Paraneck Stable's exciting Redskin Warrior, impressive winner of the Best Turn Stakes, breezed a half in :47 2/5 at Aqueduct for Saturday's one-mile Gotham Stakes (gr. III), which also will attract the up-and-coming star, Eddington, who will be ridden for the first time by Edgar Prado.
Trained by Jennifer Pedersen, the son of Indian Charlie
has won his last three starts, all convincingly. The Gotham, however, will be his first start farther than six furlongs. He'll be ridden by Richard Migliore, who also worked the colt and who will be looking for his second big score in a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep in consecutive weeks after winning last Saturday's Florida Derby (gr. I) aboard Friends Lake.
"I wanted exactly what I got from him," Pedersen said. "I wanted to open up his lungs a little, and I wanted him wanting more. He galloped out so strong that Richie wasn't sure he would be able to pull him up. I'm glad we decided to stay here. With all this bad weather coming, it might have been tough shipping. It's a big step for him stretching out to a one-turn mile, but he has been doing everything we've asked of him and I'm happy where we're at."
"He's an extremely aggressive horse who always wants to do more than you want him to," Migliore said. "I had a very tough time pulling him up after the work. I thought I was going to have to go around again. If there is a concern, it's that he could be rank. But in his last work before the races, I got him to go a half in :52 on the way to a 1:28 seven furlongs. This morning was pretty cold and he had a little wind under his tail. He'll always be close up, but he's showing me signs that encourage me to think he will stretch out."
Eddington's trainer, Mark Hennig, said Prado will replace Jerry Bailey, who is riding Birdstone in the Lane'e End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park the same day. "Even if he gets beat on Saturday, I just want to use the race as a learning experience," Hennig said. "Many times, a horse will learn more in a defeat than he would in a victory. I'm not saying I want to lose, but I remember how much Personal Hope learned when he was beaten in the (1993) San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), then came back to win the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)."
Prado got a feel for Eddington last weekend, working him five furlongs in :59 at Gulfstream. Eddington and the remainder of Hennig's stable will ship to New York on Thursday.
Other expected starters in the Gotham are Deputy Storm, second in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III); Saratoga County, a troubled third in the Hutcheson; Fred "Cappy" Capossela winner Quick Action; and California shipper Pomeroy, who will be making his 3-year-old debut. The son of Boundary
was disqualified from first and placed third in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) at Turfway Park.