05/07/2005 12:00AM

Comp USA: One-horse stable triumphs

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Trainer Bradley Ross brought his one-horse stable from Chicago to Kentucky and left with all the money as Miss Terrible led gate to wire to win the Grade 3, $112,200 by one length.

Sand Springs, the 3-1 favorite in a wide-open race, chased the pace and held second by a nose over Shaconage, who won this race at 19-1 last year. Mambo Slew, Warning Zone, Boasting, and Ticker Tape completed the order of finish.

Breaking from the rail under Alex Solis, Miss Terrible got loose on the lead and set fractions of 24.45 seconds, 48.62, 1:12.69, and covered the mile in 1:35.89 over a firm turf course. Miss Terrible, a 6-year-old Argentine-bred daughter of Numerous, returned $12.40 as the fifth choice.

"She's a very game horse and I had to make sure I saved enough for the finish," Solis said. "I had to ask to her to run at the right time, and I thought the eighth pole was the right place on the turf track."

"I was hoping that she'd be right off it stalking, but she's such a wonderful champion she will take control on the grass - and that's it, baby," said Ross, who trains Miss Terrible for Carol and Charles Hammersmith.

A champion in Argentina in 2002, Miss Terrible lost her first two starts in North America in 2003. In August 2003, she bled in a race at Saratoga and subsequently suffered a fracture that kept her away from the races for 18 months. Miss Terrible won the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap on dirt at Santa Anita in February before this.

Fearing that Miss Terrible would not get into this race, Ross had entered her in the Aegon Turf Sprint, a five-furlong race run on Thursday.

"This is the race I was training her for," he said.