11/18/2009 12:00AM

Rightly So always going full tilt


Nine fillies and mares who raced on Showcase Weekend at Belmont entered Thursday's $65,000 Love Is Eternal overnight stakes at Aqueduct.

The one to catch and beat in the one-mile race is Rightly So, the 5-2 morning line choice off a front-running score in a sloppy Iroquois. My Dinah and Sapphire Sky, second and third in that race, are back for a rematch, along with the 5-6-8 finishers, Afleet Alexandra, Gold for the Queen and R Betty Graybull.

Rightly So lost her debut to Gold for the Queen back on Jan. 3, and has fashioned a four-race win streak since then. After maiden and allowance victories on the inner track last winter, she returned in the fall to win her second-level condition narrowly over R Betty Graybull, and was never headed in the Iroquois in her first attempt past six furlongs.

The key is whether Rightly So can handle a stretch from seven to eight furlongs equally well.

"I don't know, I'm worried," said trainer Tony Dutrow. "She's a 'go' filly who's got running on her mind at all times, and if challenged, she's looking to fight. Maybe other people know [if a horse will stretch out], but I never know. I'm always taking as good a guess as I can."

Though Rightly So won without the lead in her comeback, she was all out to stave off R Betty Graybull after making a sharp run to the lead around the turn under jockey Ramon Dominguez.

"She took off with Ramon at the three-eighths pole - that's what she does," Dutrow said. "She made a big middle move and was game, and she was fresh because it was her first start back. But you can't win [at longer distances] that way. It would have to be perfect circumstances, and hope she would relax."

My Dinah, 5 for 8 at a mile, is the stronger half of an Akindale Farm entry for trainer Katie Feron, along with Them There Eyes.

Dry Martini, Honour Devil, and Tomcito, three of the five entered in last Saturday's no-go Stuyvesant, will run instead for $57,000 in race 3 on Thursday, an optional claimer at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Dry Martini, the 2008 Stuyvesant winner, is a slight choice over Honour Devil, who may be the lone speed.

Hunting, the '07 Stuyvesant winner, is in for $100,000. Giant Chieftan also entered.