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Achilles of Troy conquers Whirlaway

NEW YORK -- Achilles of Troy posted another dominant victory at Aqueduct with a 4 3/4 -length win in the Whirlaway Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

The colt raised his profile as a Kentucky Derby contender with an impressive follow up to the 14-length romp in the Count Fleet Stakes on Jan. 7.

In the Whirlaway, Achilles of Troy took charge on the final turn and cruised to the victory as the 1-5 favorite.

Ramon Dominguez, aboard for the first time for trainer Jennifer Pedersen and owner Ernie Paragallo, was impressed.

"As soon as I got to the top of the stretch, I shook him up and got an immediate response," Dominguez said. "In the stretch, once I knew he wasn't going to get beat, I put my hands down and he eased himself up. He's a real smart horse and he's got a great attitude."

Paragallo said the gray colt will make his next start at Gulfstream Park in Florida, with the $300,000 Fountain of Youth on March 4 the likely target.

The winning time for the 1 1-16 miles was 1:43.28 on the fast track.

Achilles of Troy paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. One Way Flight got second and returned $3.80 and $2.70. Rob'em Blind, the show horse, paid $4.30.

With a major snowstorm expected to hit, Aqueduct canceled today's racing card.


Shutout for Ayers as Crunch top Amerks

SYRACUSE -- Alexandre Picard scored two power-play goals and Mark Hartigan scored one and added three assists to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 6-0 win over the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League.

Mike Ayers stopped 33 shots for Syracuse (31-18-2-1).

Dan Fritsche, Andy Delmore, Greg Mauldin and Picard scored for Syracuse in the second period.

Rochester (26-22-1-1) pulled starting goalie Michael Leighton after the second period in favor of Jean-Marc Pelletier.

Picard scored his second goal just over three minutes into the third. The game's final minute turned ugly as players from both teams took turns at each whistle to fight an opponent, resulting in six fighting majors.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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