01/03/2002 12:00AM

Surprise! Affirmed Success shows up on the card


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Affirmed Success, a horse who isn't normally associated with winter racing in New York, showed up in Saturday's Aqueduct entries in a $56,000 classified allowance race.

*, a Grade 1 winner and top-class performer on dirt and turf at distances up to a mile, is one of seven older horses entered in the mile-and-70-yard race.

If Affirmed Success, an 8-year-old, runs well, there could be future inner track starts in his future, according to trainer Richard Schosberg.

Affirmed Success, a seven-furlong specialist, is a winner around two turns on the turf, but never on dirt. He has never raced over the inner track.

Schosberg had hoped to run Affirmed Success, who finished fifth in his last start, the Cigar Mile on Nov. 24, in a Laurel Park allowance race at seven furlongs, but the race failed to fill.

"He hasn't run this far [on the dirt] since he was 3 and ran in the Travers, but this will be a good test to see where we stand with him on the inner track," Schosberg said.

Schosberg said if Affirmed Success performs well, he might consider running the gelding back in the $100,000-added Aqueduct Handicap at 1 1/16 miles here Jan. 19. If not, there is the General George, a seven-furlong race at Laurel Park on Feb. 18. Affirmed Success won the 2000 General George.

"There's a lot of questions - he's giving weight, it's two turns on the dirt, and he's a year older," said Schosberg, who is mired in a slump and hasn't won a race in New York since Sept. 26. "Some of those questions will be answered Saturday."

Affirmed Success carries 123 pounds and will be ridden by Richard Migliore. He drew post 6.

Runspastum, Judge's Case, and Boston Party, the top three finishers in an allowance race at Aqueduct in November, also have been entered.

Judge's Case could be ready for a good effort after finishing second to Ground Storm, a nice-looking winner of a classified allowance race here on Dec. 16 who is being pointed to the Aqueduct Handicap.

Soul of the Tiger's career over

Soul of the Tiger would have been one of the favorites for Saturday's $75,000-added Count Fleet had he not suffered a career-ending injury on Dec. 29.

The colt was diagnosed with displaced condylar fracture after working over Belmont's training track.

Linda Rice, Soul of the Tiger's trainer, said the surgery he underwent at Dr. Scott Palmer's clinic in New Jersey saved his life, but his racing career is over.

The 3-year-old Soul of the Tiger was purchased by Bruce Lunsford for $100,000 at auction last year and won his only two starts: a maiden race at The Meadowlands by 7 1/4 lengths and an Aqueduct allowance race on Dec. 7.

* Sudden Impact, bought for $750,000 as a 2-year-old in 1996, spent the last couple of years as one of trainer D. Wayne Lukas's stable ponies. On Thursday, he emerged from retirement at age 8 to finish ninth and last in the second race, a $10,000 claimer. It was his first start since September 1999.

Owned and trained by Lukas, Sudden Impact has $107,105 in career earnings.

* Pentatonic, who won the Affectionately Handicap here last year, will leave for Kentucky on Friday to be bred to Aptitude, according to Schosberg, who trains her.

Pentatonic, a New York-bred who raced for Sheila Sherry, was retired after finishing fourth in the Montauk Stakes on Dec. 2. The 7-year-old mare heads to the breeding shed with $601,860 in earnings from a record of 9-5-5 from 29 starts.

* Roberto Villafan, a five-pound apprentice, won his first race in New York in Thursday's third race aboard Tricky Fox. Villafan was the seventh-leading rider at the Hawthorne meet, which concluded Tuesday.

* John Imbriale has taken over in the announcer's booth for Tom Durkin, who is on vacation until the spring.


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