The 2-1 morning line favorite is Suave Jazz, an Aqueduct-based runner trained by Tony Dutrow. With $490,000 plus in earnings and twenty-five in the money finishes from thirty-four starts, the son of Suave Prospect won the Vincent Moscarelli Stakes to end 2007. Last year he finished second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap on Preakness day, the first of three runner-up finishes from six starts, without any victories. Jeremy Rose gets a leg up on the 6-year-old gelding for the first time.
“The owner (Mark Lapidus) and I have had some luck claiming older horses,” Dilodovico said. “He had conditions left and we thought he would be a useful horse. We gave him a good rest after the claim and brought him back at the fair (Timonium). The Charles Town race wasn’t coming up too tough, so we tried him there. He came out of his last race fresh and we thought we could try this. The owner prefers to run his horses in the easiest spot, so we’re not looking to the General George right now.”
Yes It’s the Truth (3-1) is another Aqueduct-based runner. The son of Yes Its True has climbed out of claiming company to post a record of 7-7-4 from thirty starts. David Jacobson is his trainer and Rafael Mojica will ride.
Night Stand (4-1) visits Laurel Park after four seconds in stakes last year, three against Pennsylvania-breds. The Steve Rowan trained speedster ended 2008 with a strong second in the Christmas Day Stakes at Mountaineer Park. Roberto Alvarado has the mount.
Laurel-based runners fill the remaining starting slots. Cayman Condo (10-1) won a stakes at Delaware Park last summer and ended the year with an optional claiming score at Charles Town. Springs Road (12-1) also finished the year at Charles Town, albeit in October, with an allowance score. Pattysbuddy (20-1) won four of seventeen starts last year.