03/20/2008 12:00AM

Control System back to where she runs best

Email

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After a somewhat disappointing homecoming when second in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park, Control System returns to her home away from home Saturday when she heads a six-horse field entered in the Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.

Based at Laurel with trainer Michael Trombetta, Control System is 3 for 3 over Aqueduct's inner track, having won the Grade 3 Cicada last March and the listed Garland of Roses and Interborough handicaps in December and January.

Last month, Control System finished second to Golden Dawn in the Grade 2 Fritchie, her first start at her home track. Though Control System ran well, she was no match for Golden Dawn, who had an inside trip while Control System went four wide.

"We ranged up beside her within a half-length on the turn, but when they asked her to run she was gone; that was her day,'' Trombetta said of Golden Dawn. "I don't know who would've beaten her that day.''

With Golden Dawn skipping the Distaff for next month's Bed o' Roses over Aqueduct's main track, Control System should be favored. Over her last few races Control System has learned to rate, which figures to help her given the speed signed up for this race. Ramon Dominguez rides Control System, the 118-pound highweight, from post 5.

Beau Dare, Quality Affair, and the Trombetta-trained Your Flame in Me all have done their best running on the lead. Trombetta said Your Flame in Me, who has a different owner than Control System, is not being utilized as a rabbit. Your Flame in Me has the rail.

"We're chasing graded placing with her,'' Trombetta said. "She's fast. You got to be tipping along pretty good to be in front of her.''

Quality Affair, who ships up from Florida for Allen Jerkens, has shown blistering speed in a pair of allowance sprints at Gulfstream and continues to work bullets. Jean-Luc Samyn rides from post 6.

Trainer Bruce Levine said he will tell C.C. Lopez to employ the same front-running tactics on Beau Dare that were successful when she won the Correction Handicap last month.

"I'm going, those are my instructions,'' Levine said. "She runs good on the lead and that's what I'm doing.''

Rite Moment, who finished second to Beau Dare in the Correction, returns to sprinting after winning a two-turn overnight stakes by 13 1/4 lengths on March 6. She figures to benefit from a contested pace. Rajiv Maragh rides from post 2.