02/25/2006 1:00AM

Bohemian Lady in a romp


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Bohemian Lady didn't get loose on the lead like she did when she won last month's Affectionately Handicap, but it didn't matter - she dominated Saturday's $65,625 at Aqueduct by 8 3/4 lengths over India Halo.

Under Jose Santos, Bohemian Lady raced outside of Amazing Buy through six furlongs in 1:12.07 before leaving that rival approaching the five-sixteenths pole. India Halo, who beat Bohemian Lady in the Ladies Handicap in December, appeared to be getting a good trip behind the top two, but showed no acceleration when Jose Espinoza called on her. India Halo finished second by 6 1/4 lengths over Game Card. Amazing Buy was eased, and Bayou Breeze scratched.

Bohemian Lady, a 5-year-old daughter of Carson City owned by Padua Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.08 and returned $3.40.

"I thought I was going to be all alone on the lead, but [Amazing Buy] was very strong on the lead, and my filly was very comfortable [stalking]," Santos said. "When I called on her right before the quarter pole she opened up right away."

Bohemian Lady has now won 7 races from 18 starts and pushed her career earnings to $403,031. Bohemian Lady is likely to make her next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Next Move Handicap on March 26. This year's Next Move will be run on the inner track, a surface on which Bohemian Lady is 4-2-0 from six starts.

Also on the card:

* Galloping Grocer, the champion New York-bred 2-year-old of 2004, ended an eight-race losing streak Saturday with a nose victory over Rum Point in a second-level allowance race. Galloping Grocer, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:41.89 and returned $5 as the favorite.

* A visually impressive maiden winner on Jan. 28, the 3-year-old Scanlon's Song finished fifth, 9 1/2 lengths behind Greeley's Legacy, in an entry-level allowance race. Greeley's Legacy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.33 and likely earned a spot in the Grade 3, $200,000 Gotham on March 18.