11/28/2009 12:00AM

A collision of future and past stars

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Unrivaled Belle, riding a three-race winning streak, will make her graded stakes debut in the Gazelle.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Stardom Bound had already won five Grade 1 races and an Eclipse Award before Unrivaled Belle ever made it to the races. But entering Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct, there may be more upside to Unrivaled Belle than Stardom Bound, last year's juvenile filly champion.

Stardom Bound and Unrivaled Belle are two of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the Gazelle, a race traditionally run at Belmont but moved to Aqueduct this year. The Gazelle marks the first start for Stardom Bound since she finished third in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland on April 4. The race marks the graded stakes debut for Unrivaled Belle, who has won her last three starts.

Stardom Bound won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies for owner Charlie Cono and trainer Christopher Paasch before being sold at auction and purchased privately by IEAH Stables for $5.7 million. After winning two Grade 1 races in Southern California for trainer Bobby Frankel, Stardom Bound finished third in the Ashland for Richard Dutrow Jr., and was given about three months' rest.

Stardom Bound returned to Dutrow in July. In the fall, Dutrow had some hind-end work done on Stardom Bound, which he hopes will help her break sharper and thus put her into the race a little better than last year, when she would be far back early and make one strong late run. With Dutrow on suspension for a medication violation from May 2008, Juan Rodriguez will saddle Stardom Bound.

"I don't think that you're going to see her that far back," Dutrow said in an interview before he went on suspension. "When I got her she wasn't pushing off right. Now she is, so that's got to help her break."

Mike Smith will be in to ride Stardom Bound from post 8.

Five days after Stardom Bound's Ashland, Unrivaled Belle finished second in a maiden race at Keeneland. Since then, she has reeled off three straight wins on dirt, including a front-running score in the Real Prize Stakes, a one-turn 1 1/16-mile race at Belmont in October. She figures to be on or close to the pace under Kent Desormeaux on Saturday.

"She's strong-willed - you never know for sure what she's going to do," trainer Bill Mott said. "We don't have enough experience with her to know how she's going to react to every new situation. So far, she's been willing to do what we've asked her to do."

Flashing, who won the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga, stretches out to two turns for the first time since winning an allowance race over the inner track in March. She is 2 for 2 over the main track and should appreciate returning to dirt after two subpar performances on synthetic surfaces at Presque Isle and Keeneland.

Milwaukee Appeal, second to Careless Jewel in the Alabama at Saratoga, heads an out-of-town invasion of fillies for the Gazelle that includes Multipass, Peach Brew, Me Love, and Bon Jovi Girl.