02/25/2005 12:00AM

Amazing Buy no 2-5 shot now

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Amazing Buy (rail) holds on for a nose victory over Take a Check in the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel. The narrow win stretched her streak to three.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Amazing Buy, purchased by Paraneck Stable last February for $350,000, goes for her fourth straight win when she heads a field of six in Sunday's Busher Stakes at Aqueduct.

Under the allowance conditions of the $75,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Amazing Buy will shoulder 122 pounds - two more than Pelham Bay, and four more than Ms. Litigator, Winning Season, Neverlacken, and Pretty Partisan.

Trained by Jennifer Pedersen, Amazing Buy has been favored in each of four starts since beginning her career on the inner track in December. Following a third-place finish at 9-5 in her debut, she was bet to 3-5 and drew off to a lengthy maiden victory at six furlongs.

Two weeks later, stretched out to win the two-turn Busanda Stakes at prohibitive odds of 2-5. She was the same price last time out in Laurel's Wide Country Stakes and looked home free after opening a clear lead in midstretch, but drifted out thereafter and was fully extended to prevail by a nose.

"She showed me she doesn't want to get beat," said jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., attempting to put a positive spin on Amazing Buy's stretch shenanigans.

Amazing Buy breaks from post 3 on Sunday and will wear blinkers for the first time. She doesn't figure to be 2-5 again, even though she has already beaten three of her rivals.

were second and third, respectively, in last month's Busanda, beaten less than three lengths by Amazing Buy despite some trouble at the start. Pelham Bay hit the side of the gate, and Pretty Partisan bobbled.

Either New York-bred filly can make things interesting with a better break, and it's noteworthy that Pretty Partisan, though prone to slow starts, has gained ground in deep stretch in each of her four starts.

"For her to come again in all her races and persevere says a lot about her," said trainer Tim Hills. "She's strong and masculine and looks like a colt. She'll run no matter what the footing."

In with a big chance is Winning Season, who has been freshened since winning the restricted Raging Fever Stakes here just over 10 weeks ago. She was odds-on in that race, on the strength of a third-place finish behind multiple stakes winner Sis City in the Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Neverlacken was a distant third behind Amazing Buy first time out on New Year's Day, but has shown steady improvement to win two subsequent starts for trainer Richard Violette Jr., and figures to be a strong part of the early pace.