05/04/2007 12:00AM

Contessa saddles three of 13 in Bouwerie


ELMONT, N.Y. - When a first-level allowance at six furlongs failed to fill, the trickle down effect resulted in a baker's dozen for Sunday's $100,000 Bouwerie Stakes at seven furlongs.

Among the field of 13 New York-bred 3-year-old fillies are three trained by Gary Contessa: City in the Clouds, runner-up in the New York Stallion Stakes; My Kitty, whose two starts at Belmont last fall were a maiden win and a second in the Maid of the Mist; and Second Marriage, whose best race was a maiden win at Belmont last fall.

It remains to be seen how the Bouwerie will stack up to last year's renewal, which was won by eventual Grade 2 winner Oprah Winney, and also included multiple stakes winner Homerette. To this point, the most accomplished members of the group are My Kitty, winner of the East View and second against open rivals in the Busanda during the winter; and Becky's Flute, a three-time winner who was fourth last out in the Grade 3 Cicada, behind the unbeaten Control System.

Several of the more lightly raced runners show promise. Talking Treasure and Pastel Gal own the best last-out Beyer Speed Figures (79), and Sunset Cocktail may improve off a second-place finish in an overnight stakes last out.

"She had one workout in 45 days," trainer Derek Ryan said. "I was hoping she wouldn't come up short, but she did. She's doing good."

Flightofthepelican has been the pace-call leader in each of her four starts since adding blinkers. She got away with slow fractions winning a first-level allowance last out, but is capable of posting faster splits, and projects as part of the early pace along with Automatic Appeal. The latter makes just her third career start, after wiring maidens at 6 1/2 furlongs. "I think [seven furlongs] is well within her range," said trainer Tim Tullock Jr., who added he doesn't feel she needs to be in front: "Ultimately, she's going to have to run her races from a little off the pace."

The distance could work to the advantage of Court and Spark, second best in her last four starts, but with a best-ever Beyer Figure at seven furlongs last out. "She's a come-from-behind sprinter, it gives her a little more of a chance," said trainer Mike Miceli.

Completing the field are Salt Water Reign, So Smashley, and Western Sweep.