Alysweep Runs Down 'Jim at Aqueduct

(from track report)
Michael Dubb's Alysweep overcame an early slip, sweeping outside of favored Philadelphia Jim and drawing off to a 1 ½-length victory in the $79,800 Fred "Cappy" Capossela for 3-year-olds Monday at Aqueduct.

Formerly known as The Swift, the six-furlong "Cappy" was the Big A's feature on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Chasing a hot pace of :22 1/5 and :46, Unswept made the lead, but only temporarily, as Philadelphia Jim came on in the stretch to the delight of chalk players in the crowd of 5,022.

Alysweep, however, was never rushed after he momentarily lost his footing and benefited from a ground-saving trip from jockey Richard Migliore. He came back on widest of all to win in 1:11 1/5 on the fast track. He returned $8.90.

"He actually slipped coming out of the gate and it took him four or five strides to recover," Migliore said. "I didn't want to nudge him up there, so I gathered him up and sat in the pocket. I knew we were winners at the three-eighths pole. He got by the 4-horse (Philadelphia Jim) pretty easily, waited a bit and then took off again. I thought he was real impressive."

It was the third win in five starts for Alysweep, a son of End Sweep who has now won three in a row since trainer Patrick Reynolds claimed him for $75,000 on Dec. 15.

"He looks like he's for real," Reynolds said. "I guess he slipped because the track is pretty loose. He doesn't have any quit in him. All he wants to do is run. He had no problem rating today, and I would like to stretch him out off of this."

(Chart, Equibase)