01/24/2004 12:00AM

Filly and Mare Sprint: Mooji Moo all the way

Mooji Moo leads every step of the way under Corey Nakatani to win the $300,000 Filly and Mare Sprint.

Mooji Moo was due for a victory when she started as a longshot in the $300,000 .

Since last summer, Mooji Moo has followed a stakes loss with a stakes victory. The Filly and Mare Sprint was her fourth stakes win in the last year, a span that includes wins in the Regret and Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park and the Bluff's Dividend Stakes at Calder last month.

In her previous start, she ran second in the Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 3.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani in the Filly and Mare Sprint, Mooji Moo ($37.40) led throughout, setting fractions of 21.67 and 44.24 seconds.

Mooji Moo turned for home with a 1 1/2-length lead, had a two-length advantage at the eighth pole, and was fully extended to finish three-quarters of a length in front of Bold Roberta, a 49-1 shot.

The California-bred Bold Roberta, the third-longest shot in the field, rallied on the outside to finish three-quarters of a length in front of Bear Fan and Channing Way, who finished in a dead heat for third in the field of 10.

Bear Fan, the 3-2 favorite, was boxed in behind rivals in early stretch while racing inside of Bold Roberta. Bear Fan had a clear path in the final sixteenth.

Mooji Moo races for Robert Deckert Sr. and Robert Deckert Jr., and is trained in Florida by Tim Hills. Mooji Moo, 5, has won 9 of 25 starts and $453,450.