07/10/2008 11:00PM

Dutrow thinks Looky Yonder is ready

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MIAMI - Trainer Rick Dutrow summed up his thoughts about Lucky Yonder's chances in Saturday's $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder in just four words.

"We're live here, babe!"

Dutrow is confident Looky Yonder can repeat her one-length victory over Dream Rush in Belmont Park's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on May 25. Looky Yonder and Dream Rush top a field of seven fillies and mares in the six-furlong Princess Rooney, the only Grade 1 race on the Calder stakes calendar. The Princess Rooney, one of four graded stakes on the Summit of Speed card, has been designated as a Win and You're In race, giving the winner a spot in this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Looky Yonder rallied from last, nearly a dozen lengths off the lead, to catch the tiring Dream Rush in the 6 1/2-furlong Vagrancy. Dutrow sees no reason why the outcome should be any different on Saturday.

"I didn't expect to see what we saw the last time she ran in New York," said Dutrow. "My filly fell on her head out of the gate, dropped way back, and then made a huge run to catch Dream Rush. And I don't see Dream Rush way out ahead of the field on Saturday."

Dutrow thinks that Rgirldoesn'tbluff might run with Dream Rush early.

"And I don't see us being as far back this time if we break cleanly," he said. "In her previous start my filly won on the lead."

Looky Yonder got a feel for the local strip when she blew out an easy three furlongs in 38.60 seconds here Thursday. She was a handful for assistant trainer Michelle Nevin to pull up down the backstretch once completing her work. Edgar Prado will ride Looky Yonder, who carries 117 pounds in the Princess Rooney.

For Dream Rush, a two-time Grade 1 winner at 3, the Vagrancy was her first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. A daughter of Wild Rush, she changed owners shortly after the Breeders' Cup when she was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton November selected mixed sale for $3.3 million by Halsey Minor, who kept the filly with trainer Rick Violette.

"She ran well enough in her last start off the layoff and that gets her to this race," said Violette.

A fast pace could also play into the hands of the stretch-running Miraculous Miss, who finished a late-running fifth in the 2007 Princess Rooney. Miraculous Miss was winless in six starts last season but did finish second, 4 1/2 lengths in front of Dream Rush, in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She was also third in the Grade 1 Ballerina and third behind Benny the Bull in the De Francis Memorial Dash.

Mistical Plan, a Grade 2 winner at 3, is turning back in distance for trainer Doug O'Neill off her third-place finish in Belmont's Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap on June 14. Mistical Plan won her only previous start at six furlongs, the 2007 Sunshine Million Oaks.

Rgirldoesn'tbluff is part of a local contingent that also includes Dixie Dreamer and Bereba.