03/10/2010 12:00AM

Donna Getyourgun supplements to Cicada


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In addition to the recent spate of 50-degree-plus days, another sign that spring is on the horizon is when horses start shipping to New York from south Florida. Five of the eight 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct made their last start at Gulfstream Park.

While the graded stakes winner Bickersons heads the group, one of the more interesting horses could be Donna Getyourgun, whom Donna Jones and trainer Ian Wilkes supplemented to the race for $1,000. Donna Getyourgun comes off a neck victory in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream on Jan. 31. She split horses at the quarter pole and then won a stretch-long duel with Omega Girl, who came back to finish second in the OBS Sprint Stakes in her next start.

"I thought we were going to beat her easier than we did," Wilkes said Wednesday from Florida. "We had a good battle down the lane. I think she'll improve a lot off the race."

Wilkes said he opted to keep Donna Getyourgun out of the Davona Dale at Gulfstream last month because he didn't think she was up to going a mile at that point. The Cicada is run at six furlongs.

"I wanted to take it one step at a time with her," Wilkes said Wednesday from Florida. "I thought it was a nice progression for her."

Anna Napravnik will ride Donna Getyourgun from post 2.

Bickersons won the Grade 2 Forward Gal by seven lengths but then finished fourth in the Grade 2 Davona Dale. Also shipping in from Florida are Liam's Dream and Romantic Hideaway, third and fourth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal. Others entered include Fuzzy Britches, winner of the Dearly Precious, and Indian Burn, winner of the Ruthless.

Warrior's Reward coming for Carter

Wilkes also has his sights set on the Grade 1 Carter Handicap April 3 with Warrior's Reward, who was beaten in three graded stakes for 3-year-olds in New York last summer.

Warrior's Reward, a son of Medaglia d'Oro, comes off a second-level allowance win at Gulfstream on Feb. 11 in which he beat a stakes-caliber field by three-quarters of a length while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Warrior's Reward has recorded two of his three wins at seven furlongs on dirt, including a victory over Munnings last year at Churchill Downs. Wilkes spent a good part of last year trying Warrior's Reward in route races, and the horse finished third in the Dwyer at Belmont, second in the Jim Dandy, and fifth in the Travers, both at Saratoga.

"I think he's the real deal this year," Wilkes said. "I really like the way he's doing. I thought this horse would go two turns, but he could never run back to his numbers when he ran short."

Wilkes was referring to the 113 Beyer that Warrior's Reward earned when he beat Munnings at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day.

Roman Chestnut sold; now with Duggan

Roman Chestnut, winner of the Feb. 13 Busanda Stakes at 45-1, has been sold and transferred to trainer David Duggan.

The Canadian-based Peter Redekop bought the 3-year-old filly from Ellen O'Connell and transferred her from trainer Leah Gyarmati to Duggan. Duggan said Roman Chestnut could run once or twice for him in New York before ultimately being transferred to the Canadian-based trainer Terry Jordan. Duggan said Redekop is from British Columbia.

Duggan hopes to run Roman Chestnut in the Grade 3, $100,000 Comely Stakes here April 10.

Weathered will point to Ladies

Trainer Karl Grusmark hopes to salvage what has been a disappointing inner-track meet when he runs Weathered in the $100,000 Ladies Handicap here March 27. The Ladies, brought back after a one-year hiatus, replaces the Next Move, a race Weathered won last year.

Weathered won a New York-bred overnight stakes here in January before getting beat a neck in the Nellie Morse at Laurel and then finishing sixth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at seven furlongs.

"A couple of races we were looking at didn't go," said Grusmark, who is just 3 for 59 this winter after going 8 for 54 last year. "The Barbara Fritchie was a nice purse, graded race. She got off a little bit slow, and we were still beaten only a length and a quarter. She's training very well. We'll give her another race and then freshen her up."