02/13/2010 12:00AM

Tougher task for Mor Chances


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Though Mor Chances reeled off four consecutive stakes victories last year - including three over Aqueduct's inner track - trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. wasn't getting carried away.

"He wasn't beating anything on the inner track," Dutrow said. "Those races were coming up really good."

One of those victories came in the Hollie Hughes Stakes, a race Mor Chances will attempt to win for the second consecutive year when he meets five fellow New York-breds on Monday at six furlongs. If Mor Chances is to repeat in the $65,000 Hollies Hughes, it will be against a pretty solid field that includes Rereadthefootnotes, Smokin Hero, and Mr. Windjammer.

Moreover, Mor Chances will try to win the Hollie Hughes in his first start off an eight-month layoff. Dutrow said Mor Chances had an issue with a suspensory ligament which forced him to stop on the horse following a statebred stakes win at Belmont in June. Mor Chances shows a series of bullet works over the inner track, but Dutrow said "our horse might need a race.''

Richard Migliore will ride Mor Chances from post 6 under co-highweight of 121 pounds.

The horse to beat is Rereadthefootnotes, a 4-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes who has won 2 of 3 starts since being transferred by West Point Thoroughbreds to Mike Hushion. The one loss came to Wall Street Wonder, who came back to win the Paumonok Stakes in impressive fashion here in late January.

Rereadthefootnotes displayed excellent early speed winning an open company first-level allowance race by six lengths here on Jan. 20. Monday, he will likely have to deal with Smokin Hero, a speed horse who has the rail and C.C. Lopez named to ride.

"My orders will be not to take anything away from my horse; he's a speed horse," said Hushion, who has Ramon Dominguez to ride from post 3. "When he goes over there he gives you his race every time. That's the type of horse that makes a trainer look good."

Mr. Windjammer may be the strongest

closer in the field. A 5-year-old son of Regal Classic, Mr. Windjammer won a pair of six-furlong stakes at Finger Lakes last with year with a strong late kick. This will be Mr. Windjammer's first start since last Nov. 15.

Trainer John Hertler has the uncoupled entry of Citifest and See More Spirit. Citifest is only 4 for 35, but three of those wins have come at six furlongs. See More Spirit looks to be better around two turns.