02/10/2012 5:15PM

Aqueduct: Peggy Jane trying two turns in Windswept Wing


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – After two victories sprinting on Aqueduct’s inner track, Peggy Jane will get a chance to show her ability around two turns when she heads a field of eight New York-bred 3-year-old fillies entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Windswept Wing Stakes at Aqueduct.

A $200,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-old in training auction last April, Peggy Jane has gone 2 for 3 for Barbara Banke’s Grace Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen.

She finished second to Agave Kiss when both fillies made debuted last October at Belmont Park. Agave Kiss went on to win two more races – including the Ruthless Stakes – while Penny Jane also won two straight, a maiden and a first-level allowance, both sprint races restricted to New York-breds.

The Windswept Wings is run at a mile and 70 yards around two turns.

“She seems pretty steady in her races,” Asmussen said by phone from Texas. “She looked like she was going well at the wire. It opens up a lot more opportunities if we can go further and I think she can.”

Ramon Dominguez will ride Peggy Jane from post 3.

Like Peggy Jane, Beautiful But Blue is attempting to stretch out off of two sprint victories. Beautiful But Blue, trained by Tom Bush, is a daughter of El Corredor and will break from the rail under Junior Alvarado, who won five races on Friday’s card.

Proud and Charming comes off a second-place finish to Lemon Splendor in the Swirlaway Stakes, run at a mile and 70 yards on Dec. 29.

Bird House, a daughter of Lime House, won a maiden race sprinting off a two-month layoff and now stretches out for trainer Gary Gullo.

* Beginning Wednesday, tracks in New York will be able to offer trifecta wagering on races where five betting interests leave the gate. Currently, there has to be six betting interests.

* Shkspeare Shaliyah, last in his dirt debut in the Count Fleet Stakes on Jan. 7, worked three furlongs in 36.28 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont training track.

Trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal said that Shkspeare Shaliyah could make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes on turf at Gulfstream. Shivmangal also may explore the possibility of trying Shkspeare Shaliyah on synthetics in a race like the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park on March 3.