09/20/2011 1:45PM

Belmont Park: Lady On the Run a stretch threat

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Lady On the Run wins the New York Stallion Park Avenue Stakes at Belmont on May 8.

ELMONT, N.Y. – A pair of six-furlong sprints for New York-bred fillies highlight Thursday’s card, one scheduled for turf and the other for the main track. Trainer John Morrison has contenders in both races: Lady On the Run breaks from the far outside in post 11 and will be among the favorites in race 8, a $44,000 optional claimer with second-level conditions on dirt; and Queens Or Better, a maiden graduate at Saratoga two starts back, shoots for her first-level allowance condition against 10 other turf-meant runners in race 2, a $42,000 dash scheduled for the inner course.

Lady On the Run, fourth in a New York Stallion race on turf at the Spa six weeks ago, should relish getting back on Belmont’s main track, where she won twice at the spring-summer meet, beginning with a last-to-first upset in the Park Avenue division of the N.Y. Stallion as a maiden. In that race, she came from 11 lengths behind to win by more than four lengths. Two starts later, she erased a 13-length deficit to win a first-level allowance under hand urging.

“She’s doing well, and obviously Belmont’s big, wide turns suit her running style,” Morrison said. “She’s a one-run, come-from-behind horse, that’s her. As long as we get respectable fractions, she’ll be tough.”

Page by Page, who has won two of her last three for Mark Hennig, and Myrtle’s Gray, who has won her last two for David Duggan, appear the primary threats.

Also coming in off allowance victories are She’s Got Rules, idle since garnering her first-level condition here in July for Steve Jerkens; and Turned to Gold, who has won five straight at Finger Lakes for Charlie Baker.

Lady Vi, last year’s Lady Fingers winner, and Bailzee, dropping from a fourth in the Union Avenue Stakes, also are in with a chance.

In race 2, Queens Or Better looks to rebound after coming up empty as the favorite in her first start against winners.

“I just don’t know what happened there,” said Morrison, “but I’m not so sure being down inside is where she wanted to be.”

Flying Sappho, an 8-year-old mare who has been in career-best form this season for Rudy Rodriguez, wheels right back after getting up to beat open $25,000 sprinters last Friday.

Akira, Letsshootpool, Lights Out Lisa, and Sextant are contenders as well.