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Aqueduct: Dr Disco, Nicole H Breeze

Joseph Dirico’s Dr Disco breezed four furlongs over the Belmont Park training track Sunday morning under exercise rider Jimmy Pantina, completing his final work for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan in 50.06.

 

“It was good,” said trainer Bruce Brown. “He breezed today, so he’ll work tomorrow and then gallop into the race. I might, at some point, stand him in the gate, but he’s pretty good.”

 

A New York-bred son of Disco Rico, the 4-year-old exits a six-furlong, inner-track optional claiming victory on January 2 and will make his graded stakes debut in the Toboggan. After coming up a length short to General Maximus in the Posse Hudson on New York Showcase Day at Belmont, Dr Disco came back to win the six-furlong Vodka overnight stakes on the inner track December 4. Five of the colt’s six career victories have come over the inner track.

 

“He’s really surprised me all along,” admitted Brown. “He never, ever has shown me much in the morning. I was surprised when he ran good early on, and even now, breezing, he does just enough. He never does too much in the morning. This has all been a surprise. He’s really kind of moved forward as he’s gotten older and he’s just turned four now.”

 

 

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Nicole H was another completing her preparations for next weekend’s stakes races, breezing an easy half-mile over the training track in 50.17 as she points for the $100,000, six-furlong Correction.

 

“I liked what I saw,” said Mike Hushion, who trains the mare for Gem, Inc. “She’s on track for next weekend.”

 

A 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley, Nicole H exits a repeat victory in the Interborough Stakes over the inner track on January 1. Last winter, Nicole H strung together three victories at the Big A, starting with the Garland of Roses in December 2010, followed by the Interborough and the 2011 running of the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap on the main track April 16.

 

Nicole H has won four of her last five, with her sole defeat being a nose loss to It’s Me Mom in the Robert O’Malley in October at Suffolk Downs. Since the O’Malley, It’s Me Mom has added three victories, including a 6 ¾-length runaway score in yesterday’s Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

 

“We thought we were going to Suffolk for a soft spot,” said Hushion. “Think again.” 

 

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