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Aqueduct: Kelli Got Frosty has easier task in Beru Stakes
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Kelli Got Frosty ran into the buzz saw known as Princess of Sylmar when she finished second in the Busher Stakes here last month.
There is no one of that ilk entered against Kelli Got Frosty in Sunday’s $75,000 Beru Stakes at Aqueduct. The Beru, run at a mile and 70 yards, is restricted to 3-year-old fillies who have not won an open stakes race. Kelli Got Frosty is a two-time stakes winner against New York-bred competition.
At 2, Kelli Got Frosty won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes going six furlongs before coming back to win the East View by 9 1/2 lengths in a one-turn, one-mile race over Aqueduct’s main track.
In her first two-turn attempt, Kelli Got Frosty chased a slow pace in the Busher but was no match for Princess of Sylmar, who drew clear for a seven-length victory, her fourth consecutive blowout win.
“She hooked a very good filly, and I was happy that she was able to hold on for second,” trainer Rudy Rodriguez said. “She was second after a two-month layoff; she maybe needed one.”
Rodriguez said Kelli Got Frosty is the biggest horse he has in the barn, and it takes her a little bit of time to get her stride going. She has been forwardly placed in most of her races, but Rodriguez doesn’t feel like she has to have the lead.
“She can sit; she doesn’t need the lead,” he said. “I’d just like to see her get into a nice rhythm.”
Cornelio Velasquez will ride Kelli Got Frosty from post 5.
Rodriguez also entered Grand Mere back, but she wasn’t likely to run. Grand Mere won a starter allowance by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday, and Rodriguez doesn’t feel she is one who would relish running back on short rest.
Girl Code, Miss Da Point and Carameaway are all coming off victories.
Girl Code has run well twice since being stretched out around two turns. She comes off a five-length victory in a maiden race here Jan. 31 and is likely to attempt to set the pace after breaking from the rail under David Cohen. Girl Code is the first starter for trainer Danny Gargan.
Miss Da Point also has excelled in two-turn races over the inner track, winning a restricted stakes Dec. 31 and then an optional-claiming event Feb. 15. Rajiv Maragh, just back from injury, has the mount, taking over for apprentice Keibar Coa.
Let Me Entertain U, who finished a half-length behind Kelli Got Frosty in the Busher Stakes, gets Lasix for the first time Saturday. Jose Ortiz rides for trainer Tom Albertrani.
Horsin’ Around stretches out around two turns for the first time for Mike Hushion. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides.
Last year's fourth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (Went the Day NOT SO Well) finished 5th out of 6th today in a NW2X Allowance for NY Breds at Aqueduct. I am sure Irwin will blame Junior Alvarado for having WTD Not So W, wide the entire race, but a horse that finishes 4th in the Kentucky Derby should be able to beat NW2X NY Bred Allowance horses racing along the outside fence. West Point Thoroughbreds 11 wins so far this year. Team Valor 2 wins.
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