01/14/2005 12:00AM

Amazing Buy draws high praise


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Amazing Buy may be the least accomplished of the six 3-year-old fillies entered in Sunday's $75,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct. She may also be the most talented.

, a 10 1/2-length maiden winner on New Year's Day, will face winners and try two turns for the first time in the Busanda, a mile and 70-yard stakes over the inner track.

Though she has only run twice, owner Ernie Paragallo believes Amazing Buy "is the best filly I've ever owned and I think she's got the potential to be one of the best horses I've ever owned.''

Paragallo purchased Amazing Buy, a daughter of High Yield, for $350,000 out of the Fasig Tipton 2-year-olds-in-training sales last February.

That's high praise, considering Paragallo owned champion Artax and the multiple Grade 1-winner Unbridled's Song.

Trainer Jennifer Pedersen said Amazing Buy wasn't 100 percent ready when she debuted on Dec. 12, finishing third as the 9-5 favorite. Three weeks later, Amazing Buy cruised to an easy maiden score, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

"She was short first time,'' Pedersen said. "She was fat as a house. We called her Miss Piggy. We couldn't get her weight down. She was naturally talented but quite heavy. You could see her change.''

Though she excelled going six furlongs, Paragallo believes going long "is what she wants to do. [Norberto] Arroyo said she relaxed on the lead and when he asked her at the quarter pole she exploded.''

Pelham Bay was unsuccessful when she tried two turns for the first time in the East View Stakes. But trainer Pat Kelly believes she had a legitimate excuse. One of the two speed horses stumbled leaving the gate, allowing Successfully Sweet to go gate to wire.

Pelham Bay came back to run second behind loose-on-the-lead winner Megascape in the six-furlong Ruthless Stakes on Jan. 2.

Pretty Partisan and Rahys' Appeal ran one-two in a New York-bred allowance race on Dec. 29. Pretty Partisan overcame a speed bias to run down Rahys' Appeal, who made the front in the final furlong.

Trainer Tom Bush is adding blinkers to Rahys' Appeal, saying she loafed after striking the lead in that race.