OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer John Terranova said he is hoping to make stakes winners out of the Eric Fein-owned bay colts Original and Breadman.
Original, a sophomore son of Quality Road, was third in the Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy on January 30 at Gulfstream Park last out. Terranova is pointing the Kentucky-bred to the $100,000 Woodhaven on April 17 at Aqueduct going 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Terranova said he plans on shipping stakes-placed New York-bred Breadman to Keeneland for the Grade 3, $150,000 Transylvania on April 2.
Original made his career debut over the Belmont Park main track going seven furlongs on October 11, finishing a distant eighth in a race which featured the second career starts of Kentucky Derby qualifiers Greatest Honour and Caddo River. He then switched over to a yielding outer turf at Aqueduct going 1 1/16 miles, where he led gate-to-wire over eventual winners Aviano and Crew Dragon.
After being eased in the one-turn mile Jerome on New Year’s Day at the Big A, Original shipped to Gulfstream Park and was a pacesetting third in the Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy on January 30 going one mile on turf.
Last seen racing a distant seventh in the open company Central Park on November 28 over a good inner turf at Aqueduct, Breadman earned black type after a debut win when finishing third in the Sleepy Hollow over the Belmont Park main track to next out winners Brooklyn Strong and Eagle Orb.
Original worked an easy half-mile in 50.01 Sunday morning over a fast Belmont Park training track, which was his second work back since his last start. Breadman worked a half-mile on Saturday in 50.45.
“Original is doing very well,” Terranova said. “Breadman worked yesterday morning. They’re both in good order.”
Bred by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, Original was bought for $425,000 from the OBS April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale last April, where Terranova’s wife and assistant Tonja signed the ticket. He is out of the unraced Empire Maker mare Unforgettable.
Breadman, bred in New York by Newtownanner Stud, is out of the Arch mare Akris Queen. He was bought for $340,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling Sale in August 2019.
Long Lake Stable’s multiple stakes winner Stan the Man, who was a distant fifth in the Grade 3 Toboggan on January 20 last out, resumed serious business on Sunday morning over the Belmont Park training track with a half-mile work in 50.89 seconds.
Terranova said the veteran son of Broken Vow will likely would not race again until the 48-day Belmont Park spring meet, which runs April 22 through July 11.
“It was a nice and easy breeze,” Terranova said. “We’re just hanging out with him and figuring out what what’s out there for him in the spring. We’ll get a couple of more works into him and then figure it out from there. We’ll play it all by ear. He probably won’t run until Belmont.”
Stan the Man, bred in Kentucky by Emma Quinn, Dermot Quinn, Scott Pierce and Debbie Pierce, is a stakes winner at both one and two turns. He closed the curtains on his 5-year-old season with a victory in the nine-furlong Queens County in December 2019 at the Big A and won the restricted Tale of the Cat on August 20 going six furlongs at Saratoga.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has kept stakes-placed Freedom Fighter at the Terranova barn after a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Gotham on March 6. The son of Violence recorded his first work back on Saturday going a half-mile in 49.12 seconds.
“He’s been hanging out here with us since the Gotham and worked back yesterday. He’s doing real well,” Terranova said.
A possible target for Freedom Fighter could be the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore on April 3.
Aqueduct Stable Notes
Photo: Original breaking his maiden at Aqueduct, Nov. 14, 2020. (Chelsea Durand)