03/20/2004 12:00AM

Class Above cruises home

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Class Above, with Jerry Bailey riding, pulls away to a 3 3/4-length victory in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup. Trained by Bob Baffert, she paid $3.

FLORENCE, Ky. - Maybe it's the track, or maybe it's the easier company. Whatever the case, Class Above posted another easy victory at Turfway when she drew off to a 3 3/4-length triumph in the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Jerry Bailey was aboard heavily favored Class Above for owner Padua Stable and trainer Bob Baffert in the one-mile Bourbonette. In her only previous appearance here, Class Above won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall by 16 lengths.

Native Annie and Fond led early in the Bourbonette, but Class Above bounded past them at the half-mile pole before cruising home in 1:37.98 over a wet-fast surface. Susan's Angel, a maiden trained by D. Wayne Lukas, rallied to finish second, a half-length before Native Annie in a field of six 3-year-old fillies.

Class Above, a Kentucky-bred by Quiet American, returned $3 with her third win from five career starts. Both losses came in Grade 1 events in California.

The Bourbonette was the first win of the card for Bailey, who was aboard losing favorites Birdstone and El Prado Rob in earlier stakes.

Rushaway: Brass Hat a winner now

Trainer William "Buff" Bradley saw one downside to winning the $100,000 with Brass Hat at Turfway Saturday. "I blew his maiden condition," he quipped.

Those who backed the horse at 38-1 in the $100,000 stakes could enjoy the humor. Brass Hat, a 3-year-old Prized gelding, had entered the Rushaway with only a pair of runner-up finishes to his credit - including one in a maiden $15,000 claiming race.

His inexperience mattered little in the Rushaway. He professionally stalked the pace in fourth, as Tales of Glory and Boston Brahmin dueled on the lead with early fractions of 22.91 and 46.52 seconds for the 1 1/16-mile race.

Leaving the backstretch, Brass Hat and jockey Jason Lumpkins made their move. Brass Hat surged ahead of Tales of Glory, posting a six-furlong time of 1:11.20, and easily drew away to post a 3 3/4-length victory. He paid $79.60 as the second-highest price in the field of 10.

Brass Hat, owned by Buff Bradley's father, Fred, covered the distance in 1:44.36 on a fast track, well off Anet's stakes- and track-record time of 1:40.60, set in winning the 1997 Rushaway. He earned $62,000, justifying Buff Bradley's faith in the horse. "He looked like he was an improving horse," Bradley said. "I talked to my dad this morning, and I told him if he improved we could be right there."

The runner-up, Tales of Glory, who was making his first start since finishing eighth in the $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 5, held on well through the stretch, finishing 1 1/4 lengths ahead of third-place Gamblin. "He ran a great race to hang in there with the early fractions that were set," said Tales of Glory's jockey, Robby Albarado.

El Prado Rob, favored at 3-5 as part of a Nick Zito-trained entry with Pies Prospect, finished a nonthreatening fourth.

Queen: Glorious Miss hangs on

Although subsequent races proved disappointing for him, Zito started off his afternoon the right way when Glorious Miss, ridden by David Flores, gamely held on to win the $50,000 Queen Stakes.

Glorious Miss got a perfect stalking trip before taking command turning for home in the six-furlong Queen. Ebony Breeze, the 3-5 favorite, then launched a sustained rally but missed catching the winner by a nose.

Glorious Miss, a 4-year-old Honour and Glory filly owned by Buckram Oak Farm, returned $17.20 after posting her first stakes win by finishing in 1:10.28 on a fast track.

Hansel: Marley's Revenge up in time

Capitalizing on a fast early pace over a sloppy track hit by late afternoon rain, Marley's Revenge closed quickly in the final furlong to catch pacesetter Danieltown by a nose in the $50,000 .

Danieltown seemed home free upon establishing a commanding four-length lead entering the stretch. But fast early fractions of 22.21 and 45.15 seconds took a toll late, and Marley's Revenge - who chased the leader for much of the race - surged to victory under jockey Eduardo Perez late. The 11-10 favorite, Wulpe, finished 6 1/2 lengths farther back in third.

Marley's Revenge, a 3-year-old son of Concorde's Tune trained by Dale Bennett, scored his third victory in four starts. He raced six furlongs in 1:11.17.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee