02/11/2008 12:00AM

Violette ships in full of hope


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Rick Violette half-jokingly called his decision to ship Globalization from south Florida to Aqueduct for Wednesday's featured allowance race "a weak gesture of confidence" that racing in New York will continue uninterrupted.

Fact is, Wednesday could be the last day of live racing at Aqueduct for a while if the powers that be in Albany cannot hammer out an acceptable deal for the New York Racing Association to keep the franchise to run racing at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. NYRA officials have said they would shut down racing beginning Thursday if suitable progress was not made on a deal that would award NYRA the franchise for the next 25 to 30 years in exchange for the ownership rights to the three tracks.

Wednesday's feature is a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards, a race that could produce a contender for next month's Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. Violette scratched Globalization from Monday's $150,000 Darley Ocala Breeders' Sales Championship Stakes after the colt drew post 11.

Globalization drew post 6 of eight in Wednesday's race, which carries a $75,000 optional claiming tag, for which three horses are eligible.

Globalization's claim to fame may be that he was favored in the maiden race that revealed the talents of War Pass, who beat Globalization by 5 1/2 lengths last July 28 at Saratoga, kicking off his undefeated championship season. Globalization earned his first career victory on Sept. 30 in a one-mile dirt race at Belmont, a race he won by 7 1/2 lengths while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"I thought he was a pretty nice horse, but he kept disappointing me," Violette said. "It wasn't until we stretched him out a little bit [that he won], and it looks like he wants to be on the lead. He's got a high cruising speed."

Off his maiden victory, Globalization finished last in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after chasing War Pass for the opening half-mile. "We made the wrong choice," Violette said.

Mint Lane comes off a front-running victory over the inner track on Jan. 12, his first race with Lasix.

Loaves and Dishes is 2 for 2 since trainer Bruce Levine added blinkers and Lasix.