02/13/2004 12:00AM

Work will tell for Redskin Warrior


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Jennifer Pedersen and owner Ernie Paragallo are not short on promising 3-year-old colts, and their top three, Redskin Warrior, Risky Trick, and Song of the Sword, were nominated to next Saturday's $75,000-added Best Turn Stakes.

On Friday, Pedersen said the horse she most wants to start in the six-furlong Best Turn is Redskin Warrior, who hasn't run since easily winning a first-level allowance race here in October.

Pedersen had hoped to run Redskin Warrior, a son of Indian Charlie, in last weekend's Whirlaway Stakes, but Redskin Warrior got sick before the race. Risky Trick was Pedersen's pinch hitter in the Whirlaway, and he did a good job by finishing second to Little Matth Man.

Pedersen said she plans on running Risky Trick back in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park on Feb. 28. Last year, Pedersen and Paragallo, who races under Paraneck Stable, won the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park with New York Hero.

Pedersen said she would see how Redskin Warrior works Sunday or Monday before making a final decision on the Best Turn.

Redskin Warrior was vanned off the track after winning his last race Oct. 30 because he grabbed both of his quarters during the race, according to Pedersen. It was Redskin Warrior's second consecutive win after he romped home a 3 1/4-length winner of a maiden race early in October.

"His feet were sensitive going into his last race because he had been training over a sealed track, and then he grabbed both quarters in the race and it was ugly," Pedersen said. "We got him back in training, and he worked good in Florida before I brought him up here and then worked good here. Richard Migliore was on him for his last work and said he had multiple gears. I like to hear that. We would have run in the Whirlaway, but he got a fever and diarrhea. I missed about four or five days with him."

Pedersen was noncommittal about Song of the Sword's status for the Best Turn. Song of the Sword just ran Feb. 4 and won his career debut by 3 3/4 lengths under a hand ride.

"He could be any type of horse," said Pedersen, who noted Paragallo is very keen on Song of the Sword. "He's just learning and is like a little kid. He's immature mentally, but talented."

New York Hero romps

Speaking of New York Hero, he was a very impressive winner of Friday's $50,000 allowance feature.

New York Hero, the third choice, won the 1 1/16-mile race by five lengths under Migliore. New York Hero ($8) covered the distance in a sharp 1:42.29.

Big Sid's Party finished second, one length in front Angelic Aura. Polish Times, the 2-1 favorite, finished fourth and was followed under the wire by Peekskill and Boston Park.

In light of how well New York Hero ran Friday, Pedersen might consider running him back in the $75,000 Stymie Handicap on March 6.

Dutrow cleared

On Friday, the Aqueduct stewards cleared trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. of any wrongdoing in an incident that occurred last Sunday, when he had to scratch four horses because he believed they might have tested positive for a prohibited raceday substance, clenbuterol.

Although no fine or suspension was levied against Dutrow, the stewards warned Dutrow that he must stay on top of business at his Aqueduct barn while he is out of town overseeing his Florida division.

Dutrow said his New York assistants told him four horses had been treated with clenbuterol, a bronchodilator, too close to race day. Dutrow, who was in Florida at the time the horses were medicated, didn't want to take a chance and scratched the four horses.

"Thank God he did," said Carmine Donofrio, the steward for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, who met with Dutrow on Friday.

Dutrow is currently appealing a 45-day suspension and a $3,000 fine for the presence of mepivacaine in the postrace urine sample of Farmer Jake, who finished sixth in a race at Aqueduct on April 27, 2003.

Dutrow leads the trainer standings at the inner track with 34 winners, through Friday's card.