11/18/2013 2:49PM

Aqueduct: Uno Duo faces short field in Pearl City Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Uno Duo, who has two wins from five career starts, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite for Wednesday's $100,000 Pearl City Stakes.

Uno Duo, who faded to fourth at just under 6-5 odds in the Dream Rush Stakes at Belmont Park last month, might nevertheless be an even shorter price against four rival 3-year-old fillies in Wednesday’s $100,000 Pearl City overnight stakes at six furlongs.

The Pearl City is the third of nine races Wednesday.

Uno Duo, a Juddmonte Farms homebred trained by Bill Mott, is a half-sister to Etoile Montante, who won the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France as well as two graded stakes in Southern California going both short and long. Etoile Montante is the dam of Starformer, who has captured four grass stakes at 10 to 11 furlongs for Mott.

Nevertheless, Uno Duo is a dirt sprinter, and she got off to a promising start earlier this year when posting a front-running maiden victory by 5 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs in her second start. Two starts later, she took a first-level allowance by six widening lengths at Saratoga, earning a 90 Beyer Speed Figure.

Uno Duo resurfaced three months later in the seven-furlong Dream Rush, in which she prompted the pace, challenged briefly in upper stretch, and weakened through the final stages.

The four fillies set to take on the favorite all have changed hands this season.

Miss Mischief, formerly trained by Tony Dutrow, was a first-level allowance winner at Saratoga and subsequently ran fourth at Laurel Park in late September. She joined Steve Asmussen’s New York string in late October and will get blinkers added for this assignment.

Indian Splendor, also with Dutrow originally, made her 2013 debut at Monmouth Park for current owner and trainer Jason Servis and graduated against $65,000 maiden turf sprinters. On closing day at Saratoga, she dead-heated for the win in a muddy first-level allowance that had been taken off the grass due to rain. She steps up in class as she returns from a 79-day layoff.

Believe in Charlie won her career debut on the main track at Calder in 2012 for Michael Yates. However, she lost her next eight starts in Florida before relocating to New York with Tom Bush. She promptly went gate to wire in a first-level allowance dash on Belmont’s inner turf course Oct. 6 in what was easily her best performance to date.

Heiressofthecrown steps up in class after being reclaimed for $16,000 by Dominick Schettino.