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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

START WATCHING THE DERBY CONTENDERS!!

Whirlaway S.
Purse: $100,000 Distance: 8.5 Furlongs Age: 3-Year-Olds
Track: Aqueduct-Saturday, February 6, 2010 @ 4:00 PM ET

Three Day Rush to Whirlaway

David Grening,
Daily Racing Form

Trainer Todd Pletcher trains Tiger's Rock for Starlight Partners, an ownership group headed by Jack and Laurie Wolf. That trainer-owner combination will be represented again in Saturday's $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes with Three Day Rush, who will attempt two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Three Day Rush, a son of Harlan's Holiday, whom the Wolfs won the Florida Derby with in 2002, comes off a front-running victory in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream on Jan. 9.

"We're not a hundred percent he wants to go that far, but the basic idea that Jack Wolf and I talked about is let's go ahead and answer the question now instead of later," Pletcher said about the colt's distance capabilities. "If he does handle the two turns, then we got a lot of options. If he doesn't, then we can back up and focus on the shorter races."

Three Day Rush is out of the unraced mare Predictress, who is a half-sister to Prophet's Warning, who won the 1998 Ladies Handicap at 1 1/4 miles over the inner track.

A short field is expected for the Whirlaway, led by Eightyfiveinafifty, a 17 1/2-length maiden winner going six furlongs on Jan. 9. Others likely to run include Papa's Nice Cat, second in a New York-bred allowance last out, and Turbo Speed, who finished third in the Count Fleet, his first start around two turns.

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