09/06/2010 4:03PM

Bug Juice cruises in Aspirant


Bug Juice, ridden by John Davila Jr., shot to the front at the start of Monday’s $128,975 Aspirant Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds at Finger Lakes and cruised to a seven-length victory.

Making his first start since winning his maiden while racing on Lasix for the first time on Aug. 1 at Saratoga, Bug Juice set fractions of 22.20 and 45.48 seconds while under pressure from Dream Drop Kid. A son of Mingun trained by Bruce Levine, Bug Juice opened up by three lengths entering the stretch and widened his margin while completing the six furlongs in 1:10.40.

Pin Number, the coupled stablemate of Dream Drop Kid, overcame a stumble at the start to rally from sixth to get second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of the Todd Pletcher-trained Hysterical Cat, the 3-5 favorite.

In the co-featured $139,225 Lady Finger for 2-year-old fillies, second-time starter Lady Vi ($28), the second longest shot among six runners, scored by 1 1/4 lengths over Letshootpool. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Funky Munky Mama, the pacesetter and 3-5 favorite.

Lady Vi, ridden by Pedro Rodriguez for trainer Phil Serpe, raced greenly and steadied twice during her debut on Aug. 29 at Saratoga, a race in which she finished second. This time, she sat in third and made up a two-length deficit in the final furlong to completer the six furlongs in 1:12.91.