05/19/2010 11:00PM

Two Stallion stakes to become one


ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association opted not to card either of Sunday's two scheduled New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds due to insufficient entries. The Cupecoy's Joy, for 3-year-old fillies, and the Spectacular Bid, for 3-year-old males, were both scheduled as seven-furlong turf races.

However, late Thursday afternoon, the racing office made a decision to create a new race - still to be run at seven furlongs on the turf - and make it open to both male and female progeny of New York-based stallions. If enough horses are entered in the race - which will be worth $100,000 - it will be carded for Wednesday. Entries were to be taken on Friday.

"I think there are seven or eight guys out there that want to run and I want to give them the opportunity to run," said P.J. Campo, NYRA's vice president/director of racing.

According to Andrew Byrnes, NYRA's stakes coordinator, only five horses on Thursday entered each race and there was no guarantee that the races would have held together. Franny Freud, a Grade 2 winner who won the Park Avenue division of the Stallion Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths here on May 2, was entered in the Cupecoy's Joy, and may have prompted some horses to scratch.

"It may not have been a good betting race to justify giving away that much money," Byrnes said. "We'd like to get these guys to participate. It's their program. It's frustrating to us, it's got to be frustrating to those who wanted to run."

John Terranova, the trainer of Franny Freud, was hoping to use the Cupecoy's Joy as a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Prioress, a six-furlong dirt race on July 4. He said he would be willing to run his filly against the colts and was appreciative of the racing office for trying to make the race happen.

"I'm glad the racing office came up with a solution fairly quickly and there's a race that's hopefully going to go for us in New York," Terranova said. "That's a big effort on the racing office's part and this is fine with us."