Seven, doesn't believe surface is an issue for his horse. He is more concerned about six furlongs being too short for his son of Freud, who was beaten a nose in the Continental Mile at Monmouth Park last summer.

"I know he won going 5 1/2 [furlongs], but I'm not sure going short is going to be his thing," Morrison said. "We have to get started at some point; a $100,000 stake in a small field is kind of hard to pass up."

Uncle T Seven has not run since finishing third in the Bertram F. Bongard at Belmont last Sept. 21. Morrison said the horse was going through a growth spurt.

"He's a much stronger, much better individual this year than he was last year," Morrison said.

Ramon Dominguez rides from post 3.

Empty Wallet, based at Penn National, steps up off a maiden win over the inner track on March 5, a race that produced three next-out winners. For the third straight race, Empty Wallet breaks from the outside post, but this time it will only be post 6 and not 10 as was the case his first two career starts.

"I like his position," trainer Bruce Kravets said. "It's a great draw for him. He's got some things going for him. There are some horses that can run, but this horse can run a little bit too. He's not overmatched."

Mike Luzzi takes over for Channing Hill, who has moved his tack to California.

In the Park Avenue, Mother Russia makes her first start since finishing second in the Fifth Avenue Division of the Stallion Stakes last Nov. 9. Trainer Linda Rice said Mother Russia - who won the Lady Finger Stakes last Sept. 1 - had a bruised right front foot coming out of the Fifth Avenue and was turned out for 90 days.

"She wasn't at her best; she needed the 90 days," Rice said. "She's come back and trained really well. Of course, the trainer always wants one more good work, but it is what it is."

Dominguez rides Mother Russia from post 2.

Won Token, a full sister to the multiple stakes winner Gold and Roses, is a maiden, but faces restricted company for the first time after competing in two open-company maiden races at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Barclay Tagg adds blinkers and has summoned Eibar Coa to ride.