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Aqueduct: Busher foe Kellie Got Frosty poses stiffer test for Princess of Sylmar
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – After dominating the competition in her last three starts, Princess of Sylmar could get a stern test Saturday when she meets the New York-bred stakes winner Kelli Got Frosty in the $100,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct.
Only five 3-year-old fillies were entered for the Busher – including three from trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable – but it looks to be a two-horse race on paper.
Princess of Sylmar, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Majestic Warrior, is 3 for 3 around two turns after finishing fourth in her debut sprinting.
Princess of Sylmar has won her last two starts over the inner track, beating stablemate – and Busher rival Kimono – by 5 1/4 lengths in a first-level allowance race on Dec. 13. She came back with an authoritative 7 1/2-length score in the Busanda on Jan. 5, a race which earned her 10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks. The Busher, run at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track, does not offer any qualifying points for the Oaks.
“It seems like the further she goes, the stronger she gets,” said Pletcher, who also sends out Kimono and Marcellina d’Oro. “She hasn’t had beautiful trips the last two times – buried inside, waiting on room. Once she found a seam in her last two starts she really pulled away.”
Javier Castellano, in from south Florida to ride Revolutionary for Pletcher in the Grade 3 Withers later on the card, will also ride Princess of Sylmar.
Pletcher said he hopes to use the Busher as a prep for the Grade 2 Gazelle here on April 6.
Kelli Got Frosty, a daughter of Frost Giant, has not raced since she won the East View Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths over the main track on Dec. 9. It was one of 3 wins form 5 starts during her 2-year-old season.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez said he went easy on Kelli Got Frosty following the East View, but he believes she’s coming into this race ready to fire off the two-month layoff.
“She’s doing very, very good. She’s happy. She’s ready,” said Rodriguez, who expects his filly to be forwardly placed by Cornelio Velasquez. “We got to worry about Todd. He’s got a horse for each race.”
Let Me Entertain U, a six-length maiden winner over the inner track completes the field.
Nicole H seeks another Correction
Nicole H will attempt to keep her perfect record over the inner track intact while getting in a prep for the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel when she runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Correction Stakes at six furlongs.
Nicole H is 5 for 5 over the inner track – all stakes – and seeks her second consecutive victory in this race. Nicole H, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley, has won three consecutive stakes since last October. She is coming off a 1 1/4-length victory in the Interborough – a race she has won three times – on New Year’s Day.
On Monday, Nicole H put in a sensational half-mile workout in 46.93 seconds, which was the fastest of 101 works over the Belmont Park training track that morning.
“Maybe as good as any work she’s ever had,” said Mike Hushion, who trains Nicole H for John Waken’s Gem Racing. “She can’t be doing much better.”
With Ramon Dominguez injured, Channing Hill picks up the mount on Nicole H, who will break from post 4.
If Hushion has a concern it’s that Nicole H has to carry top weight of 123 pounds, spotting three to seven pounds to the field. She will spot seven pounds to Cluster of Stars, a New York-bred filly who has won both of her career starts.
Singlet, third to Nicole H in the Interborough, is a two-time stakes winner over the inner track.
She will be coupled with North Freeway.
Crepsano and Ode to Sami complete the field.
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