04/16/2009 12:00AM

Weathered goes for one more


After Weathered posted back-to-back victories in the Rare Treat and Next Move stakes at Aqueduct, trainer Karl Grusmark was planning to give his talented New York-bred filly a little freshening.

But with Weathered having come out of the Grade 3 Next Move so well, and with a rich stakes event as a lure, Grusmark has decided to postpone that break until after Weathered runs in Saturday's $250,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Charles Town. The Sugar Maple is run at seven furlongs, which at Charles Town is a two-turn race.

"The filly came out of the Next Move so well, and with so much money involved we felt we could run another time," Grusmark said Thursday. "She's never trained better. I gave her an easy blowout for the race, and I'm really pleased with the way she's doing coming into this race."

This will be Weathered's first race at night, but Grusmark doesn't believe that will be a factor.

"Not too much bother, this filly, she's pretty much adaptive to any situation," Grusmark said.

Mike Luzzi rides Weathered from post 8. Grusmark is hoping that Cowgirls Don't Cry and Spritely set a lively pace and that his filly can draft in behind them.

The one problem is that both of those horses may not run. Both are cross-entered in Saturday's $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct. Michael Trombetta, the trainer of Cowgirls Don't Cry, said his filly will likely run at Charles Town, while Todd Pletcher, trainer of Spritely, was less certain.

Cowgirls Don't Cry, who won the Grade 2 Shuvee last year for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, came off a seven-month layoff to win a classified allowance race at Charles Town on March 28. That was her first start for Trombetta.

"The most important thing is I got a race under her," Trombetta said. "She needed that. That was her first time for us; she had been training super, but I needed to see it in real life before I was completely sold."

Charlotte's Di has won two straight for trainer Steve Klesaris, and she figures to work out a stalking trip under jockey David Cohen. Klesaris is 11 for 19 shipping into Charles Town this year.

Trainer Ian Wilkes ships in Choragus, who comes off a troubled second in an allowance race at Gulfstream. Julien Leparoux rides from post 9.