02/12/2012 5:50PM

Aqueduct: Beautiful But Blue wires Windswept Wings

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Beautiful But Blue leads gate to wire in the Windswept Wings Stakes at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Beautiful But Blue got to the front easily under Junior Alvarado and was allowed to dawdle on the lead through slow early fractions en route to a two-length victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Windswept Wings Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Peggy Jane, the 6-5 favorite, chased Beautiful But Blue all the way around the racetrack, but had to settle for second, 2 1/4 lengths clear of Mischief Maker.

Under Alvarado, Beautiful But Blue, making her first start around two turns, got away with fractions of 24.52 seconds for the quarter, 49.57 for the half, and 1:15.05 for six furlongs. She covered a mile and 70 yards in 1:45.42 and returned $11.20 as the third choice.

It was the third straight win for Beautiful But Blue, a daughter of El Corredor owned and bred by Chester and Mary Broman and trained by Tom Bush.

“I had a lot of horse and I had to take her back all the way or go the lead,” Alvarado. “I had ridden the filly before and knew she had enough speed to get out real quick. I went to the lead and tried to relax her, and she did everything else by herself.”