11/04/2013 4:20PM

Aqueduct: Pick five includes two overnight stakes


The circuit’s recently instituted 50-cent pick five will be spiced up on Wednesday with a pair of $100,000 overnight stakes races for fillies and mares.

The Wednesday program, as well as the pick five, begins at 12:20 p.m. Eastern with the Trevita Stakes, which is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf. Race 3 is the Chip Stakes at six furlongs on the main track.

Progeny of top turf sire Kitten’s Joy were shut out at the Breeders’ Cup, and his 6-year-old daughter Deanaallen’skitten is the 7-5 morning-line choice against six others entered in the Trevita, which is restricted to nonwinners of a stakes race of any kind on grass.

When last seen at Saratoga, the Chad Brown-trained Deanaallen’skitten suffered from bad luck twice. She was shuffled back to last behind a slow pace and forced to circle widest in a $100,000 optional claiming race early at the meet. On closing weekend, she ran on an inside speed-favoring turf course, and rallied admirably to finish third behind Grade 1-winning stablemate Samitar, and Baffle Me, who returned to capture the Jazzy overnight stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 25.

Finishing second to Baffle Me in the Jazzy was Moment in Dixie, who was making her turf debut for Jimmy Toner, and finished willingly to equal her fastest performance on dirt last year. A homebred from the Phillips Racing Partnership, Moment in Dixie is from the last crop of Dixieland Band, who passed away in 2010 at age 30.

“I said, ‘Is it Dixieland Band or Dixie Union,’ ” Toner recalled when first told of the filly’s pedigree.

Sally’s Dream, who has made 22 starts and earned $266,302 since being claimed for $16,0000 by owner-trainer Randi Persaud here last fall, looms a solid threat. The New York-bred filly comes off a heart-breaking nose loss in the Ticonderoga Stakes, and won twice over the Big A turf a year ago, including her first start for Persaud.

Sixth and Arch and Daylight Ride squared off at Penn National, Delaware Park, and Presque Isle Downs earlier this year. Sixth and Arch beat Daylight Ride each time, but the latter could be a sentimental play, as trainer Jonathan Sheppard also campaigned Trevita, the race’s namesake, to win the Flower Bowl and the Beaugay in New York in the early 1980s.

A showdown at the O.K. Corral is shaping up in the Chip, as Five Star Momma and Ullapool both want the early lead, and they break from the two innermost stalls after winning second-level allowance sprints across town with identical 94 Beyer tops.

Five Star Momma “has been running huge numbers, the fastest of her career,” acknowledged trainer Jena Antonucci.

Ullapool returned from a layoff of nearly 13 months for Eddie Kenneally, and upped her record at Belmont to five wins from six starts. She has never won anywhere else, however, and has never won without the early lead.

Cape Cod Carol, a steady-going New York-bred in the midst of a fine season, breezed a bullet half-mile last week for Jim Ryerson, and could sit a nice trip breaking from the outside in a field of five.

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