12/04/2006 12:00AM

Contessa strikes again


My Kitty prevailed in a thrilling stretch drive, outfinishing Laurentide Ice and Visual Candy to win the $70,070 East View Stakes by a head at Aqueduct on Sunday.

Laurentide Ice nosed out Visual Candy for second. American Dream'a, Court and Spark, and Twistaway, the 8-5 favorite, completed the order of finish.

My Kitty's victory completed a weekend sweep of Aqueduct's stakes for her trainer, Gary Contessa, who on Saturday won the Garland of Roses with Magnolia Jackson and the Coyote Lakes with Successful Affair.

Under John Velazquez, My Kitty saved ground down the backside as Visual Candy set a modest pace, chased first by Twistaway and then by Laurentide Ice.

Velazquez swung My Kitty three wide turning for home, and she was able to prevail despite the game efforts of Laurentide Ice and Visual Candy.

My Kitty, a daughter of Catienus owned by Darlene Bilinski and Martin Zaretsky, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.03 and returned $9.80.