12/18/2004 12:00AM

Rare Gift dominates Ladies 'Cap


Rare Gift took the lead from 8-5 favorite Roar Emotion soon after the start and led past every pole to post a six-length score in Saturday's 134th running of the Grade 3 at Aqueduct.

Away alertly beneath Richard Migliore, Rare Gift took the lead on the rail while prompted by Roar Emotion through moderate fractions of 25.05 seconds, 49.91, and 1:14.83, and opened up through the lane to win the 1 1/4-mile event in 2:05.51 on a fast inner-dirt track. Board Elligible came through on the inside to get second by a neck over Miss Fortunate, who had three lengths on fourth-place finisher Nevermore. Roar Emotion faded to wind up fifth. Points West, French Hideaway, and Rendezvous Point completed the order of finish.

Rare Gift, one of two 3-year-old fillies in the field, won for the third time in nine lifetime starts for trainer John Kimmel and paid $10.40 to win as the second choice.

"We'll take her to Florida and freshen her up to get her ready for a campaign this winter," Kimmel said.

* In the $50,000-added City Zip Stakes, an overnight sprint stakes for 2-year-olds, Pavo trailed early, split rivals on the turn under Alan Garcia, and wore down Benjamin Baby by a half-length after six furlongs in 1:10.75.

Benjamin Baby dueled for the lead with Lieutenant Danz, opened up a clear lead in midstretch, and held well to finish second by just over seven lengths. Carson's Bridge, the prohibitive 3-10 choice, stumbled badly at the start, chased the pace, and faded to finish fourth.