04/13/2010 12:00AM

Casanova Move figures tough


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Further evidence that the New York Racing Association may be making the correct decision to scrap its overnight stakes program at the upcoming Belmont Park meeting is Wednesday's $60,000 Hilbys Brite Flight at Aqueduct.

An overnight stakes for fillies and mares going one mile, the Hilbys Brite Flight drew a field of only five and will go as the third race on a nine-race card. Perhaps the fact that Aqueduct's race of the week is Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at seven furlongs is another reason the Hilbys Brite Flight came up light.

Casanova Move, who would likely fit in the Distaff, is the horse to beat in the Hilbys Brite Flight. Owned by Ned Evans, Casanova Move has finished second or third in four graded stakes in her career. Originally trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Casanova Move was transferred to Todd Pletcher last summer.

Following a distant third-place finish to Careless Jewel in the Grade1 Alabama at Saratoga last August, Casanova Move was shelved for the year. She returned with a professional-looking first-level allowance win going one mile at Gulfstream on March 13.

"This should be an ideal spot for her," said Jonathan Thomas, the New York-based assistant to Pletcher. "She hasn't grown a whole lot, but she's matured a bit and put on some good condition and weight. She looks good."

John Velazquez will ride Casanova Move from post 2.

The Pletcher stable also will send out French Dip, who in her 13th start will attempt one mile for the first time. After finishing second to the well-regarded Qualia in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream in January, French Dip shipped to New York where she cleared that allowance condition rather easily over the inner track on March 17.

"That filly is coming off a pretty good race," Thomas said. "The question mark is will she get a mile. But maybe with the setup, if there's a little bit of pace in front of her, she can close a bit."

My Dinah is 5 for 9 at one mile, 1 for 22 at all other distances. She has not run in four months, but in 2008 she came off a five-month layoff to win a first-level New York-bred allowance here at six furlongs at odds of 17-1.

Quiet Mover and Weathered complete the field.