Count Fleet Starts New York Road Toward Triple Crown

The voyage to the Triple Crown is a long, demanding trip that starts in New York Saturday with the $75,000 Count Fleet for 3-year-olds going 1 mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct.

John and Susan Moore's Iron Deputy has two wins from three starts and his only loss came in the first start of his career when he was beaten a head after opening up a three-length lead in the stretch. The Silver Deputy colt scored his first stakes win by four lengths in the Nov. 25 Huntington.

Iron Deputy will be making his first start around two turns after racing exclusively at six furlongs.

Looking to challenge Iron Deputy will be Star Racing Stable's D'Coach, named for former New York Giants and New York Jets coach Bill Parcells, makes his second start around two turns in the Count Fleet.

After breaking his maiden first out, the Dehere colt was second to a loose-on-the-lead winner going a mile on Dec. 7th. D' Coach rallied late and made up 6 1/2 lengths in the stretch, but that was not enough for the win.

The field for the Count Fleet includes: Pal's Partner (Alex Cole, 116); Oswayo (Aaron Gryder, 120); Netcong (Julian Pimentel, 116); Iron Deputy (Richard Migliore,116); Hero's Glow (Rodrigo Madrigal Jr., 116); No Parole (Shaun Bridgmohan, 116); Saratoga Blues (Mario Pino, 118); White Ibis (Robbie Davis, 120); D' Coach (Javier Castellano, 116); and Dr. Rockett (Jose Velez Jr., 116).