08/28/2009 11:00PM

Music Note shows she's back

Barbara D. Livingston
Music Note romps in the Grade 1 Ballerina on Saturday at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - As bad as things went for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable at Belmont Park is as good as thing are going for the outfit at Saratoga.

Music Note, a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont in June, bounced back with a huge performance, splashing to a powerful 5 1/4-length victory in Saturday's at soggy Saratoga.

Indian Blessing, last year's Test winner and the slight Ballerina favorite, finished second, one length ahead of Informed Decision. P.S.U. Grad and Tar Heel Mom completed the order of finish. Modification was scratched at the gate.

The Ballerina was the seventh win and fifth stakes for Godolphin at this meet. That includes the Go for Wand with Seventh Street, the Test with Flashing and, earlier on Saturday's card, the Victory Ride with Sara Louise. Godolphin nearly won another one but Vineyard Haven was disqualified from first in the Grade 1 King's Bishop for interfering with Capt. Candyman Can. At Belmont, Godolphin went 1 for 13 with just one overnight stakes victory.

Last year, Music Note lost a heart-breaking head decision to Proud Spell in the Grade 1 Alabama and with it the Eclipse Award for 3-year-old filly champion despite the fact she won three Grade 1 races.

In her 4-year-old debut, Music Note made a premature four-wide move and faded to fifth, beaten 10 1/4 lengths. One reason Music Note was pointed to the Ballerina was because the two main contenders in the race, Indian Blessing and Informed Decision, looked like speed horses who would set things up for Music Note from off the pace.

Breaking from the rail under Rajiv Maragh, Music Note raced within two lengths of the lead inside of Indian Blessing and Informed Decision. After an opening quarter of 23.13 seconds, Maragh shot Music Note through the inside and she took a short lead entering the far turn.

"She got there on her own will, I wasn't rushing her to be there, that was to my advantage not being eight or nine lengths back," Maragh said.

Indian Blessing, under John Velazquez, came back on Music Note and poked a head in front with three furlongs to go. Music Note came right back, and straightening away for home she began to pull away from Indian Blessing under just a vigorous hand ride from Maragh.

Music Note, a daughter of A.P. Indy, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.10 in the slop and returned $13.60 to win.

"She's back to the same form that she was last year," trainer Saeed bin Suroor said. "She's a top filly, she obviously tries hard. He gave her a brilliant ride. She handled the mud really well today; she showed a good turn of foot."

John Velazquez, the jockey of Indian Blessing, said it wasn't his intention to have her on the lead, but "she just happened to be there and she got tired."