03/02/2004 12:00AM

Well Fancied to run next in Toboggan


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Well Fancied, the winner of the Grade 2 General George at Laurel Park in his last start on Feb. 16, will run next in the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap on March 13 at Aqueduct, according to his trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr.

Well Fancied earned his first graded victory in the seven-furlong General George. It was the 6-year-old's fifth win from his last six starts. Last year at Belmont Park, Well Fancied won three consecutive restricted stakes, the Evan Shipman, General Douglas MacArthur, and Empire Classic. He is a strong favorite for the older male New York-bred championship for 2003 when the winner is announced in April.

In preparation for the Grade 3 Toboggan, Dutrow said he planned on working the gelding on Wednesday over Aqueduct's inner track and then on the main track when it opens next week. The seven-furlong Toboggan will be run on the main track, which is scheduled to open for racing on March 10. Typically, the main track opens at least a day earlier for training.

Dutrow also plans on running Aggadan, who, like Well Fancied, is owned by Sanford Goldfarb, in the Toboggan. Aggadan hasn't raced since finishing second in the Challedon Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 20. The 5-year-old won three races from 11 starts last year and finished second at 63-1 to Ghostzapper in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park last October. Aggadan beat several stakes winners in the Vosburgh, including Gygistar, Posse, and Peeping Tom.

"[Aggadan] is as honest as they come," Dutrow said.

Martin and IEAH Stables both on a run

Trainer Greg Martin is on a hot streak, thanks in part to IEAH Stables. Through Sunday, Martin had won with the last five horses he has saddled, including three owned by IEAH Stables. At the inner-track meet, Martin has 16 wins from 60 starters and is fifth in the standings. Seven of Martin's wins are for IEAH Stables, which has 13 starters at the meet.

A couple years ago, Martin began training horses for Michael Iavarone, the president of IEAH (International Equine Acquisitions Holdings). When Iavarone, an investment banker, decided to become more involved in racing, he founded IEAH, a private company, in February 2003. IEAH currently has seven horses in training with Martin and another 12 on the farm.

According to Michael Sherack, a member of the management team at IEAH, the company hopes to branch out to other business areas in racing and is currently conducting a feasibility study for the building of an equine medical center.

"We hope to, and have the aspirations of becoming a public company," Sherack said. "We're looking to become involved in other avenues of racing."

IEAH's inner-track wins have been with claiming horses, including A One Rocket, who was claimed in December for $7,500 and has since won two races and was second in the Hollie Hughes Handicap on Feb. 15. IEAH also has been spending at the sales and bought four 2-year-olds, for a total of $485,000, at Fasig-Tipton's Calder sale on Feb. 24. Among the horses purchased by IEAH is a colt by Unbridled's Song, bought for $210,000.

Martin, an advisor for IEAH at the sales, said it makes his job easier to have a mix of 2-year-olds and claimers in his barn.

"The diversity is great because it takes the pressure off of me," Martin said. "I can take the time the 2-year-olds need and the claiming horses keep the stable active."

A Luzzi surprise on Thursday's card

An allowance/optional claimer is the Thursday feature. Seven older fillies and mares were entered in the six-furlong race.

Four of the runners are coming off winning races, including She is Raging, who has won her last four starts. Interestingly, Mike Luzzi, who was aboard She is Raging for those wins, is named on Virgin Voyage.

Virgin Voyage goes out for the white-hot Paraneck Stable and trainer Jennifer Pedersen. Virgin Voyage hasn't won a race since May 2003, but usually picks up a piece of the purse, particularly at this level. A wet track would benefit Virgin Voyage.