01/14/2006 12:00AM

My Lordship wins again in blinkers

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My Lordship, with Cornelio Velasquez up, takes the Marshua's Dancer Stakes by a length over On the Bus.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jerry Bailey did not ride My Lordship for trainer Bill Mott in Saturday's $75,000 at Gulfstream Park. But it was some advice the Hall of Fame jockey gave Mott several months ago that might have gone a long way towards My Lordship's game one-length victory over On the Bus.

"I probably owe this win to Bailey," Mott said after the race. "Jerry told me to put blinkers on her two starts back, and that's something he rarely does. I don't think he's suggested I put blinkers on a horse three times in the last 10 years. But she's 2 for 2 on the turf since making the change."

Cornelio Velasquez became the regular rider of My Lordship, a 5-year-old daughter of Lord Avie, after guiding her to a similarly game head decision in Calder's Connie Ann Stakes, her 2005 finale. My Lordship stalked the pace from the outset of the 1 1/16-mile Marshua's Dancer, then engaged for command with On the Bus entering the stretch before gradually edging clear near the end.

On the Bus, never far back, was second-best, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Natalie Beach.

La Reina, the tepid 7-2 favorite, was eased across the wire and vanned off after the race.

My Lordship, who conceded six pounds to her 11 rivals as the 124-pound highweight, paid $9.80. Her final time was 1:40.48 over a firm turf course.

"I haven't carried that much weight since the Breeders' Cup," Mott quipped. "It was only a pound more than in her last start but a big spread back to the others. I thought that was a big effort for her today. It's nice to know she likes the course. That's pretty important here, so it will probably be wise to run her back here next."