01/27/2010 1:00AM

Tempted to Tapit likely for Sam Davis


Tempted to Tapit, an impressive maiden winner at Aqueduct on Jan. 18 and a Whirlaway nominee, arrived in south Florida on Wednesday morning and will most likely be pointed to the Grade 3, $225,000 Sam Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 13, trainer Steve Klesaris said.

Tempted to Tapit, a gelded son of 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, won a two-turn, one-mile allowance race by 11 1/2 lengths, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Klesaris felt the Whirlaway was too close back to Tempted to Tapit's maiden win.

Though it took Tempted to Tapit four tries to win a maiden race, Klesaris believes all four of this gelding's races have been solid. He added blinkers before the Jan. 18 race, which Klesaris felt helped Tempted to Tapit to focus down the stretch.

"I really liked him a lot that day," Klesaris said. "He went out there and did it the way he was supposed to, the way I really thought he could do it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was as fast as it was and that he ran the splits that he ran [22.95, 46.78, and 1:11.82] and kept on cruising. He's still trying to figure out the game. If he could harness his energy a little bit he could be better. From a pedigree standpoint he'll run as far as they write races."

The Sam Davis is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles. Klesaris said he would likely ship Tempted to Tapit to Tampa in time to get a workout in over the track.

Carter a goal for Wall Street Wonder

Before last Saturday's Paumonok Stakes, trainer John Terranova said he thought Wall Street Wonder could develop into one of the better sprinters on the East Coast. Wall Street Wonder's 8 1/2-length score in the Paumonok was Exhibit A that Terranova could be right.

Terranova will likely let Wall Street Wonder state his case with more certainty in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap on April 4 over the main track. Terranova said it is possible, thought not likely, Wall Street Wonder could have a start before then.

"It's nice to keep these sprinters fresh, especially as fast as he's running," Terranova said.

Wall Street Wonder ran the fastest six furlongs of the inner track meet last Saturday, winning the Paumonok in 1:09.40. He earned a Beyer Figure of 109, 10 points higher than his previous best, which was accomplished in a first-level allowance race over the inner tack on Dec. 13.

"Switching over to the dirt has been the main thing," said Terranova, who trains the horse for Southern California-based owner John Connelly. "He's just gotten good, it's all coming together for him. The Carter will be the major goal of the spring; it's time to step up."

Five to go in Correction

The Correction Stakes is not a Maryland-bred race, it only seems that way. Three of the five fillies and mares entered in Saturday's $65,000 Correction are Maryland-breds and ship in from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Fascinatin' Rhythm and Heaven's Voice, who were separated by a neck when second and third in the Squan Song Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 5, as well as What Time It Is are the Maryland-bred runners in the Correction.

Hold That Prospect, fifth in the Garland of Roses, and Bright Halo, a multiple group stakes winner in Brazil, complete the lineup.

With only five betting interests, the Correction is carded as race 3 to keep it out of the late pick four, which will again have a guaranteed pool of $250,000.