05/07/2005 12:00AM

Nassau County: New York-breds rule


Seeking the Ante completed an all-New York-bred stakes double in the $200,000 for 3-year-old fillies. Under Mike Luzzi, Seeking the Ante came from off the pace to win the Grade 2 Nassau County by a length over Slew Motion.

Acey Deucey, the 8-5 favorite in the seven-furlong Nassau County, finished fourth after failing to launch a rally in the stretch, a move that won her the Grade 2 Comely in her previous start. Exit to Heaven, the pacesetter, finished third, two lengths behind Slew Motion. Seeking the Ante ($13) ran the distance in 1:22.86.

Seeking the Ante was cross-entered in Sunday's restricted Bouwerie Stakes, as were Acey Deucey and Slew Motion.

The win was very satisfying for Chester and Mary Broman, who own and bred Seeking the Ante, a half-sister to last year's Florida Derby winner, Friends Lake. The Bromans raced Seeking the Ante's stakes-winning dam, Antespend, who died while foaling Seeking the Ante.

John Kimmel, Seeking the Ante's trainer, said he believes the future is bright for his filly.

"I'm very confident that this filly can stretch out in distance," said Kimmel, who added that the Grade 1 Acorn at a mile on June 10 is a possible target for Seeking the Ante. "She'll have more of a chance to settle going longer, and that's what she wants to do. Obviously, she stamped herself as a quality filly."