02/10/2011 2:10PM

Coax Liberty poised for stakes win at Aqueduct

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Barbara D. Livingston
Coax Liberty competed in graded stakes at the 2010 Saratoga meet.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Though soundly beaten in three previous trips to New York for stakes, Coax Liberty looks well spotted finally to break through in a black-type event when she runs in Saturday’s $65,000 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters at Aqueduct.

Last summer, after winning a maiden race at Delaware in July, Coax Liberty came to Saratoga twice, finishing third to Position Limit in the Grade 2 Adirondack and fourth to R Heat Lightning in the Grade 1 Spinaway. In the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont in October, Coax Liberty got used in a speed duel with eventual winner A Z Warrior, finishing nearly 12 lengths behind that rival.

James Lawrence II, the trainer of Coax Liberty, said his filly was “totally taken out of her game being on the lead” in the Frizette.

In her last two starts, Coax Liberty has come from off the pace winning a first-level allowance race at Parx Racing and finishing second to Alexandra Rylee in the Brandywine Stakes, also at Parx. Lawrence noted that in the Brandywine his filly had to rally wide on a day when “it seemed like everything was winning on the rail,” Lawrence said.

Coax Liberty has been training at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland, where on Monday she fired a bullet half-mile breeze in 47.40 seconds.

“All I want is my filly to get a clean trip,” said Lawrence, whose filly will break from post 3 under David Cohen.

Full Moon Blues will be making her first start since running fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle last Nov. 27. Before that, she won the Grade 3 Tempted over Aqueduct’s main track in gate-to-wire fashion. In cutting back to six furlongs, Full Moon Blues figures to come from just off the pace under Malcolm Franklin.

Breathoffreshheir, winner of the Ruthless Stakes here on Jan. 2, could hold the key to the race if she runs. She has speed and the rail, but has only two three-furlong breezes in the last five weeks after her connections were initially planning to wait for next month’s Cicada Stakes.

Shortly after Wild About Sonny won a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 13, trainer Kelly Breen shipped her to New York for this race, which keeps her racing at six furlongs.

“She’s game – she won both of her races by a narrow margin in a stretch duel,” Breen said. “We have had her up there for two workouts and I’m kind of excited to see her run.”

Maiden winners Kela’s Pride and Overseas Market complete the field.