09/21/2007 11:00PM

Billy We Got You tries stretchout

EmailEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Trainer Mary Hartmann won her first graded stakes Friday night when Presious Passion swept to victory in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes.

Hartmann hopes to keep the good times rolling Tuesday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack with Billy We Got You in the $45,000 allowance for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares.

The first-level allowance attracted a field of nine for the one-mile race.

Added distance was one of the keys to Presious Passion's victory. Hartmann hopes more ground also aids Billy We Got You.

A 3-year-old, Billy We Got You is the least experienced runner in Tuesday's race, making only her fourth start. All three starts were at six furlongs, including a sharp win first time out on Aug. 12 at Monmouth Park.

Her next two efforts were less successful, as she pressed the pace early before fading to fourth and ninth.

"Hopefully, the added distance will help her," Hartmann said. "She didn't finish well in her last two races. The pace at this distance might not be so quick. Maybe she'll have it a little more her own way."

Herb McCauley rides for the first time. They will break from post 4.

It Wasn't Me Ma returns to New Jersey after seven straight races at Philadelphia Park.

A 4-year-old trained by Diane Jeannont, It Wasn't Me Ma has been remarkably consistent over that span, hitting the board in every race for claiming prices ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. She returned from a freshening on Sept. 9 to finish third, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 66, the best last-race Beyer in Tuesday's field.

Chuckie Lopez will ride from the rail.

Glenn Thompson sends out a coupled entry of Moonlight Aria and Bondai.

Moonlight Aria takes the biggest class drop in the race after running third last out at the Meadowlands in an open allowance race. Her two previous races, both against statebreds, produced a maiden win and a rallying third in a double-jump to a second-level allowance.

Rajiv Maragh, the rider when she won her maiden, returns after a one-race absence.

Bondai won against statebred maidens for a $10,000 claiming tag on Aug. 10. She has run twice since then against open claimers, most recently getting third in the slop for $7,500 after stumbling at the start.

Completing the field are Bill's Jersey, Abby Fenn, Imaginary Bank, and the Kelly Breen-trained entry of Truly Elegant and Stooges Fan.