02/01/2005 1:00AM

Coded Princess keeps progressing

Email

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Coded Princess, who is improving with every start, and K.D.'s Shady Lady, who was stakes placed in the Grade 3 Tempted last fall, head a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Thursday's feature, an entry-level allowance route at 1 1/16 miles with an optional claiming price of $75,000.

A good effort from either filly could serve as a stepping-stone to the $75,000 Busher Stakes, to be run at the same distance on Feb. 27.

, the only two-time winner in the field, went wire to wire under identical conditions at one mile on New Year's Day, when entered for the $75,000 claiming price. This time, she is not entered to be claimed.

Coded Princess has started five times, and her Beyer Figures have moved higher each time out. Following her second straight front-running score Jan. 1, she returned 16 days later in the Busanda Stakes and found herself 10 lengths behind at the first call after being bumped at the start. Despite the early trouble, she recovered to rally for fourth and was beaten just over three lengths by prohibitive favorite Amazing Buy.

Coded Princess drew the rail, and a cleaner getaway may enable her to get the lead under Richard Migliore.

began her career with three in-the-money finishes on turf for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., but she turned some heads in her first try on dirt by finishing a clear second in the Tempted on just three days' rest.

Still a maiden at that point, K.D.'s Shady Lady ran back in the Demoiselle and finished fifth, 9 1/4 lengths behind her entrymate Sis City.

A month later, K.D.'s Shady Lady was sent off at 4-5 against a field of maidens on the inner track. She got the job done, but the effort was workmanlike, as she appeared fully extended to get the best of 49-1 shot Prolly after a long stretch drive.

K.D.'s Shady Lady breaks from post 6 with Rafael Bejarano and figures to be in close pursuit of Coded Princess through the early going.

is the lone entrant who has not been past six furlongs, but she looks to have some talent based on a decisive maiden triumph second time out. She breaks from post 4 with Shaun Bridgmohan and could also have a say in the opening fractions.

Completing the field are Velvet Hope, Clear Intent, Honorable Path, and Money Helps.