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Eightyfivinafifty Returns in Bay Shore

A dynamic speedball who broke his maiden by 17¼ lengths January 9 on the inner dirt course at Aqueduct Racetrack, Eightyfiveinafifty seeks to become a new stakes star Saturday in the 50th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore.

 

Few horses have been as tantalizing during the past winter meet as the bay son of Forest Camp, owned by Harold Lerner, LLC. His maiden victory, in his second start, was nothing short of scintillating as Eightyfiveinafifty continually widened the distance between himself and the rest of the field to take the six-furlong race on a deep track in 1:10.85. He earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, second only to Wood Memorial morning-line favorite Eskendereya’s 106 in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

 

With designs on the major spring races for 3-year-olds, Eightyfiveinafifty entered the Whirlaway at 1 1/16 miles as a commanding favorite, but failed to negotiate the first turn.

 

“The good thing was he slowed down when he got to the rail,” said rider Jorge Chavez, who will be replaced by New York’s leading rider Ramon Dominguez atop Eightyfiveinafifty in Saturday’s Bay Shore. “He jumped the rail, and that’s all I remember.”

 

In preparing to face six in the seven-furlong Bay Shore, the colt has had four works, including a sharp five furlongs in 58.69 seconds March 28 under exercise rider Nick Santagata.

 

“He has trained brilliantly for the Bay Shore,” trainer Gary Contessa said. “He seems to have his head together since his accident, and every workout has been strong. Hopefully, we will see his “A” race on Saturday. Once his wounds healed, he trained very well and seems to have had no ill effects from the incident in the last start.”

 

Chavez moves over to Contessa’s other entrant, Castaneda, who won the Fred “Cappy” Capossela at six furlongs on March 6.

 

Also contesting the Bay Shore will be Hurricane Ike, a Santa Anita Park-based sprinter racing on a dirt track for the first time. Trained by John Sadler for owner Ike Thrash, the dark brown son of Graeme Hall has only one victory in six starts, but two of the losses came last year to 2-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky.

 

In his first race at 3, Hurricane Ike finished a close-up third in an allowance at Santa Anita. Calvin Borel has the mount.

 

Hurricane Ike isn’t the only Bay Shore entrant who has run into a top Kentucky Derby contender. Sovereign Stable’s Remand, a son of Successful Appeal, broke his maiden by 5¼ lengths last October at Keeneland, only to wind up facing Wood Memorial favorite Eskendereya in January at Gulfstream Park.

 

Trainer John Terranova expected a big run that day, but Remand encountered all sorts of problems.


“In the gate that day there was a horse acting up a couple of stalls down from us, and it kind of caused a chain reaction, and we were part of it,” Terranova said. “Two or three horses were gate-scratched, but we didn’t get scratched, and I wish we had, in retrospect, because he got rocked pretty good, cut up a little, and didn’t fire nearly the way we thought he would.

 

“He’s training really, really well, and I’m anxious to watch him run. He’s very talented.”

 

Turtle Bird Stable’s Raynick’s Jet will look to win the Bay Shore in his first start in open company for trainer Steve Asmussen after two wins in three starts against New York-breds.

 

Two Tone Farms’ El Rocco, who has placed in four of the five stakes races he has entered, and supplemental entry Noah’s Dream, a recent allowance winner at Laurel Park for trainer Graham Motion, complete the field.

 

The Bay Shore (Race 7, approximate post 4:08 p.m. EDT) is the first leg of a $500,000 Guaranteed All Stakes Pick 4 at Aqueduct that continues with the Grade 3 Excelsior (Race 8, 4:40 p.m.), the featured Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial (Race 9, 5:15 p.m.) and concludes with the Grade 1, $250,000 Carter (Race 10, 5:45 p.m.). The 11-race card begins with a first race post time of 1 p.m.

 

 

The field for the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore:

 

No.

PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

Odds

1

1

Eightyfiveinafifty (KY)

R. Dominguez

116

G. Contessa

4-5

1a

4

Castaneda (NY)

J. Chavez

120

G. Contessa

4-5

2

2

Raynick?s Jet (NY)

D. Cohen

116

S. Asmussen

3-1

3

3

Noah?s Dream (KY) (S)

K. Carmouche

116

H.G. Motion

20-1

4

5

Hurricane Ike (FL)

C. Borel

116

J. Sadler

7-2

5

6

El Rocco (PA)

J. Leparoux

120

B. Levine

15-1

6

7

Remand (KY)

J. Velazquez

116

J. Terranova

15-1

s- supplemental entry; a- coupled entry
 

 

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