And while Fiddlers Afleet has not run worse than third, he has only one victory. In his only start beyond six furlongs, he broke from post 8 and was a distant third in Belmont Park’s Sleepy Hollow Stakes on New York Showcase Day back on October 18.
“He’s been a real consistent horse for us,” Bush said. “He’s a very sound, very healthy horse. His race on New York Showcase Day wasn’t enough to convince me that he can’t stretch out. That was a funny track that day. It seemed like it was heavy and cuppy outside and inside, well, those horses seemed to have an advantage.
“This horse has plenty of speed, which you need to have on the inner track. We’re going to find out if he can carry that speed around two turns. I am very happy with how he has been training, and the other day (jockey Rajiv Maragh) was on him and he really liked him. So, we’re going to see if he can get the job done.”
All entered, including also-eligible Dear Cat, will carry 116 pounds, with the exception of Legal Consent. An Officer colt, Legal Consent was a three-length winner of the $318,525 New York Breeders’ Futurity on October 4 at Finger Lakes. That day, he broke his maiden by winning the six-furlong sprint for state-bred juveniles in a final time of 1:11.59, earning the lion’s share of the richest purse ever offered in Western New York racing.
“As exciting as that was, it cost us here with the weight assignment,” said trainer Carlos Martin. “But if you look at his past performances, I gave him three races in less than a month, so after the Sleepy Hollow at Belmont Park, we decided to give him the rest he deserved. This is a tough race, and I’m hoping the mile and seventy yards on the inner track won’t be a problem for him.
“He’s doing extremely well.There are some good horses in here, but they’ve been beaten, too. Coming off is work the other day (Tuesday, Belmont Park fast training track, bullet five furlongs, 1:01.11, breezing) he should be sitting off the speed.”
Dennis Carr, a former regular on this circuit and long a presence in California and Finger Lakes, has the mount on Legal Consent on Sunday.
Bush has also entered Empire Equine’s Soave on Sunday in the 71st renewal of the Damon Runyon filly counterpart, the $75,000-added East View. The Brahms filly began her career with four consecutive second-place finishes, but finally broke her maiden when she got up in the mud to win a one-mile maiden special main track event here on November 6 by a neck.
“She didn’t win by much, but I really liked that race,” Bush said. “I liked how game she was; she just wouldn’t quit. I’m hopeful that two turns and more distance will be to her liking.”
The East View, which will be run as the third race on Sunday, is headed by Sugar Maple Farm’s Sarah Accomplished, who has won two of four starts for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Her most recent victory came in the Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes here on November 9. The Performing Magic filly will carry highweight of 122 pounds.
The field for Sunday’s $75,000-added Damon Runyon:
PP. HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WGT.
1. Haynesfield Steve Asmussen Ramon Dominguez 116
2. Karakorum Legend Linda Rice Richard Migliore 116
3. Show Me the Cash Bruce Brown Stewart Elliott 116
4. Tall Poppi Barclay Tagg Eibar Coa 116
5. Always on the Move Gary Contessa C.C. Lopez 116
6. That’s Rich Scott Schwartz Mike Luzzi 116
7. Harmonic Man Richard Nieminski Jose Espinoza 116
8. Thunder Roar John Kimmel Javier Castellano 116
9. Legal Consent Carlos Martin Dennis Carr 122
10. Fiddlers Afleet T om Bush Rajiv Maragh 116
AE11. Dear Cat Mary Hartmann Victor Santiago 116
The field for Sunday’s $75,000-added East View:
PP. HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY WGT.
1. Submerge John Kimmel Javier Castellano 116
2 Don’t Forget Gil Mark Hennig Rajiv Maragh 116
3 Sapphire Sky David Donk Ramon Dominguez 116
4 Seek On William Badgett Jr. Richard Migliore 116
5. Sarah Accomplished Richard Dutrow Jr. Eibar Coa 122
6. Soave Tom Bush Eddie Castro 116