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"Big Horse" Delosvientos back for another Brooklyn

ELMONT, N.Y. – First-time visitors to Belmont Park are always taken aback by the size of the place. The main track, at a mile and half around, is the largest in North America. Naturally, it makes quite an impression.

The same may be said for Giuseppe Iadisernia’s Delosvientos. He’s big, impressive and he’s back at Belmont Park on Friday, where he will try to become the first horse since Waquoit in 1987-88 to win back-to-back runnings of the Grade 2, $2000,000 Brooklyn Handicap at a mile and a half. Only Discovery (1934-’36), and Forego (1974-’76) have won three consecutive Brooklyn Handicaps. Triple Crown winner Assault won it in 1947 and 1949.

Friday’s 121st running of the Brooklyn Handicap is the last and feature race on a 10-race live card that also includes the 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Hill Prince for three-year-olds at a mile on the turf. Wagers on the Brooklyn Handicap/Belmont Stakes Double will be taken up to post time for the Brooklyn (5:49 p.m.)

A 6-year-old gelded son of the Brazilian-bred Siphon, Delosvientos has eight wins from 15 starts. There are no seconds, no thirds. When he runs his race, he’s on the lead and he either wins or he doesn’t. He will carry top weight on Friday of 120 pounds, conceding from two to six pounds to each of his nine rivals.

The Brooklyn, which he won last year by two lengths, fits Delosvientos to a tee. He has won four of five starts at the 1½-mile distance and has won two of three Belmont Park starts.

“He’s been great fun for us,” said Joseph Iadisernia Jr., a Florida State University student who is also is his father’s assistant. “He is huge and he is just great to be around. We’re not frustrated by him at all. He’s a tough horse and he always tries.”

Iadisernia, whose father came from Venezuela and eventually settled in South Florida to train horses, said Delosvientos has never been asked to rate.

“I’m sure he could rate if we asked him to, but we kind of let him run his own race,” Iadisernia said. “My father’s philosophy is, `Don’t overwork the horse,’ and he has stuck by that. His races are well-spaced, and that’s why he runs strong when he’s fresh.”

The exception to this rule was Delosvientos’ last race, when he finished last in the slop here on May 7. It was his only loss at a mile and a half.

“I don’t think the rain or the slop was an issue,” Iadisernia said. “It was his first race back [after winning Aqueduct’s Gallant Fox Handicap on December 31], and I think the layoff was more the reason he ran like he did. But he is doing real well right now, and he’s been at Belmont for about a week. Hopefully, he’ll run as big a race as he did last year.”

Trainer Tom Albertrani won three stakes races here in May -- the Grade 3 Nassau County with Flashing, the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay with Criticism (GB) and Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point with Gozzip Girl – and will send Darley Stable’s Ea and Barrier Reef in the Brooklyn.

Ea, who will break from the rail, has one win and three seconds in four starts this year. Barrier Reef, a 4-year-old Mizzin Mast colt, has won three of four starts this year, all at Aqueduct.

A dangerous horse here could be Edward P. Evans’ Nite Light. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he was fifth in the Brooklyn last year and then did not start again until May 24, when he ran second at Monmouth Park. Prior to last year’s Brooklyn, the Thunder Gulch horse won four of five starts with one second.

NEWCOMERS WILL DRAW ATTENTION IN HILL PRINCE

With nine horses entered in the main body and Dubinsky entered for the main track only, the Hill Prince is loaded with horses that have shown talent in tough company. Phipps Stable’s Conservative, for instance, won two in a row and then closed wide to run second in the Grade 2 Lexington over Keeneland’s Polytrack on April 18.

But there are cases to be made here for Wertheimer EtFrere’s Affirmatif and Earle I. Mack’s Elmfield Boy.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Affirmatif has won two of three starts on three different turf courses. The Unbridled’s Song colt won the Woodlawn at Pimlico at the Hill Prince distance.

Elmfield Boy, by 2002 Belmont Stakes runner-up Medaglia d’Oro, has had only two starts, but won both. He debuted on turf at Newcastle last June, and in his first start in this county, won a Presque Isle allowance on a synthetic surface on May 9 for new trainer Steve Klesaris.

Dogwood Stable’s Lime Rickey tried the dirt in Aqueduct’s Grade 1 Wood Memorial and ran last. Back on turf, the Frank Alexander-trained son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid won a one-mile allowance here in his last start.

 

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