Gone Astray, Haynesfield highlight Discovery
It was over the inner track last winter that Haynesfield established himself as a horse to watch, and the Steve Asmussen trainee will be looking for his first graded stakes win in the Discovery. The New York-bred colt assembled three straight stakes wins at the Big A beginning with the Damon Runyon at the end of his two-year-old season in December, followed smartly by the Count Fleet and the Whirlaway, all races the colt won by open lengths.
After a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct in March, his first start in graded company, Haynesfield was given nearly seven months off. He returned to the races in the Sir Keys S. at Belmont on October 2, finishing second by a head, then won the $250,000 Empire Classic in state bred company three weeks later.
"It's the next step, and we'll see how it goes," said Toby Sheets, assistant to Asmussen. "He worked well on Monday and we know he likes Aqueduct."
Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard for all of Haynesfield's previous stakes victories, has the return call aboard the 5-2 second choice on the morning line, who will tote 117 pounds.
Darley Stable's PRECURSOR (A.P. Indy) is also looking to step up in the Discovery following a win in the Proud Truth S. in the slop at Aqueduct on October 28.
"He's coming off a nice win," trainer Tom Albertrani said. "He took advantage of the fact that there was no pace in that race, and he does like the mud. We hope he can take the next step up from overnight stakes to graded stakes."
BAD ACTION (Brahms), winner of the November 6 Pegasus S. (G3) at the Meadowlands in his last outing, is also entered, and last-out allowance winners BIRDRUN (Birdstone) and REDDING COLLIERY (Mineshaft) round out the field.
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