09/12/2013 3:04PM

Finger Lakes: Miss Rubycubes has work cut out in Jack Betta Be Rite


The 3-year-old filly Miss Rubycubes, 2 for 2 since she stretched out around two turns, challenges older New York-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap at Finger Lakes.

Unlike her wins in an allowance and the New York Oaks three weeks ago, Miss Rubycubes may not have the luxury of an uncontested early lead in the 1 1/16-mile Jack Betta Be Rite. And that could make her vulernable. Lyndsea’s Miss El, a winner in 2 of 3 starts since returning to Finger Lakes, and One Smart Farrah, a three-time winner going long locally this season, also do their best running when they are up front early.

The 5-year-old Lyndsea’s Miss El, who will break four slots inside Miss Rubycubes from post 3, was a distant fourth in this same race last season. But she’s in much better form now after winning back-to-back starts over sloppy tracks and finishing third against open third-level allowance company last time out.

One Smart Farrah has been in front after the first half-mile in four of her last five races and figures to at least be a pace factor. She gets a seven-pound weight break from her last two starts, in which she faded while carrying 122 pounds.

A hot, contested early pace could set things up for the uncoupled stablemate of Miss Rubycubes, Color Blind, who rallied from eighth to win last year’s Jack Betta Be Rite by 2 1/4 lengths. In her first start since coming into the barn of Eileen Muller, the 4-year-old Color Blind came from off the pace two weeks ago to draw clear by 2 1/2 lengths. Her 73 Beyer Speed Figure is the best last-race number in Saturday’s field and matches the figure she earned in winning this race a year ago.

One newcomer to Finger Lakes who merits respect is Shesabronxbomber. She will be making her second start off the claim and her second start following a layoff for Jason Servis, who wins 33 percent of the time (11 for 33) with that angle. Shesabronxbomber flashed high speed and stopped while going 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga but was effective stalking while going two turns on Aqueduct’s inner track last winter.

Michael S. Ferraro, who won the Jack Betta Be Rite in 2009 and 2010, will send out the uncoupled entry of Senora Dubai and Capella Dancer. Both horses have consistently run well locally, having finished in the exacta in 24 of 31 starts combined.