03/04/2010 12:00AM

Wall Street Wonder facing sharpies


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Wall Street Wonder looked like a sprint star in the making when he romped to an 81/2-length victory in the Paumonok Stakes here on Jan. 23.

Saturday, he figures to get a stern test when he meets graded stakes winners Custom for Carlos and the razor-sharp Elusive Warning in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Toboggan Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track. The Toboggan, which goes as race 4, also drew Driven by Success and Crimson Comic.

Wall Street Wonder went 1 for 10 racing on synthetic surfaces and turf. He was kept in New York for the winter with the idea of getting him on dirt. Wall Street Wonder responded with an off-the-pace allowance victory over Rereadthefootnotes, who came back to win a restricted stakes race. Wall Street Wonder then went gate to wire to take the Paumonok by 8 1/2 lengths in front-running fashion under Channing Hill, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 108. He has had seven weeks to recover.

"He's coming into this race really, really good," said Tonja Terranova, assistant trainer to her husband, John Terranova. "He doesn't need the lead. He broke so sharp, and Channing said he was just doing that easy, sitting there, and he was very happy and comfortable doing it. He'll sit off a horse. He's definitely versatile and doesn't need the one style of running."

Wall Street Wonder will break from post 4 under Hill.

Custom for Carlos is 4 for 5 at six furlongs, which is the main reason trainer Eddie Kenneally has decided to ship him to New York for this race. Custom for Carlos's one loss at the distance came by a nose in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes last fall. Custom for Carlos comes off a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream on Jan. 9.

Custom for Carlos, the 123-pound highweight, will breaks from the rail under Julien Leparoux.

"We think he's better at six or 6o1/2, and there are not a whole lot of options for graded races on the main track," Kenneally said. 'The rail is not ideal, but we're ready to go."

Elusive Warning is 2 for 2 over the inner track, those races coming three years ago. He ships up from Florida after a third-level allowance win going seven furlongs on Jan. 31. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is using this race as a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Carter on April 3.

Driven by Success finished fifth as the favorite in last year's Toboggan after getting off to a slow start. He has won just once in his last nine starts and is making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher.