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Friday, February 27, 2009


MID-ATLANTIC INVADERS TARGET BROADWAY


Trainer Steve Klesaris has always done things his own way, and these days, he has the great satisfaction of seeing that his way has proven to be the way to success.

The 49-year-old Boston native followed his father, Peter, and older brother, Bob, into the racing game. He saddled his first winner when he was 18, worked as a jockey agent in the early to mid 1990s and returned to training to win stakes races with horses like Yourmissinthepoint, Ave’s Flag, Mani Bhavan, Miraculous Miss, Master of Disaster and Roman Emperor


Now based at Delaware Park, Klesaris has maintained his well-deserved reputation as a dedicated horseman who ships to other tracks with purpose. And Sunday afternoon, he will send Hibiscus Stable’s Salt Water Reign to Aqueduct Racetrack to face five other New York-bred fillies and mares in the 30th running of the $65,000-added Broadway at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.

Forecasts call for colder temperatures and the possibility of light snow or rain on Sunday, but Salt Water Reign has handled sloppy and fast tracks and she is especially fond of Aqueduct’s inner track, where she has a 4-1-2 record from seven starts.

“She’s put together back-to-back wins,” said Klesaris, who was at Calder Race Course in Florida on Friday to attend the Under Tack Show for the Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. “This is a little bit of a step up for her. When she was younger, she held her speed longer, but now, she has learned to rate and she always runs well on that track.”

Charles A. Murray’s Cammy’s Choice will ship in from Philadelphia Park for trainer Ed Lehman. The 5-year-old Take Me Out mare sports a 5-6-1 record from a dozen career starts and will carry top weight of 123 pounds.

“Shipping is not really her forte,” Lehman said. “She can get very aggressive and wound up, but she handles it. She puts so much into her races that she needs time between starts. Usually, she is right back on the bridle about three weeks after she races.

“The other day, she worked in 35 and that’s her. When she’s training well and feeling good, she’ll do that any day. She is a very consistent filly, and she can handle just about anything. I actually would prefer a wet track, just something that she can grab hold of. She doesn’t like those cuppy, powdery tracks. They are too loose and you can never tell how a horse will handle them. Even if it is muddy or sloppy, as long as she can get footing, she’ll be fine.”

Cammy’s Choice will ship in on race day, and will be ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr.

Trainer Bruce Levine will go with the coupled entry of Lights Off Annie and Main Street.

Main Street, a 4-year-old Street Cry filly, has not raced since January 2, when she ran fourth at a mile and 70 yards. Lights Off Annie has won three of five starts and turns back from a fourth-place finish at a mile on February 11.

Megadeed has won two of three starts since David Duggan took over her training. The 4-year-old Precise End filly will be ridden by Eddie Castro and will break from the rail.

Let’s Fly Away completes the field for the Broadway, where she will seek an end to a five-race losing streak.

The field for Sunday’s 30th running of the $65,000-added Broadway:
PP. HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WGT.
1. Megadeed David Duggan Eddie Castro 119
2.a Lights Off Annie Bruce Levine Rajiv Maragh 119
3. Cammy’s Choice Edward Lehman Roberto Alvarado Jr. 123
4. Let’s Fly Away Ramon Hernandez Sheldon Russell 119
5. Salt Water Reign Steve Klesaris Rosie Navpravnik 121
6.a Main Street Bruce Levine Ramon Dominguez 119

a-Lights Off Annie and Main Street are coupled.


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