03/19/2010 11:00PM

Liam's Dream overcomes poor start

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Liam's Dream wins Saturday's Grade 3 Cicada under Rosie Napravnik.

Overcoming a slow start, Liam's Dream slipped through inside the leaders turning for home, and drew clear to win Saturday's at Aqueduct under Rosie Napravnik.

Liam's Dream was last after checking at the break, but recovered to make up some ground inside as Southern Truth cut fractions of 22.27 and 45.34 seconds under pressure from Bickersons, the 7-10 favorite.

Liam's Dream remained glued to the rail as the leaders drifted out turning for home, and shot through to wrest command inside the three-sixteenths pole. She reached the wire a length and one-half in front, after running six furlongs in 1:10.10 over a fast inner track.

"She broke a little slow, but I was able to save ground," said Napravnik. "In the stretch, when she came through on the rail, she really was very, very game today."

Romantic Hideaway rallied four wide to be a clear second by 3 1/2 lengths over Indian Burn.

Fuzzy Britches was fourth, followed by Southern Truth, Bickersons, and Female Drama.

Liam's Dream ($13.60) won twice at Philadelphia Park last fall before finishing third in the Forward Gal in her 3-year-old debut. The daughter of Saint Liam improved to three wins from four starts for trainer Tony Dutrow. She earned $60,000 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren.

"I'm really not sure what's next for her, but she'll stay in New York now," said Dutrow by phone from Florida. "She likes it there."

The Cicada was postponed for a week due to heavy rain and wind March 13.

kings point: Icabad Crane ends skid

Despite an 11-race drought spanning nearly two years, Icabad Crane was odds-on in Saturday's $65,000 Kings Point Stakes. He made it look like a bargain posting his first victory since the Federico Tesio in April 2008.

Icabad Crane saved ground early as Mighty Morris set modest fractions of 24.95 and 49.55 seconds while prompted by Manteca.

Nearing the stretch, Gabriel Saez eased Icabad Crane three wide outside the leaders, and they wore down a stubborn Mighty Morris in the final furlong to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

"I got a perfect trip," Saez said. "I was waiting to ask him, because I know my horse will try to stay with another horse. I wanted to make sure I was in the clear with nobody around me when I really asked him to go, and everything came out the way I wanted."

Icabad Crane, a 5-year-old gelding based at Fair Hill for trainer Graham Motion, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.65 on a fast inner track and paid $3.50 as the solid choice in a field of six older New York-breds. He earned $39,000 for owner Earle Mack.

"He's had three seconds and has been knocking on the door, but he's had some issues where he's been leaning on the other horses," assistant trainer Adrian Rolls said. "Today, he did the job very well."

Mighty Morris held second by five lengths over Manteca.

Naughty New Yorker, Good Law, and See More Spirit completed the order of finish.