01/06/2013 6:22PM

Aqueduct: Sunny Desert extends winning streak to six by taking Cat Cay

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Sunny Desert, under Ramon Dominguez, handles two turns in the Cat Cay.

Sunny Desert proved she could go two turns as she ran her winning streak to six with a one-length victory in Sunday’s $67,500 Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct.

Moon Philly finished second by 1 1/2 lengths over Morrow Cove.

The race was marred by the breakdown of Wildcat’s Smile - who suffered a condylar fracture and sesamoid fracture to her right foreleg and had to be euthanized on the track. Wildcat’s Smile, who went down at the three-sixteenths pole while setting the pace, was a winner of 4 or 14 starts and earned $420,321 for owner/breeder Francis Paolangeli and trainer Dominic Galluscio.

Irad Ortiz, the rider of Wildcat’s Smile did get up, but was taken to North Shore University Hospital to have his left ankle evaluated.

Sunny Desert, a 4-year-old daughter of Wild Desert, was making her first start around two turns after winning her five previous starts in one-turn races ranging in distance from 6 1/2 furlongs to one mile.

Ramon Dominguez had Sunny Desert inside early on as Wildcat’s Smile set fractions of 25.64 seconds, 50.20, and 1:13.59. Wildcat’s Smile fell at the three-sixteenths, and Sunny Desert came outside of Moon Philly and outfinished that one to the wire.

Sunny Desert, owned by Max and Saul Kupferberg and trained by John Parisella, covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.46 and returned $4.30 as the even-money favorite. She is now 6 for her 11 in her career.

“It’s bittersweet because Dominic is like family to me,” said Parisella, referring to Dominic Galluscio, the trainer of Wildcat’s Smile. “According to Dominguez they weren’t going to beat her no matter what happened. He said he never asked her to run.”

Parisella said he would keep Sunny Desert in route races at least for the inner track season.

Sunny Desert was one of two favorites who won in a pick six sequence that returned $16,229 to 21 winning tickets.

There was a two-day carryover of $99,787 entering the card and an additional $423,499 was wagered into the pool.

The winning sequence of 1-4-7-6-3-8 consisted of Maleeh ($5.80), Our Mary Elizabeth ($12.40), Rambling ($6.40), Photon ($8.10), Sunny Desert ($4.30), and Azasecret ($8.50).

Aqueduct is dark Monday and Tuesday and live racing resumes on Wednesday.

Favorite euthanized after fracturing foreleg

Bomber Boy, the 3-2 favorite who was pulled up and vanned off in Sunday’s seventh race, was later euthanized due to a sesamoid fracture in his right foreleg.

Bomber Boy was a 5-year-old son of Bernardini who had won his previous two starts. He had been claimed two races back for $15,000 by trainer Rudy Rodriguez and owners Michael Imperio and Nassau CC Stables.