10/24/2004 11:00PM

Two turns ideal for Mahzouz

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Jim Lisa
Eddington, winning his turf debut in the Calder Derby, will be freshened in Florida until Gulfstream Park opens in January.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Laurie Lafavers has enjoyed a solid relationship with Mahmoud Fustok's Buckram Oak Farm, and that business partnership could strengthen on Wednesday when Lafavers saddles Mahzouz for Buckram Oak Farm in the $100,000-added Discovery on opening day of Aqueduct's fall meet.

Lafavers's initial association with Buckram Oak came through Fustok's sister-in-law, Ann, who owned Boston Party, a stakes winner trained by LaFavers's former boss, Lenny Imperio. After Imperio died in the spring of 2002, Lafavers went out on her own.

One of the first horses trained by Lafavers for the Fustok family was Redhead Riot, who was graded stakes placed and is now in foal to Silver Charm. Another horse, Black Silk, won multiple races last year at Aqueduct and is preparing for a return after a summer freshening.

Lafavers picked up seven Buckram Oak runners when the Fustoks severed their relationship with trainer Nick Zito in the spring. One of those horses is Mahzouz, who has won 2 of 5 starts since being transferred to Lafavers. In September, Mahzouz, a son of Charismatic, finished third in the Grade 2 Jerome Handicap. He came back to finish third in an optional claimer on Oct. 11 behind Stolen Time, who could be the Discovery favorite.

Lafavers believes Mahzouz, whose maternal grandfather is Affirmed, will relish his first start around two turns in the Discovery.

"He is bred to go long, and the way he runs, it seems like two turns will suit him," Lafavers said. "I've been looking to go longer with him."

Eddington will rest till Gulfstream

Mark Hennig said he has "a pretty good menu" of stakes to consider for Eddington, who won his turf debut on Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Calder Derby.

Before Hennig maps out a plan for Eddington, the colt will receive a freshening at Payson Park, where he headed after winning the Calder Derby. Hennig said he would point Eddington to a winter campaign at Gulfstream Park.

The win was very satisfying for Hennig, who watched Eddington run well in several races this year but fail to win a stakes until last Saturday. Eddington, who is owned by Willmott Stables, finished third in both the Wood Memorial and Preakness and picked up checks in five other graded stakes.

"He is very consistent and runs every time," Hennig said. "He still managed to win over $600,000 in [12] starts and placed in Grade 1 company and became a graded winner. It was a nice year for a horse who is probably meant to be a better 4-year-old."

My Typhoon baffles Mott

Trainer Bill Mott was at a loss to explain My Typhoon's 9 1/4-length loss as the favorite in Sunday's Miss Grillo Stakes. My Typhoon, who looked like a winner turning for home, backed up in the stretch and finished fourth.

Mott said My Typhoon, a half-sister to European champion Galileo, came out of the race in good order.

"I don't have much of an explanation," Mott said Monday. "She came back fine."

Before the Miss Grillo, a grass race, Mott had been considering running My Typhoon on the dirt in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 27. After the filly's effort in the Miss Grillo, Mott has mixed thoughts about that plan.

"We still need to consider a dirt race for the filly, but after that race I would hate to throw her in deep water," Mott said, referring to the Demoiselle. "She might need to show something before you try a spot like that."

Before the Miss Grillo, My Typhoon made one start, which she won by 5 1/4 lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

McLaughlin trio ready for stakes

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked two horses at Belmont on Monday in preparation for stakes engagements this weekend at Aqueduct. Bending Strings covered a half-mile in 49.34 seconds over the main track for Saturday's $150,000 First Flight.

McLaughlin also worked L'Oiseau d'Argent for Saturday's $150,000 Knickerbocker. L'Oiseau d'Argent worked a half-mile in 48.12.

McLaughlin may have a third runner in a stakes at Aqueduct this weekend. He is considering starting Eavesdropper, a half-brother to A.P. Indy, in Sunday's $100,000-added Sport Page.

Also working at Belmont Monday was Delta Sensation, who will run in Sunday's $100,000-added Athenia. Delta Sensation worked five furlongs in 1:01.98. Super Fuse, nominated to the Sport Page, worked a half-mile in 48.98.

New-look betting machines

The Aqueduct meet will be the first for the New York Racing Association under its new bet-processing contractor, United Tote, which will replace Autotote, the long-running NYRA totalizator supplier.

According to Bill Nader, NYRA's senior vice president, the United Tote self-service machines will look different and contain different features than the Autotote machines, requiring, perhaps, a "transition period" for ontrack bettors accustomed to the Autotote machines.

"There's a lot of new features that people should appreciate," Nader said. "That being said, there's going to be a little bit of a learning curve in learning how to use the new machines."

Along with traditional paper vouchers, the new United Tote machines will allow bettors to purchase a NYRA cash card, Nader said. The card will have the ability to perform debits or credits, Nader said, and will include a four-digit pin number that the bettor can change. The cards will not collect social-security numbers or names.

Nader said NYRA is employing customer-service representatives who will patrol the banks of new self-service machines to assist any bettors who are having problems.

NYRA officials are also encouraging bettors to redeem any vouchers or uncashed winning tickets purchased through NYRA's previous Autotote system. Any uncashed tickets purchased in 2004 are good until April 1, 2005, and for the next several weeks, the tickets will be able to be redeemed for vouchers at a bank of older Autotote self-service machines. After those machines are removed, patrons will need to redeem the tickets through the mutuel department, Nader said. Vouchers are good indefinitely, but can be cashed at any time through the mutuel department.

- additional reporting by Matt Hegarty