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Aqueduct: Sunny Desert will be short-priced favorite in Broadway Stakes
By Dave Litfin
Sunny Desert, who was just under 2-5 when she won a division of the New York Stallion Series on the main track last fall, figures to be a similar price against four rival New York-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $75,000 Broadway Stakes.
Sunny Desert breaks from the rail in the six-furlong race and shoulders 123 pounds, spotting four to six pounds to Nicole’s Miss El, Lady On the Run, Here’s Zealicious, and Clear Pasaj.
If there is a chink to be found in Sunny Desert’s armor, it could be that she is winless from five tries at the distance, but those were also the first five races of her career, and she has come a long way since plucked out of a $35,000 maiden claimer by trainer John Parisella last winter. Beginning with a maiden victory by 15 1/4 lengths last spring at Aqueduct, the 4-year-old daughter of Wild Desert won six consecutive starts, including four stakes.
Sunny Desert’s winning streak finally came to an end four weeks ago, when she was third in the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap, but she ran well in defeat, missing second money in a photo and recording a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 88.
“Normally, I’d wait another couple of weeks to run her back, but she came out of the Top Flight very well,” Parisella said. “She showed what kind of real talent she has in that race, and now we’re going back to New York-breds. In this game, sometimes when you’re supposed to win, you get beat, but at least I feel going in she’s supposed to win.”
Lady On the Run, who won three stakes for trainer John Morrison in 2011-12, makes her seasonal debut and takes another crack at Sunny Desert after finishing a clear second behind her last November.
A deep closer, Lady On the Run could be aided by a potential speed duel between Here’s Zealicious and Clear Pasaj.
“She runs well fresh,” Morrison said. “We gave her the winter off, with the Broadway being her first start back, and everything has gone according to plan. It looks like a small but very competitive field.”
Here’s Zealicious rides a three-race win streak for breeder-owner-trainer Peter Kazamias and seems destined to hook up early with Clear Pasaj as both make their stakes debuts.
Clear Pasaj has won or placed in seven of eight starts on dirt for trainer Bruce Levine. “She’s really done nothing wrong since she hit the dirt,” Levine said. “She’s earned her opportunity. She tries hard every time.”
Always in a Tiz preps for Wood Memorial
Always in a Tiz, who ran fifth most recently in a sloppy renewal of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, breezed an easy five furlongs Thursday in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial.
Working over the Belmont training track, the Dominick Schettino-trained colt by Tiznow was timed in 1:03.35, the 10th-fastest time of 11 workouts at the distance.
Calvin Borel will ride Always in a Tiz in the Wood Memorial.
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