Ami’s Flat­ter faces dozen in Bold Ruler

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By David Gren­ing

ELMONT, N.Y. – The Cana­dian-based trainer Josie Car­roll has made only two trips to Bel­mont Park in her ca­reer and doesn’t have fond mem­o­ries of ei­ther one. She hopes for a dif­fer­ent type of ex­pe­ri­ence when she sends out Ami’s Flat­ter here in Satur­day’s Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler.

Ami’s Flat­ter will be Car­roll’s third starter at Bel­mont. In 2001, Mapp Hill fin­ished sev­enth in the Grade 3 Flash Stakes. Ear­lier this year, Ami’s Flat­ter ran fifth in the Grade 1 Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap, 16 3/4 lengths be­hind the run­away win­ner, Frosted.

“I wasn’t ter­ri­bly happy with that race,” Car­roll said Wed­nes­day. “He got him­self out of po­si­tion, kind of stopped and started a cou­ple of times. I think he’s a bet­ter horse than what he showed in that race.”

Ami’s Flat­ter came out of the Met Mile to run fifth in the Grade 2 Play the King at Wood­bine on turf. Most re­cently, he fin­ished third be­hind top Breed­ers’ Cup Sprint con­tender A. P. In­dian in the Grade 2 Phoenix at six fur­longs at Keeneland.

“We were so happy with his run in the Phoenix, and that was a race that was a lit­tle short for him,” Car­roll said.

Ami’s Flat­ter, who will be rid­den by John Ve­lazquez, drew post 8 in a 13-horse field en­tered Wed­nes­day for the Bold Ruler, which could be used as a step­ping-stone to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 26.

Stall­walkin’ Dude, com­ing out of a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Grade 1 Vos­burgh, is the 121-pound high­weight in the Bold Ruler. He drew post 6. The 3-year-old Eco­nomic Model, the run­ner-up in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27, drew post 4.

The oth­ers en­tered are Green Gratto, Three­fivein­dia, Gen­trify, My­lute, Lib­erty Hol­i­day, Dan­nie’s De­ceiver, Cadeyrn, Farhaan, Face of Win­ner, and Tou­chof­s­tar­qual­ity.

In­no­va­tive Idea’s tour of North Amer­ica makes a stop at Bel­mont Park on Satur­day, when the stakes-win­ning 4-year-old filly runs in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

In­no­va­tive Idea, a daugh­ter of Bernar­dini trained by Eoin Harty for Godol­phin Rac­ing, has raced this year at Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, Ar­ling­ton Park, Prairie Mead­ows, El­lis Park, and, most re­cently, Churchill Downs.

In­no­va­tive Idea won the Iowa Distaff at Prairie Mead­ows and the Grade 3 Groupie Doll at El­lis Park. She fin­ished third in the Grade 3 Lo­cust Grove on a muddy Churchill strip.

In­no­va­tive Idea looks like one of the main speed horses in a field of seven en­tered Wed­nes­day for the Turnback the Alarm. Her op­po­nents in­clude Esken­for­money, Flora Dora, Rachel’s Tem­per, the 3-year- old Lewis Bay, and the Gus­tavo Del­gado-trained un­cou­pled en­try of Linda Mimi and Smartly Agree.

Bonus Points recorded his only vic­tory in an off-the-turf maiden race at Bel­mont on Oct. 1. But he will be headed back to the turf in Satur­day’s $100,000 Awad Stakes for 2-year-old males at a mile.

Bonus Points, trained by Todd Pletcher, de­buted on turf, run­ning fourth be­hind Os­car Per­for­mance, who came back to win the Pil­grim Stakes. While Bonus Points was beaten a to­tal of 11 1/4 lengths in his de­but, he was beaten only a length for sec­ond.

“He ran pretty well first time out, bet­ter than it looks,” Pletcher said.

Bonus Points drew post 3 in a nine-horse field and will be rid­den by John Ve­lazquez. Also in the field are Bookew Bucks, D’yer Maker, Frost­mourne, Har­lan’s Har­mony, Heaven Is Wait­ing, Hot and Heavy, Royal by Na­ture, and Un­du­lated.


Ami’s Flat­ter most re­cently was third in the Grade 2 Phoenix.

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