10/27/2006 11:00PM

Miss Goodnight is good enough


In a field scratched down to just four 2-year-old fillies, Miss Goodnight stepped up from maiden winner to stakes winner with a 2 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Blue Hen Stakes on Saturday at Delaware Park.

Miss Goodnight was a romping 9 1/4-length winner in a maiden special weight sprint at Delaware three weeks ago, earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure that was the highest in the Blue Hen field. On Saturday, jockey Stewart Elliott eased her to the inside a couple of lengths off the pace of the Todd Pletcher-trained Glacken's Mark, the race's favorite, who set fractions of 24.99 seconds and 49.02 under Ramon Dominguez.

Approaching the six-furlong mark, Elliott made his move and took Miss Goodnight to a four-length lead in midstretch. Super Natascha, last early under Jeremy Rose, made a late bid but couldn't catch the leader. She finished 9 1/4 lengths clear of the fading Glacken's Mark; My Kitty was fourth.

Trained by Tim Ritchey, Miss Goodnight paid $7.20 to win and covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46.63 over a sealed, sloppy track. She is a daughter of 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg.