11/09/2011 3:43PM

Aqueduct: Defending champ Mekong Melody among eight for Long Island Handicap

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Mekong Melody will attempt to repeat her 2010 success when the Woodbine-based horse returns to Aqueduct for Saturday's Long Island Handicap.

Headed by last year’s winner, Mekong Melody, and Glens Falls winner Emerald Beech, a field of eight fillies and mares was drawn for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, which is the final graded turf stakes of the year in New York.

With weights and riders, the field from the rail out is: Unbridled Essence (Jose Lezcano, 114); Little Often Anni (Mike Luzzi, 113); Musical Rain (Ramon Dominguez, 115); Hasay (Pablo Morales, 115); Hit It Rich (Javier Castellano, 115); Emerald Beech (Alex Solis, 119); Mekong Melody (Rajiv Maragh, 117); and Akris Queen (Jacqueline Davis, 108).