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Friday, January 4
Affirmed Success shows up in allowance




JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Affirmed Success, a horse who isn't normally associated with winter racing in New York, showed up in Saturday's Aqueduct entries in a $56,000 classified allowance race.

Affirmed Success, a Grade 1 winner and top-class performer on dirt and turf at distances up to a mile, is one of seven older horses entered in the mile-and-70-yard race.

If Affirmed Success, an 8-year-old, runs well, there could be future inner track starts in his future, according to trainer Richard Schosberg.

Affirmed Success, a seven-furlong specialist, is a winner around two turns on the turf, but never on dirt. He has never raced over the inner track.

Schosberg had hoped to run Affirmed Success, who finished fifth in his last start, the Cigar Mile on Nov. 24, in a Laurel Park allowance race at seven furlongs, but the race failed to fill.

"He hasn't run this far [on the dirt] since he was 3 and ran in the Travers, but this will be a good test to see where we stand with him on the inner track," Schosberg said.

Schosberg said if Affirmed Success performs well, he might consider running the gelding back in the $100,000-added Aqueduct Handicap at 1 1/16 miles here Jan. 19. If not, there is the General George, a seven-furlong race at Laurel Park on Feb. 18. Affirmed Success won the 2000 General George.

"There's a lot of questions - he's giving weight, it's two turns on the dirt, and he's a year older," said Schosberg, who is mired in a slump and hasn't won a race in New York since Sept. 26. "Some of those questions will be answered Saturday."

Affirmed Success carries 123 pounds and will be ridden by Richard Migliore. He drew post 6.

Runspastum, Judge's Case, and Boston Party, the top three finishers in an allowance race at Aqueduct in November, also have been entered.

Judge's Case could be ready for a good effort after finishing second to Ground Storm, a nice-looking winner of a classified allowance race here on Dec. 16 who is being pointed to the Aqueduct Handicap.

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