01/02/2011 5:41PM

Breathoffreshheir withstands erratic stretch run, foul claim to take Ruthless

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Breathoffreshheir draws clear to earn her second consecutive stakes victory in the Ruthless.

 OZONE PARK, N.Y. -  Breathoffreshheir’s speed trumped her immaturity as she scored a 3 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s $65,000 Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct.

 Status Pending, the 8-5 favorite, rallied to get second by 1 1/4 lengths over Sweet Susan. Nashi and Flying Train completed the order of finish. Aba Dabbler was scratched.

 The win was the third from four starts for Breathoffreshheir, a New Jersey-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir owned by Ebby Novak’s New Farm and trained by Ben Perkins Jr. It was her second consecutive stakes victory as she also won the Jersey Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Monmouth Park on Nov. 13.

 Breathoffreshheir had to withstand a claim of foul from the rider and trainer of Sweet Susan. They  claimed interference  took place in upper stretch. Though Breathoffreshheir did brush Sweet Susan, the stewards deemed it did not have a bearing on the outcome of the race.

 Breathoffreshheir, under Carlos Marquez Jr., broke sharply and was pressed from her inside by Nashi through an opening quarter of 23.86 seconds. After putting that one away, Breathoffreshheir was confronted by Sweet Susan from the outside, but Breathoffreshheir was able to put her away and win handily despite switching her leads back and forth in the stretch.

Breathoffreshheir covered the six furlongs in 1:11.30 and returned $6.90 as the second choice.

 “You can see she’s still learning; through the stretch she kept switching leads back and forth,” said Marquez, who has been aboard the filly for all four of her starts. “Today, she just guided me around there. She was much the best.”

 

 Perkins said Marquez told him that Breathoffreshheir “got to loafing a little bit and looking around” when she made the lead in the stretch.

 

The next sprint stakes for 3-year-old fillies on this circuit is the $65,000 Dearly Precious here on Feb. 12 followed by the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada on March 19. Both are at six furlongs.