10/17/2003 11:00PM

Iroquois: Princess Dixie up in time

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Princess Dixie accomplished what she couldn't last year by winning the $125,000 Iroquois Handicap.

Princess Dixie came with a late charge to catch She's Got the Beat in the final strides. Last year, Princess Dixie finished second in the Iroquois.

Princess Dixie, the 4-1 favorite, was a neck winner over She's Got the Beat in the seven-furlong dirt race for New York-bred fillies and mares. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Grab Bag in third.

Under Mike Luzzi, Princess Dixie rallied from the back of the 13-horse field.

"We figured that there would be a fast pace," Luzzi said. "I really got a perfect trip."

Princess Dixie ($10.60) covered the distance in 1:24.26.

The Iroquois was Princess Dixie's second stakes win this year. In June at Belmont, she won the off-the-turf Mount Vernon Handicap.

Trained by Jim Bond, Princess Dixie is owned and bred by Jim Edwards.

Bond said Princess Dixie, a 4-year-old daughter of Dixie Brass, will be pointed to the $75,000 Montauk Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.