Six-year-old Well Fancied, who is coming off the biggest win of his career in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16, will tote highweight of 118 pounds in a field of 10 set for Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Well Fancied has won four of his last five starts dating back to last July with his only loss being a fifth-place finish in the Nov. 29 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) won by Congaree. The New York-bred son of Prosper Fager won three stakes last year, all at Belmont Park: the Evan Shipman Handicap, General Douglas MacArtur Handicap, and the Empire Classic Handicap.
Well Fancied got his final tune-up for the race Thursday morning with an easy half-mile breeze in :37 over Aqueduct's main track.
"He's doing very well," said trainer Richard Dutrow. "He didn't need to do a whole lot, just a little something to keep him on his toes."
In five seasons of racing for owners Sanford Goldfarb and J.S. Hoffman, Well Fancied has won 11 of 28 starts and earned $759,106.
Looming the main rival for Well Fancied in the seven-furlong contest is another veteran of New York stakes action--the 7-year-old gelding Peeping Tom. The Kentucky-bred son of Eagle Eyed won the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct in his second start of the year Jan. 24 and exits a fourth-place finish to Well Fancied in the Feb. 16 General George.
Reynolds attributed the pace scenario as the reason for Peeping Tom's loss.
"He got spun wide in the General George," Reynolds said. "It just wasn't his day. The winner set a controlled pace over a track that was holding speed. Well Fancied was as happy as a clam on the front end."
Owned by Flatbird Stable and trained by Patrick Reynolds, Peeping Tom has won 13 of 44 career starts in five seasons of racing and earned $1,318,031.
Also entered is Barry Schwarz's stakes-winner Papua. The 5-year-old son of Louis Quatorze has made one start this year, which was a win in the Hollie Hughes Handicap at Aqueduct for the second year in a row Feb. 15. Trained by Michael Hushion, Papua has won nine of 22 career starts and earned $380,305.
Filed for the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap:
1. Papua, P. Fragoso, 114
2. Don Six, S. Bridgmohan, 112
3. Peeping Tom, A. Smith, 117
4. Super Fuse, T. Dunkelberger, 113
5. Roaring Fever, J. Pimentel, 112
6. Unforgettable Max, M. Luzzi, 115
7. Well Fancied, E. Coa, 118
8. Gators N Bears, C.C. Lopez, 115
9. Black Silk, N. Arroyo Jr., 112
10. New York Hero, A. Gryder, 113