02/28/2010 12:00AM

Lights Off Annie repeats in Broadway


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Lights Off Annie outbroke favored Rightly So out of the gate, opened up a clear advantage early, and held on for a half-length victory in Sunday's at Aqueduct.

Sapphire Sky rallied along the inside to get second by a neck over Rightly So, the 3-4 favorite.

It was the second straight year that Lights Off Annie won the Broadway. Lights Off Annie joined Soft Morning (1983-84) as the only two-time winner of the Broadway. Sent off the 6-1 fourth choice in a scratch-reduced field of six, Lights Off Annie returned $15.60 to win after running six furlongs in 1:10.91 under Fernando Jara over a muddy and sealed track. Lights Off Annie was making her first start for trainer Mike Hushion.

"I was really surprised that she went off the fourth favorite," said Michael Repole, who owns Lights Off Annie. "She's as fast as any New York-bred filly; I knew she'd get the lead. I told Jara, 'You're going to be on the lead through the first 5 1/2 furlongs, that last half a furlong I can't really tell you' "

Lights Off Annie broke extremely sharp, opening a clear lead through a quarter mile in 22.71 seconds and a half-mile in 45.92. Rightly So, who had won five consecutive races but had not been out since Nov. 19, broke a step slow under Ramon Dominguez. She moved into second around the far turn, but was no match for Lights Off Annie. Sapphire Sky rallied along the inside to edge Rightly So for second.

Sorority Sister finished fourth and was followed by Meese Rocks and Not a Peep. By the Light and What a Pear were scratched.

Lights Off Annie, a daughter of Freud, is now 5 for 9 and has earnings of $167,671.