Updated on 09/17/2011 11:27PM

Regal Engagement upsets Busher Stakes

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Regal Engagement wins the $70,655 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Regal Engagement squeezed through a narrow opening in deep stretch to win the $70,655 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct.

It was a race in which little unfolded as expected.

Daytime Promise was the 4-5 favorite following a pair of dominant inner-track wins that included the Busanda Stakes on Jan. 22.

Somewhat surprisingly, Daytime Promise was the trailer in the seven-horse field through the first quarter and wound up in a tight spot turning for home.

Jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr. claimed foul against Regal Engagement and Ramon Dominguez, alleging interference at the quarter pole. The stewards dismissed the objection.

Daytime Promise shook loose late and rallied to get third.

Regal Engagement ($17.80), a front-running maiden winner in her previous start, was also reserved behind the slow pace set by Trendy Lady.

It appeared the pacesetter might steal away as Trendy Lady ran three quarters in 1:15.67 and turned for home with a 2 1-2 length lead.

Regal Engagement ranged into contention with an outside move on the second turn before shifting inside. She shook loose in deep stretch and surged past Trendy Lady to get up by a neck in 1:47.15 for 1 1-16 miles on the fast track.

"She did it very easily last time," said Dominguez. "This was a different scenario. She's a pretty long filly and you think it will take her a while to get going, but she makes it so easy for you. As soon as you take a hold of her, she's ready to take off."

Winning trainer Tom Bush savored the moment the $80,000 yearling purchase at the September Keeneland sale.

"That was as good a thrill as you get," said Bush. "We're delighted the filly is going the right way."

Bush has not targeted a next start but would not hesitate to give Regal Engagement more distance.

"This filly is bred to go as far as they want to write them," said Bush of the daughter of Cat Thief. "That's what you're always hoping for."