03/25/2005 12:00AM

Daydreaming takes Next Move


Daydreaming bounced back from a disappointing seasonal debut to register a one-length victory over the previously undefeated Saintliness in Friday's Grade 3, $110,000 at Aqueduct.

It was another head back to Rare Gift in third.

Daydreaming, a multiple graded stakes winner last fall, finished fourth of five in the Sabin Handicap last month at Gulfstream. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he felt Daydreaming didn't like the track and was further compromised by a slow pace.

Daydreaming ($5) drew on equal terms with Saintliness in upper stretch and gradually drew away inside the sixteenth pole under a vigorous hand ride. She covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.77 over a good track.

"Shug said break sharp and put her in a spot where she's comfortable,'' said jockey Edgar Prado, who won three races on the card. "She broke good, and it was a perfect scenario - there were two horses up there and we were a tracking third. I rode her all the way with plenty of confidence and she did it pretty easy.''

McGaughey, who won last Saturday's Gotham with Survivalist, is now 4 for 5 since the main track opened.