08/24/2008 12:00AM

Intangaroo rallies in Ballerina


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Intangaroo proved she knows how to get up for the big ones when she rallied from far back to register an impressive 2 3/4-length victory over Miraculous Miss in Sunday’s $250,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga.

Intangaroo, a 4-year-old daughter of former Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Orientate, has captured 3 of 5 starts this year, each of those victories coming in Grade 1 races. Intangaroo also won the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs. Her only two losses this season came in the Grade 3 Las Flores and Grade 2 A Gleam handicaps.

As in each of her previous wins, Intangaroo benefited from a sharp pace and a patient ride by regular jockey Alonso Quinonez in the seven-furlong Ballerina. Quinonez allowed Intangaroo to drop nearly a dozen lengths off the pace of Mistical Plan, who set honest fractions of 22.30 seconds and 44.88 while pressed from the outset by Sugar Swirl. Mistical Plan, a Grade 1 winner herself this summer, began to weaken approaching the eighth pole. By that time, Intangaroo was in full stride after swinging five wide entering the stretch. She quickly swept by the tiring leaders near midstretch, drew off readily, and was never threatened thereafter.

Miraculous Miss, third in the 2007 Ballerina, rallied from even farther back than the winner to finish second, three-quarters of a length before Sugar Swirl, who had to make two runs after taking back from inside Mistical Plan entering the far turn.

Despite her perfect record in Grade 1 races, Intangaroo went postward at 5-1 in a field of eight fillies and mares and paid $12.20 after completing the distance in 1:22.18. The price was still far shorter than in her previous two Grade 1 victories. Intangaroo returned $55.80 for her victory in the Santa Monica and $30 in the Humana Distaff.

“She gets no respect, but maybe she’ll get some now,” said Gary Sherlock, who trains Intangaroo for the Tom Grether Farm. “She’s won three Grade 1’s this year, including two of the biggest, and she’s looking good for an Eclipse Award. Now she won’t have to win the Breeders’ Cup to get it.”

Sherlock, who is based in Southern California, said Intangaroo would not make another start before the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 24.