Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Ever since she was claimed last autumn, Successful Sarah has made steady improvement. Except for one troubled trip, the 4-year-old Successful Appeal filly has perked up to win three of her last four starts.

While she had been a resident of Southern Florida, she has raced here at Aqueduct since January. And, with a head victory in her last start, she earned a spot in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Next Move for fillies and mares at nine furlongs (ninth race, 4:50 p.m.). It is the last graded stakes on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track this season, and will be the third leg of a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4.

Racing returns to the main track on Wednesday, April 1.

Trainer John Terranova has had Successful Sarah for both of her Big A starts, and was so impressed by her last race, a head victory at a mile and seventy yards on February 20, that he immediately targeted the Next Move.

“After she won her last two races at Gulfstream, [IEAH Stable and Pegasus Holding Group] bought her privately,” Terranova said. “That was in December, and the first race she ran for us (January 30) was a throwout. The track was kind of heavy that day – kind of drying out – and she never got her footing. I know the Racing Form comment was that she steadied on the first turn, but that really wasn’t a big deal. She was supposed to overcome something like that and out-class the rest of them. She was a big favorite that day and she just never found her footing.”

Her most recent start, according to Terranova, was a truer picture of Successful Sarah.

“They didn’t lay off her at all in that race,” he said. “She had to fight every step of the way, and she wound up winning. I thought that was a very gutsy effort by her, and she came out of that race fantastic.

“I really like the way she has been training, and I think a mile and an eighth won’t be a problem for her. I think she will love the distance, and I know Eddie (jockey Eddie Castro) feels the same way. He worked her and he knows she’s a nice filly.”

Successful Sarah will break from the rail against five rivals and will carry 119 pounds.

Highweight at 120 pounds in the Next Move is Chevalier Stable’s Weathered, who has helped trainer Karl Grusmark to a solid winter season at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old, New York-bred daughter of Key Contender is in excellent form and had a big effort in winning the nine-furlong Rare Treat here on February 21. That day, she broke sharply and when asked, skipped away to a 7 ¼-length victory in 1:49.84.

What was especially impressive that day was that Weathered had to weather a couple of pre-race distractions before facing the longest race of her career. A loose shoe forced Rap Tale back to the saddling area. Once that problem was corrected, the race was delayed even longer when the bridle came off of longshot Vladimira.

“All that stuff before the race got her a little worked up, but when I got back on her, she settled down,” said jockey Mike Luzzi, who will ride her again on Saturday from post 5.

Also doing well of late is Morris Bailey and Team Valor International’s Winning Point, a 5-year-old Point Given mare who has a 4-5-0 record from 10 lifetime starts. She made her seasonal debut on March 8, and was an easy 4 ½-length winner of the one-mile Am Capable.

Winning Point is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, who trained 2007 Dubai World Cup winner and Horse of the Year Invasor. McLaughlin is back in Dubai on Saturday to saddle Shadwell Stable’s 5-year-old Albertus Maximus in the world’s richest race – the 14th running of the Group 1, $6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1:30 p.m.).

Aqueduct will offer wagering on the Dubai World Cup main races. The schedule begins with the Godolphin Mile at 9:40 a.m.; followed by the UAE Derby (10:15 a.m.); Dubai Golden Shaheen (10:55 a.m.), Dubai Duty Free (11:55 a.m.) , Dubai Sheema Classic (12:40 p.m.) and the Dubai World Cup (1:30 p.m.).

This will be the final Dubai World Cup staged at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse before Dubai racing is moved to Meydan in 2010.

There will be advance wagering on all Dubai World Cup Day races on Friday, March 27, except via internet. On Saturday, the first three races will be available by Telebet and internet only; the Dubai Duty Free will be available via Telebet, internet and self-service terminals only; and the last two races will be available at all windows.

There is an 18 percent takeout on win and place and 25 percent on exactas, trifectas, superfectas, Pick 3s and Pick 6s). A $1 minimum wager is available.

The field for Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade 3 Next Move:

1. Successful Sarah John Terranove II Eddie Castro 119
2. Nijinsky Bullet Enrique Arroyo C.C. Lopez 118
3. Bourbon Maid Richard Violette Jr. Richard Migliore 119
4. Winning Point Kiaran McLaughlin Rajiv Maragh 119
5. Weathered Karl Grusmark Mike Luzzi 121
6. Point Me to It Gary Contessa Pablo Morales 119

Nijinsky Bullet was supplemented to this race.

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