04/19/2008 12:00AM

Rite Moment keeps on rolling


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Rite Moment transferred her stellar inner track form to Aqueduct's main track, rolling to a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $158,100 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct.

Lady Marlboro rallied from well off the pace to be second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Cowgirls Don't Cry. Golden Dawn, the even-money favorite, finished fourth, and was followed by Sutra and You Asked.

The victory was the third straight for Rite Moment and fifth from six starts this year. She won the listed Limit Stakes and Grade 2 Distaff over the inner track just 16 days apart in March. This was her third win in six weeks.

Under Rajiv Maragh, Rite Moment applied immediate pressure to Cowgirls Don't Cry and raced outside of her through fractions of 22.71 seconds and 45.72. Rite Moment caught Cowgirls Don't Cry outside the eighth pole and drew clear while drifting out a bit.

Despite her stellar record coming into the race, Rite Moment returned $9.90 as the third choice in the field of six. She covered seven furlongs in 1:22.66. She is owned by a group headed by Steve Sigler's Winning Move Stable and trained by Gary Contessa.

Maragh said he put Rite Moment into the race by design.

"That's the tactic I wanted to employ in this race because I thought it would be better to be closer to the pace because most of the horses in the race were stalkers; there wasn't a true speed horse other than [Cowgirls Don't Cry], and I thought she wasn't going to be as good to beat those horses," Maragh said.

While Rite Moment won her third straight race, Golden Dawn had her two-race winning streak snapped with a surprisingly dull fourth-place finish. She was sitting third behind Rite Moment and Cowgirls Don't Cry, but never fired under Channing Hill.

"She was in a perfect spot, they were running up front, she was in the catbird seat, and when it came time to punch . . . you figure it out," Hushion said.

The loss ruined an otherwise stellar day for Hushion and Hill, who combined to win the three previous races on the card, all for owner Barry Schwartz.