02/25/2011 2:36PM

Return to sprint should help Wind Caper in Patty's Positive

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Wind Caper, who tried two turns twice to no avail earlier this winter, turns back to six furlongs and heads a field of five fillies and mares in Sunday’s $60,000 Patty’s Positive overnight stakes at Aqueduct.

In mid-December, Mike Hushion stretched out Wind Caper following a pair of blowout sprint victories in the fall. She was sent off as the favorite in the Sky Beauty overnight stakes at a mile and 70 yards, and ran off to an eight-length lead through enervating fractions on the far turn before succumbing late to wind up third.

A month later, Wind Caper tried routing again in the one-mile Lady On the Run. She set the pace but settled for second against Quiet Giant, who is now 3 for 3 at the meet after winning last week’s Rare Treat in a runaway.

In addition to a favorable distance change, Wind Caper gets a noteworthy switch back to Ramon Dominguez on Sunday. The 5-year-old Wind Caper has won all three of her starts with the reigning Eclipse-winning rider by better than 11 lengths. Wind Caper is the 8-5 morning-line choice from post 2.

Rick Dutrow sends out 40 percent of the field in Purrfect Bluff, who breaks from the rail, and Five Grand Girl, who breaks from post 4.

Purrfect Bluff, who tops the lineup in wins and earnings, won or placed in 11 of 16 starts last year. She was claimed out of a win for $25,000 in late October, and comes into Sunday’s race off back-to-back thirds in the Interborough and Correction.

Five Grand Girl began 2010 running in a $15,000 claimer. By the end of the year, however, she had won two allowance races at Monmouth Park and just missed in another at Parx Racing.

Five Grand Girl returned from a freshening here last month and drew off in the stretch to win a starter allowance at 3-5. She turned in a bullet workout Wednesday for Dutrow, whose eight consecutive exacta finishers from Feb. 16-21 included local stakes winners Eminent Tale and Be Bullish, and General George runner-up Laysh Laysh Laysh.

Wild News, a second-level allowance winner opening week at the meet with a career-best Beyer Figure, makes her first start for Bruce Levine. She looms the main speed from outside.

Electric Gold, who three weeks ago ran third in an overnight stakes also named the Sky Beauty, completes the field.