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I Want Revenge Headlines Evening Attire

Named for the venerable gelding whose career spanned eight years, Saturday's $75,000 Evening Attire at Aqueduct Racetrack has drawn a field of six veterans headed by 2009's Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner, I Want Revenge.

Now 6, the son of Stephen Got Even is 2-for-2 at Aqueduct, having taken the Grade 3 Gotham and the Wood Memorial before being scratched with an ankle injury from the 2009 Kentucky Derby as the morning-line favorite. He returned to run twice in 2010, finishing third to Haynesfield in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park and third to Duke of Mischief in the Grade 3 Philip Iselin at Monmouth Park, and ran three times in 2011, most recently as runner-up to Hymn Book in the Three Coins Up at Belmont in May.

Owned by IEAH Stables, Resolute Group Stables, Puglisi Racing LLC, Dubb and Frimmel, I Want Revenge returned to the worktab in late November and has since been breezing steadily for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr., most recently going six furlongs in 1:16.42 at the Big A on Saturday.

Ramon Dominguez rides I Want Revenge, the 7-5 morning-line favorite, from post position 2.

Jimanator will make his Big A debut in the 1 1/16-mile Evening Attire. He was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Michael Trombetta out of a winning effort in a seven-furlong off-the-turf race at Saratoga Race Course in August and finished second in his first start for his new connections, The 6-year-old Broken Vow gelding next took an allowance race at Parx Racing in October by 6 ¼ lengths and topped that with a three-quarter length win over odds-on Mambo Meister in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper at Calder Race Course on November 26, his first stakes appearance.

"I wish I could I say there was some special secret, but he's just gotten really good the past couple of months," said Trombetta of the Three Diamonds Farm color-bearer, who closed out 2011 with a third-place finish behind Heart Butte in the Auld Lang Syne at Parx. "We originally claimed him at Saratoga because he had good numbers. It would be nice if all of them worked out like that."

With a record of 2-1-1 from four starts for Trombetta, Jimanator has now won 10 of his 35 career starts and earned $249,040. Saturday, he will carry high weight of 123 pounds, including Cornelio Velasquez, as he leaves from post position 3 at 8-1 on the morning line.

Another who has had a light schedule in recent years is multiple graded stakes winner Redding Colliery, who in 2010 won the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap and the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup. The now 6-year-old son of Mineshaft ended the year with a third in the Grade 1 Clark and was promoted to second through a disqualification, and after having time off to deal with foot issues returned in November to finish sixth as the even-money favorite in the Swatara at Penn National.

"The race at Penn National was a two-turn race, and he got tired," said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "He's bigger and rounder than he was back when we first got him [in 2009] but he's been training well and he's ready to run."

Alan Garcia is aboard Redding Colliery, the 3-1 third choice on the morning line, from the outside.

Shipping in from the Mid-Atlantic is Eighttofasttocatch, the 2-1 second choice on the morning line who has won three of his last four, including the restricted Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park in December. Trained by Timothy Keefe, the 6-year-old Not For Love gelding will be ridden by Sheldon Russell from the rail.

Rounding out the field is supplemental entry Day of Destiny, claimed for $35,000 by trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal two starts back, and Stronach Stables' Thunder Ball, a winner of three straight who is making his American stakes debut.

 

The field for the $75,000 Evening Attire:

 

PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

Odds

1

Eighttofasttocatch (MD)

S Russell

120

T L Keefe

 2-1

2

I Want Revenge (KY)

R A Dominguez

118

R E Dutrow, Jr.

 7-5

3

Jimanator (KY)

C H Velasquez

123

M J Trombetta

 8-1

4

Day of Destiny (KY)

I Ortiz, Jr.

116

D Shivmangal

30-1

5

Thunder Ball (FL)

H Vega

116

J Corrales

12-1

6

Redding Colliery (KY)

A Garcia

118

K P McLaughlin

 3-1

 

 

 

 

 

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