05/24/2012 1:25PM

Parx: Nicole H again the one to beat

Barbara D. Livingston
Nicole H, with Ramon Dominguez up, wins the Correction at Aqueduct.

C C’s Pal and Winning Image, two mares who came out on the wrong end of photo finishes with Nicole H earlier this season, will take another crack at the five-time stakes winner in Saturday’s $150,000 My Juliet Stakes for female sprinters at Parx Racing.

Nicole H, who won the Grade 2 Distaff at Aqueduct as part of her abbreviated campaign in 2011, nearly added another Grade 2 win to her r é sum é when she was beaten a neck by Magical Feeling in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park in February. That day, Nicole H nosed out C C’s Pal for second.

C C’s Pal and Nicole H were rematched in last month’s seven-furlong Distaff. C C’s Pal was 4 1/2 lengths in front of a tiring Nicole H as the runner-up to It’s Tricky.

On New Year Day’s, racing over the inner track at Aqueduct, Nicole H got up by a neck over Winning Image in the six-furlong Interborough.

Cutting back to six furlongs, where she has 6 wins and 3 seconds in 9 starts, Nicole H figures to be tough as the 124-pound highweight in the five-horse field for the My Juliet. Her New York-based trainer, Mike Hushion, is 3 for 4 shipping into Parx since January 2011, including two stakes.

Six furlongs is shorter than C C’s Pal usually races, although she did win the Garland of Roses at the distance last December. She travels in from New York for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who is 11 for 32 (34 percent) at Parx the past two years, but 0 for 3 in stakes.

Winning Image is 2 for 3 at her home track, Parx, with both victories coming in overnight stakes. She has been freshened since taking the 6 1/2-furlong Langhorne in late March.

The field is rounded out by the Maryland-based Aquitania and locally based Derwin’s Star. Both are coming off daylight victories.

Aquitania, third behind Nicole H and Winning Image in the Interborough, scored a wire-to-wire win over a sloppy track in an overnight stakes at Belmont Park 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Derwin’s Star, winner of the Charles Town Oaks during her 3-year-old season two years ago, steps back into stakes company following a confidence-boosting 13 3/4-length romp against $10,000 starter allowance foes in the slop at Aqueduct.