03/14/2007 11:00PM

Hungarian Boatbaby regains right rider


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Hungarian Boatbaby reunites with jockey Ramon Dominguez in the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada Stakes Saturday at Aqueduct. Trainer Tony Dutrow hopes the pairing rekindles past success.

"I think, with Ramon riding her, she's going to run a very good race," he said.

Hungarian Boatbaby faces seven rivals in the Cicada, which is for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the inner track.

Hungarian Boatbaby is 2 for 4 in her brief career and is unbeaten in the two starts with Dominguez aboard, both last year at Delaware Park.

After Hungarian Boatbaby ran third in her debut in August, Dominguez guided her to a maiden victory, followed by a 2 1/2-length win in an overnight stakes on Nov. 13 to end her 2006 campaign.

She returned Feb. 17 in Aqueduct's Dearly Precious Stakes. With Dominguez sidelined with a knee injury, Eibar Coa got the mount and Hungarian Boatbaby wound up in a speed duel with Golden Dreamer that cooked both fillies. Hungarian Boatbaby finished last in that six-horse field.

Hungarian Boatbaby has been most effective with a stalking trip, and Dutrow expects to see her back doing that in the Cicada.

"She's got the speed to be right where she needs to be," Dutrow said. "She should be in great shape the whole way."

Dutrow took it easy with Hungarian Boatbaby following the Dearly Precious.

"Just some easy stuff," he said. "I didn't think she needed a lot. I didn't do a lot with her. She's ready.

"She has always been a better than average filly. She's always run that way. She's a decent kind of filly that is doing fantastic, and I think she'll run a very good race on Saturday."

Special Dream was the beneficiary of the speed duel in the Dearly Precious. She galloped past the tiring pacesetters and scored an eight-length victory for Philadelphia Park-based trainer Guadalupe Preciado.

The busy Golden Dreamer also returns in this spot. Following the Dearly Precious, she ran back on March 9 against the boys in the Appealing Guy Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds, setting the pace before finishing second at even-money.

Five Star Daydream makes her season debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. She last ran at Aqueduct in November, finishing third in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes. Coa has the return call on Five Star Daydream, who has 3 wins in 5 career starts.

Completing the field are Becky's Flute, Control System, Glacken's Mark, and Upscale Storm.