01/26/2011 6:08PM

Violette settles for one Holy Bull starter


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Rick Violette, who has an abundance of 3-year-old talent in his barn here this winter, had been considering both Leave of Absence and Rescind the Trade for Sunday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull. The decision became a moot point on Wednesday morning after Violette put Rescind the Trade on a van bound for snowy New York.

As a result, Leave of Absence will now carry the hopes of the Violette barn against the likes of Mucho Macho Man and Gourmet Dinner into the one-mile Holy Bull. Leave of Absence earned his ticket into the race after finishing second despite a somewhat eventful trip in the six-furlong Spectacular Bid on Jan. 8.

“He’s coming back a little quicker than I’d like, but he came out of the Spectacular Bid really well and has been kicking the walls down,” Violette said of Leave of Absence who is owned by the partnership of William Lawrence and the Klaravich Stables. “Besides, this puts us in sync. We won’t be zigging and zagging, if we want to do the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby, should it look like we belong there.”

Any lingering doubts Violette may have had about running back on Sunday were erased after Leave of Absence breezed a half-mile in 50.10 seconds at Palm Meadows on Tuesday.

“It was just a nice little maintenance breeze,” said Violette. “Rajiv [Maragh] worked him and was begging me to run him Sunday when he came back. He said he doing too good right now not to run.”

As for Rescind the Trade, Violette said he reluctantly made the decision to send him back to Aqueduct, where he could be at the mercy of what has been a rough winter, weather-wise, in New York.

“He was having trouble dealing with the heat,” Violette explained. “It took him a long time to cool out after his last breeze, and the temperature was just in the low 70’s. It wasn’t oppressively hot. I hate to send him back with February still in front of us, but it’s just too big a gamble to keep him down here and risk blowing the whole spring and summer if he runs in the heat and has an issue.”

Rescind the Trade is perfect in two starts, having won his maiden at Philadelphia Park and an entry-level allowance race at Aqueduct to close out an abbreviated 2-year-old campaign.

Violette said Rescind the Trade will likely make his 3-year-old debut in the Whirlaway and then target the Gotham if all went well.

“He’s a serious horse,” Violette said of Rescind the Trade. “He’s got a great brain and he wants to go two turns.”

Violette will also send out his undefeated 3-year-old prospect Sovereign Delight to go seven furlongs under first-level allowance conditions here Saturday. The race also drew trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's promising Crossbow, a recent arrival from New York off an impressive maiden win of his own.

“It’s a monster one other than,” said Violette. “Like a graded stakes. My horse had a hind ankle issue after he won his first start so we just stopped on him and gave him time. He beat Wine Police for fun that day and this race opens up the door to almost anything, especially if he wins.”

Gangsterontherun cruises

Gangsterontherun, a disappointment when bogged down on the deep rail and finishing fourth as the 8-5 favorite in the Spectacular Bid, bounced right back by cruising to an easy entry-level allowance win on Wednesday in a race taken off the turf and moved to a sloppy main track. Alex Solis rode Gangsterontherun for trainer Wesley Ward.