02/18/2008 12:00AM

Ready for Fortune wins Dearly Precious


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Ready for Fortune overcame a bumping incident at the break to register a neck victory over Armonk in Sunday's $82,775 Dearly Precious Stakes at Aqueduct. It was 4 1/4 lengths back to True Intentions, a stablemate of the winner, in third.

Mario Pino guided Ready for Fortune to victory, the jockey's 6,032nd career win, tying him for 14th-place all-time with Hall of Famer Johnny Longden.

Ready for Fortune, making her first start for trainer Gary Contessa, broke from the outside post in the field of six. When the gates opened, Mikeslittlegirl came out on Ready for Fortune, pushing her even further out.

Ready for Fortune ($6.80) raced wide down the backside, was able to save some ground entering the far turn. Turning for home, Pino got Ready for Fortune into the three-path and she was able to run down Armonk in the final 70 yards. Ready for Fortune, a daughter of More Than Ready owned by Dennis Narlinger, covered the six furlongs in 1:11.31.

"I thought the winner would be on the lead, but when she broke, the horse inside of her came out and took her about five or six paths out,'' Contessa said. "She ended up last, but you know what? Sometimes, the best things are not what you planned.''

* Ravalo ($9.90) turned back a mid-race challenge from P. Kerney, to win the $64,950 Impressive Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths over the late-running Maddy's Lion. Maryland-based trainer Donald Barr shipped Ravalo to Aqueduct, though New York-based Cleveland Johnson was listed as the trainer of record. Mike Luzzi rode the winner, who covered six furlongs in 1:10.46.