03/19/2011 6:08PM

Quantum Miss rebounds with Cicada win

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Quantum Miss, Cornelio Velasquez up, wins the Cicada.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Quantum Miss proved that her poor performance in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes 10 weeks ago at Gulfstream Park was an aberration by recording a front-running, half-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

After dueling through solid fractions outside of Roman Treasure, Quantum Miss, under Cornelio Velasquez, opened up a two-length lead in midstretch, then held off a late run from a slow-starting Coax Liberty to earn the victory. It was 3 3/4 lengths back to Dream in third. She was followed in the order of finish by Roman Treasure, In Step, Wild About Sonny and Full Moon Blues.

The victory was the third from five starts for Quantum Miss and her second stakes score. She was coming off the worst performance of her career when fifth as the favorite in the Old Hat at Gulfstream on Jan. 5.

Tony Dutrow, the trainer of Quantum Miss, offered no excuse for his filly's performance that day, but thought her worthy of another chance in a graded stakes. Watching the race on television from Oaklawn Park, Dutrow said he was impressed with his filly's performance Saturday.

"She hadn't been out in a while, she broke running, she took heat down the backside and held on against what seems to me a nice group of fillies," said Dutrow, who trains Quantum Miss for owner/breeder Daniel Ryan. "She had to answer the question today and she did very well for herself. She established herself as somewhat of a quality filly."

Velasquez said he didn't want to get into a duel with Roman Treasure - the two dueled through a half-mile in 46.07 seconds - but his filly wanted to run.

"I tried to get her to relax but, she fought too much," Velasquez said. "I had a lot of horse the last part of the race."

Quantum Miss covered the six furlongs in 1:11.99 over a fast inner track and returned $5.80 as the 9-5 favorite.

Coax Liberty, who shipped here last month from Maryland to win the Dearly Precious Stakes, was compromised by a slow start, which had her at the back of the pack early. Though she made a late run under Eurico Da Silva, it fell short.

"He said she kind of sat down at the start and missed the break," trainer James Lawrence said. ``You got to have your i's dotted and t's crossed. She was just a little antsy at the gate and it definitely cost us.''

Dutrow said he would keep Quantum Miss at six furlongs with his major objective being the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont on July 4.