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Wall Street Wonder Takes Toboggan

Wall Street Wonder continued to reward the confidence of his connections Saturday afternoon, capturing the 117th running of the Grade 3 Toboggan at Aqueduct after a hard-fought stretch battle with the very game Custom for Carlos.

 

The Toboggan was the first graded stakes race run in New York this year, and the first graded win for the 4-year-old son of City Place, who spent much of his sophomore season sprinting on the turf.

 

After pressing early leader Custom for Carlos through a quarter mile in 22.76, Wall Street Wonder put a head in front for a half in 45.78.  The pair battled through the stretch, but Wall Street Wonder prevailed by a neck at the wire.

 

His final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.88 over a fast track.


"He's the kind of horse who will keep his head in front,” said jockey Channing Hill, who had ridden Wall Street Wonder to an 8½-length score in the Paumonok on January 23, in which the horse earned a 109 Beyer Speed Figure, the fastest sprint number in the nation to date. “Today, he got a real class test with Custom for Carlos, and he passed."

 

“He showed no ill-effects from running so fast last time,” said Tonja Terranova, assistant to trainer John Terranova.  “Once he breezed last week and went tremendously, we knew that we’d run him.  This was a very big effort on our horse’s part and we’re really proud of him.”

 

Wall Street Wonder has now won three straight and Terranova said he would be pointed toward the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct on April 3. 

 

Sent off as the favorite, Wall Street Wonder returned $4.70 and pushed his earnings to $216,341 for Stetson Stables. 

 

Driven by Success was third and Elusive Warning and Crimson Comic completed the order of finish.

 

One race earlier, in the $65,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela, jockey Jorge Chavez sent longshot Castaneda out to wire the field and win by three lengths.

 

“It was not my thought to come into this race, but when we heard it was going to be a light field, we decided to enter.  This horse has just found himself sprinting,” said Gary Contessa, who trains the 3-year-old Yonaguska gelding for John Moirano, Harold Lerner LLC, and Team Stallion Racing Corp.

 

Castaneda ran six furlongs in 1:10.48 and returned $14.20 as the longest shot on the board in the field of four, reduced by the scratches of Confidence Crisis and Westover Wildcat. 

 

Strapping Groom was second, with Golden Ghost and Liston completing the order of finish. 

 

Castaneda broke his maiden over the inner track just two weeks ago, running off to a 6¼-length score in a maiden race at the Capossela distance.  Contessa said the horse might get some time off, but that he would also consider a start in the Grade 3 Bay Shore on the Wood Memorial undercard at Aqueduct on April 3.    

 

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