08/09/2007 11:00PM

Yonagucci to New York for Adirondack


MIAMI - Had Yonagucci been eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes, the undefeated and untested 2-year-old filly would have stayed right at home to run in Saturday's $100,000 Desert Vixen Stakes. Instead, Yonagucci boarded a plane on Friday morning for Saratoga, where she'll get a class check next weekend in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes.

Yonagucci, a daughter of Yonaguska, is perfect in two starts, including an easy 2 3/4-length victory in the six-furlong J j'sdream Stakes over a sloppy track here on July 7. And while he would have preferred to stay home, trainer Manny Azpurua is brimming with confidence heading into the Adirondack.

"The way she's run and the way she's been training, I don't think there is any competition here, and I would have certainly stayed at Calder if she was eligible because there is plenty of money in those Stallion Stakes races," Azpurua said. "But I also think she's one of the best fillies around anywhere and that she's going to run a very big race at Saratoga. The people up there don't really think much of the horses that come out of here, but I think we're going to surprise them next week."

Yonagucci worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 in company with stablemate Teofilo on Thursday, spotting his older partner a length and beating him a couple of lengths at the wire. Teofilo is a 14-time winner who will compete in Sunday's $50,000 The Vid Stakes on the turf.

Take D' Tour prepping for Ruffian

Another Calder-based runner heading to New York in the weeks ahead is Take D' Tour, who continues to prep locally for the Grade 1 Ruffian at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. Trainer David Fawkes is planning to use the Ruffian as Take D' Tour's final prep for the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"I'm going to switch her breezes to Sunday beginning this weekend to get her on the proper schedule for the Ruffian," Fawkes said. "So far everything is going well with her. I have no complaints."

Take D' Tour successfully defended her title in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap with a game neck decision over Ginger Punch on June 16. Ginger Punch has since returned to capture her next two starts, including the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga.

Evenly matched pair in The Vid

Magic Mecke and Croton Road were inseparable at the finish of a high-class allowance race here on July 20. The pair will go at it again on Sunday in an even stronger field in the $50,000 The Vid, an overnight turf stakes.

Magic Mecke and Croton Road both earned career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figures in their last start.

For Magic Mecke, the outing was his first since he finished second to Revved Up here last November in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap. Croton Road had made only one previous start this year, finishing fourth behind English Channel under allowance conditions at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22.

They will have to run down the speedy Jet Propulsion to get the money in The Vid. Jet Propulsion returns from New York, where he finished fourth after setting the pace in the one-mile Grade 3 Poker Handicap. Jet Propulsion upset the Grade 3 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap here on April 28.

Jet Propulsion must concede five pounds under the allowance condition of The Vid to both Magic Mecke and Croton Road while also facing the prospect of an early challenge from Firebrook, who brings a three-race win streak into the race.

* Yesbyjimminy and Finally-madeit will be favored later on Sunday's card when they meet again in the $50,000 Eillo Stakes at six furlongs.