11/26/2011 4:24PM

Aqueduct: Disposablepleasure overcomes stumble, objection to win Demoiselle Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Disposablepleasure falls on her face at the start of the Demoiselle.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – When Disposablepleasure fell on her face coming out of the starting gate of Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct, trainer Todd Pletcher had flashbacks to the 2007 Belmont Stakes.

“The only thing I thought of was maybe it was Rags to Riches again,” said Pletcher, referring to the filly who stumbled at the start of Belmont Stakes but managed to defeat Preakness winner Curlin.

While the stakes were not nearly as high Saturday, the result was the same as Disposablepleasure was somehow able to overcome her disastrous start to rally from last under Ramon Dominguez and win the Demoiselle by a nose over Wildcat’s Smile. It was 2 3/4 lengths back to Bourbonstreetgirl in third.

The suspense didn’t end at the wire, however. Disposablepleasure had to withstand an objection from David Cohen, the rider of Bourbonstreetgirl who felt Dominguez interfered with his filly around the far turn. The stewards took a long time to make a decision, but ultimately let the result stand, saying it did not affect the outcome of the race.

“I thought we were okay, because we never made any contact,” said Pletcher, who trains Disposablepleasure for Glencrest Farm. “The other filly shied away from her a bit when she moved out.”

Dominguez said his filly “outbroke herself,” which is what caused her to stumble so badly. Dominguez immediately guided Disposablepleasure to the rail, and she saved ground behind the pace of 23.85 seconds and 48.31 for the half-mile set by Wee Party.

Disposablepleasure gradually moved into contention, but leaving the half-mile pole, horses started backing up in front of her, prompting Dominguez to take her into the four path, which forced Bourbonstreetgirl into the five path.

Disposablepleasure was then behind a wall of horses coming to the quarter pole, found a seam between Wee Party and Wildcat’s Smile in deep stretch, and despite tiring badly late, she was able to outlast Wildcat’s Smile.

“She probably would have won by the same margin [11 lengths] that she broke her maiden by, if it wasn’t for all the drama,” Dominguez said.

Disposablepleasure, a daughter of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.10 and returned $4.50 as the favorite.

“She’s got a lot of natural ability, but she showed she’s got some heart and desire to go along with it,” said Pletcher, who won his third Demoiselle. “For any horse to win and overcome all that and going a mile and an eighth for the first time is impressive, but you don’t see too many 2-year-old fillies do that.”

Cohen said he felt the incident around the far turn impacted Bourbonstreetgirl’s chances.

“I really felt like it slowed my horse’s momentum down, and she took a couple of bad steps and from that point never was running the way she was,” Cohen said. “It definitely cost me a good position in the race.”

◗ In the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen, O’Prado Again, under Kent Desormeaux rallied from off the pace to wear down Souper Speedy to win by three-quarters of a length. Souper Speedy held second by a head over El Padrino, who finished a head in front of Done Talking.

O’Prado Again, a son of El Prado owned by Jerry Crawford’s Donegal Racing and trained by Dale Romans, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.01 and returned $16.80.