Updated on 09/16/2011 7:05AM

With Ability moves up ladder


JAMAICA, N.Y. - With Ability, who had raced strictly in sprints until three starts ago, became a graded stakes winner around two turns in the $108,600 at Aqueduct on Friday.

With Ability, with Javier Castellano in the saddle, set an uncontested pace in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 3 Next Move and motored home a 5 1/4-length winner over Irving's Baby. Diversa finished third, two lengths behind Irving's Baby. Transcendental, the 8-5 favorite in the seven-horse field of fillies and mares, finished fourth without apparent excuse.

With Ability ($9.50) set fractions of 24.39 seconds, 48.09, 1:11:80, and 1:36.70 en route to a final time of 1:49.88 over a fast track.

With Ability, a daughter of A.P. Indy, had been sprinting until trainer Mark Hennig stretched her out to two turns in February. A 4-year-old owned by Edward Evans, With Ability responded with a runaway victory on the inner track in an allowance race after controlling the pace, and followed with a good second in another allowance route earlier this month.

Hennig, a three-time winner of the Next Move, said, "We were going to retire her, but then we decided we should try her around two turns before we did. She had a rough year last year. She has vision problems and she spent a lot of time last year with a needle in her eye."