Day Pass Tops Rescheduled Nashua Line-Up

(from Aqueduct report)
Impressive debut winner Day Pass makes his highly anticipated second start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the $100,000-added Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at one mile at Aqueduct Friday.

The Nashua, the co-featured eighth race on a program that also includes the Tempted (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies, drew eight colts. Both the Nashua and Tempted carry $100,000-added purses and were brought back from last Sunday's program, which was canceled due to high winds.

Day Pass, a $725,000 2-year-old purchase by Five Star Day, turned in a sensational maiden victory Oct. 7 at Belmont Park. Off last of nine, Day Pass launched a steady advance around the far turn, thundered into the stretch four wide and gamely ran down his entry mate, Media City, to win going away. A gray colt, he completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.

"The best part about it is he wants to go a lot farther than 5 ½ furlongs," said McLaughlin, who toyed with the idea of entering Day Pass in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). "Stretching out, I think a one-turn mile will be perfect for him. He's got a great mind and he's so talented. I love him."

All six entrants in the Nashua are eligible for a first-level allowance race.

"The only bad part about putting him in the Nashua is the timing," McLaughlin said. "He's got 22 days from the maiden win which isn't awful, but I wish he had another week or so. I do think he's doing unbelievable, he looks great and he's put on weight since his first race."

Owned by Darley, Day Pass drew post 2 with jockey Fernando Jara. He should show a bit more speed stretching out to a mile.

A few days after WinStar Farm announced they were raising the 2007 stud fee of Distorted Humor  to $225,000, Cowtown Cat makes his stakes debut for champion trainer Todd Pletcher, who won his race last year's with WinStar's Bluegrass Cat.

Purchased as a 2-year-old in training for $1.5 million, Cowtown Cat is one for two. He finished a narrow fifth in his debut Aug. 16 at Saratoga then broke his maiden impressively Sept. 8 at Belmont Park. Like Day Pass, Cowtown Cat should appreciate stretching out from 5 ½ furlongs to one mile.

"We've always regarded him as one of our better prospects," Pletcher said. "It looks like both his races have been pretty key and a lot of horses have exited them to run well. He should like the mile."

Cowtown Cat, who brings some serious speed to the Nashua, drew post 5 with jockey John Velazquez.

Trading Star goes out for trainer Rick Violette Jr., who won the Nashua three years ago with Read the Footnotes. A colt by Hennessy, Trading Star finished fourth in a rich maiden race on the Travers undercard at Saratoga, then won a Belmont Park maiden convincingly Sept. 30. Owned by Klaravich Stables and others, Trading Star should play out as the inside speed from the rail.

The Nashua did get a bit tougher the second time around as stakes winners Adore the Gold and Xchanger drew into the field. Adore the Gold, a colt by Formal Gold, is undefeated in a pair of starts for Delaware-based trainer Mike Gorham. Adore the Gold recently won the Dover at Delaware Park.

Xchanger scored in Monmouth's Grade 3 Sapling in September, but failed in last month's Champagne when running sixth. He goes out for trainer Mark Shuman.

$100,000-added Nashua Stakes (gr. III), 2-Year-Olds, One Mile
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Adore the Gold, Joe Rocco, 122
2. Xchanger, Joe Bravo, 122
3. Cowtown Cat, John Velazquez, 116
4. Sightseeing, Edgar Prado, 116
5. Trading Star, Javier Castellano, 116
6. Pink Viper, Alan Garcia, 116
7. Day Pass, Fernando Jara, 116
8. Sipsey, Eddie Martin Jr., 116