01/17/2012 2:46PM

Aqueduct: Bourbonstreetgirl back quick for Biogio's Rose Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bourbonstreetgirl is back on short rest for Thursday's Biogio's Rose Stakes.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Money makes the mare go, and it prompts a quick turnaround for Bourbonstreetgirl, who figures to be a slight favorite over Pennsylvania invader Love Contract in Thursday’s $75,000 Biogio’s Rose overnight stakes at a mile and 70 yards. Four others entered the Biogio’s Rose, restricted to 3-year-old fillies that have started for a claiming price.

Bourbonstreetgirl is a deep closer who made up a dozen lengths to win her debut on turf at Saratoga for a $75,000 tag. She finished well for third, despite trouble, when switched to dirt in the Grade 2 Demoiselle in late fall, and was then fifth in the Busanda in her seasonal bow.

“I wish it was three or four weeks instead of 11 days, but she came out of the race none the worse for wear, so we’re going to take a shot,” trainer Gary Contessa said. “She was a victim of no pace last time. They went the half in just about 50, and I said, ‘I’m dead.’ We ran our race, but when she kicked in and ran on, so did everybody else. Being that she’s a young filly with a bright future, I’m not willing to change her style of running. Some of the other contenders are sprinters with good numbers, and it’s just a matter of whether they can stretch out. I hope they can’t.”

Love Contract won or placed in all seven of her starts at 2, capped by a runner-up finish from off the pace in the $75,000 Blue Mountain Stakes at Penn National and two allowance wins in wire-to-wire fashion at Parx Racing after being claimed by David Geist.

Love Contract is the seventh winner out of Option Contract, whose best runner by far was Shake the Dice, a dyed-in-the-wool sprinter who won 19 races and more than $500,000. This will be Love Contract’s first try beyond seven furlongs.

“I don’t think two turns will be any problem, she always finishes up good,” Geist said. “We’ll find out about mile and 70 yards and two turns, but it looks like she ought to get a fairly comfortable front-end race.”

Hard Mystery, Lion Alexandra, and Peace Preserver, all maiden route winners in the fall, are capable of showing early speed.

Mill Branch Millie, a maiden winner for $50,000 sprinting in the mud at Belmont, completes the lineup.