Comma to the Top doing good following second race in a week
The Bernardini four-year-old entered the Tom Fool owning just one other stakes try and his only other off-the-board run: a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Holy Bull in January 2012.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez expressed no disappointment over Head Heart Hoof's third-place finish in the Tom Fool. The seven-year-old son of Intidab was exiting a half-length victory in the the Grade 3 Toboggan on February 2.
"It was one of the best races he's ever run," Rodriguez said of Head Heart Hoof's performance in the Tom Fool. "I was more impressed to see him hang around with that type of horses than what he did last time (in the Toboggan). I know last time he was a winner, but it looked like he had (Comma to the Top) beat. (Comma to the Top) was just better than us, but I was very, very happy with the way he ran. He was going very good, very comfortable.
"The last time (jockey Cornelio Velasquez) took a nice hold of him. Yesterday, (Velasquez) was able to let him relax and move along very comfortably with another horse. For a moment, it looked like he was going to sprint away from (Comma to the Top)."
Owner Mike Repole had two runners on Aqueduct's Saturday card -- Overanalyze (Dixie Union), who finished fifth in the Grade 3 Gotham, and New York-bred Johannesburg Smile (Johannesburg), the seventh-place finisher in the Tom Fool following a runner-up effort to Head Heart Hoof in the Toboggan.
"He pulled up well," said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "I think with yesterday's track he would have been better being forwardly placed -- with his running style, he wasn't going to get there. I think a little more distance is going to be in his near future. He looked like he was getting strongest about the time the wire hit, and I think a little more ground would have been our answer there."
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