04/14/2010 1:22PM

Aqueduct: Fast and firm


  The penultimate week of Aqueduct's short 19-day spring meet kicks off with fast-and-firm conditions on an ideal weather day.

  The temporary rails are set at 9 ft. on the turf course.

  Through the first nine days, favorites were a strong 39 for 84 (46.4%) at this historically chalky session.

  The opener went to second choice Why Because ($9.20), who pressed odds-on Valuable Lady and wore that filly down through the stretch to prevail in a $7.5k sprint for non-winners of two lifetime.

  The same basement conditions are in place for the second half of the early double, this one for males.