Updated on 02/25/2012 7:39PM

Aqueduct: Sweet Seventeen holds on in Busher; $113,726 pick-six carryover Sunday

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Sweet Seventeen wins the Busher Stakes by a head over Marvelous Margaret.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Making none of the mistakes that cost her dearly in the Busanda seven weeks earlier, Sweet Seventeen took over from 30-1 pacesetter Marvelous Margaret in upper stretch and held on for a head victory over Off Limits in Saturday’s $75,000 Busher Stakes.

Sweet Seventeen had appeared home free in the Busanda, despite drifting wide early in her initial two-turn attempt, but came up a neck short after neglecting to change leads in the stretch.

This time, Sweet Seventeen was deftly maneuvered outside Marvelous Margaret after an alert break from the rail under Alan Garcia and stalked that rival through fractions of 23.94 seconds, 48.85, and 1:13.96.

Sweet Seventeen challenged outside turning for home while changing leads right on cue, opened a clear lead by the eighth pole, and dug in to fend off a late bid from Off Limits, who drifted out nearing the wire.

“Everything was good. She switched leads fine,” said assistant trainer Richie Trimmer. Garcia “left her alone, and I think that worked out. Leaving her alone, she was able to relax a little.”

Sweet Seventeen ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.05 on a fast inner-dirt track and improved to 3-2-0 from 5 starts. She paid $4.10 to win as the favorite in a field with five betting interests.

It was 4 1/2 lengths further back to Better Lucky, who loomed boldly with a wide run coming to the quarter pole, but flattened out and checked in third.

Lisa T., coupled with Off Limits, was fourth. Marvelous Margaret and Plum completed the order of finish.

* There will be a $113,726 pick-six carryover heading into Sunday’s card, after the bet went unhit for the second consecutive day on Saturday. The feature on Sunday’s card is the $75,000 Hildy’s Grey for New York-bred fillies and mares.

* Jockey Cornelio Velasquez, who was unseated when Coronado Heights broke down and fell along the backstretch in the 10th race, was reported to be in stable condition Saturday evening at North Shore University Hospital. Velasquez was taken to the hospital after complaining of neck and back pain.

Jockey Ryan Curatolo, who was unseated when his mount, Lime Zest, struck Coronado Heights, was cleared by the track’s first aid after the incident.