Updated on 02/25/2012 6:49PM

Aqueduct: Great Gracie Dane, Opus A hard to separate in Hildy's Grey; $113,726 pick-six carryover awaits

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Opus A, winning the We'll Sea Ya overnight stakes, will be a prime contender against similar competition in Sunday's Hildy's Grey.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Coming off impressive victories in mid-January, Great Gracie Dane and Opus A will vie for favoritism in Sunday’s $75,000 Hildy’s Grey overnight stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Sunday's card will feature a $113,726 pick-six carryover as the bet went unhit for the second consecutive day Saturday.

Great Gracie Dane has run twice on dirt since owner Eric Fein transferred her to Richard Dutrow Jr. last fall, and won both times as much the best. She returned from an eight-week layoff to take a sloppy off-the-turf route at Belmont Park’s fall meet, and after an off-the-board finish on yielding turf Dec. 1, switched to the inner track to beat open optional $62,500 claiming company, earning a career-best Beyer Figure of 89.

“I was surprised as much as anybody,” said Dutrow. “I didn’t expect her to like the inner dirt track and run that big, but I was hoping she would.”

Since that breakthrough performance, Great Gracie Dane has had four workouts, capped by a bullet five furlongs on Tuesday.

“We’re not afraid of anybody in there,” said Dutrow. “We’re live.”

Although Opus A has previously recorded faster Beyers than the 81 she received for winning the We’ll Sea Ya overnight stakes Jan. 13, it was a quality effort. She stalked Lovely Lil – a 1-5 shot who was coming off a win in the Grade 2 Go for Wand – to the top of the stretch and steadily drew away to notch her first stakes win since the 2009 East View.

“She really took it to a nice filly that day, and we’re ready to roll again,” said trainer Rick Violette Jr. “There’s some other speed and she doesn’t have to be on the lead, but she does have the rail and we’re not going to take anything away from her that comes easy.”

The pacesetter could be Cody Samora, who makes her second start back from a layoff for John Morrison. All five of the mare’s six lifetime victories have come in wire-to-wire fashion.

The Chester Broman-owned entry of Mineralogist and Risk a Chance, each trained by John Kimmel, are as closely related as possible without being full sisters. Both are out of Seeking the Ante, and while Risk a Chance is by A.P. Indy, Mineralogist is by A.P. Indy’s son Mineshaft.

Ginger Snapit, a first-level allowance winner last out, and Lady Gracenote, stretching out from a runner-up finish in a six-furlong overnight stakes, complete the field.