04/14/2006 11:00PM

Miraculous Miss turns it on


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Miraculous Miss took advantage of the scratch of morning-line favorite Teammate and a faster-than-expected early pace to run down Regal Engagement and win Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 at Aqueduct.

Under Kent Desormeaux, Miraculous Miss sat fourth early on, as Win McCool, racing well off the rail, set fractions of 22.79 seconds and 45.75 for the opening half-mile. Miraculous Miss advanced into contention along the inside and swung off the rail for the stretch drive.

Regal Engagement, meanwhile, split horses approaching the three-eighths pole to take the lead. She opened up a two-length lead nearing the eighth pole, but could not hold off a surging Miraculous Miss, who stormed down the center of the course to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Regal Engagement was second by five lengths over Daytime Promise. Miraculous Miss covered the mile in 1:36.67 and returned $3.60 as the favorite.

"She kind of reminds me of Best Pal," said Desormeaux, who won his first stakes in New York since moving his tack here from California on March 30. "Around the turn she's just kind of bobbing up and down. I'm not sure what I have left. Then she throws a lead change, and forget about it. It was like leaving the gate. I knew I was going to get them at that point."

The victory was the fifth from six career starts for Miraculous Miss, a daughter of Mr. Greeley, who was purchased by Puglisi Stables and trainer Steve Klesaris for $350,000. Miraculous Miss is undefeated over a dry track, including graded stakes wins in the Valley Stream and Forward Gal.

Klesaris said he would consider the Nassau County on May 6 or wait for the Acorn on June 10. Both races are at Belmont Park.

Teammate, who was coming off a six-length win in the Bonnie Miss, was scratched because of a bruised right front hoof, trainer Allen Jerkens said.

* Flip de Lite, winner of the fifth race, fell down while galloping back to the winner's circle after the race. A 5-year-old gelding, he was vanned off with an injury to his shoulder.

* There were no winning tickets in the pick six, so there will be a carryover of $49,843 heading into Wednesday's card.

* Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train is entered to run in a six-furlong allowance race here Thursday.