Trainer Richard Dutrow is pulling out the big guns for Saturday's $75,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct. Dutrow has entered stable stars Here's Zealous and Late Carson in the six-furlong sprint event.
"Both horses are on the top of their game right now," Dutrow said. "I would have preferred to run Late Carson in a money allowance, but that race didn't go. The horses have different owners, and they both wanted to run, so why not?"
Here's Zealous began his career in California in 2000, then was sent to Dutrow by owners Mace, Jan and Samantha Siegel when they decided to have an East Coast presence.
The 5-year-old son of Dehere, Here's Zealous, who will carry 118 pounds in the Paumonok, has earned nearly $250,000 in his 13-race career and has finished worse than fourth only once in that span. Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has the mount for the Paumonok.
Late Carson, owned by Sandy Goldfarb and Ross and Tyler Belnap, is a 6-year-old gelded son of Carson City, who has bankrolled nearly $290,000 in his 22-race career. Javier Castellano has the mount on Late Carson, who will carry 114 pounds.
The Paumonok will mark the seasonal debut of Seymour Cohn's multiple graded-stakes winner Kashatreya. Now eight years old, the Daring Groom gelding is winless in seven starts since winning the Fall Highweight Handicap in 2000.
The field for the Paumonok includes: Kashatreya (Julio Pezua, 114); Fetch Dinner (Julian Pimentel, 112); Run Kush Run (Jose Bermudez, 110); Here's Zealous (Norberto Arroyo Jr., 118); Wrangler (Aaron Gryder, 113); Late Carson (Javier Castellano, 114); and Peeping Tom (Richard Migliore, 119).