Updated on 09/15/2011 12:31PM

A runaway win for Fleet Renee

NYRA/ Adam Coglianese Photo
Under John Velazquez, Fleet Renee pulls away to a 5 3/4-length victory in the Mother Goose.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Fleet Renee put herself back in contention for divisional honors in the 3-year-old filly division Saturday with a devastatingly easy 5 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1 $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at steamy Belmont Park.

Real Cozzy, the runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks, had to settle for second-best again, rallying from last to finish three-quarters of a length ahead of Exogenous. Forest Secrets, the Acorn winner, finished a head back in fourth.

The victory was the second Grade 1 of the year for Fleet Renee, who upset Golden Ballet in the Ashland in April. Golden Ballet had won two Grade 1's and two Grade 2's before suffering a career-ending injury on June 5.

Fleet Renee disappointed as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks, finishing fourth behind Flute.

Trainer Michael Dickinson reasoned that Fleet Renee bounced in the Oaks, as she was running back only four weeks after her career-best effort in the Ashland. She had eight weeks between the Oaks and the Mother Goose.

"I was only hopeful today," Dickinson said. "I wasn't confident. I lost my confidence in the Oaks."

Dickinson's confidence should have been restored in the Mother Goose. Fleet Renee received a dream trip under John Velazquez, stalking from the outside the pace-setting duo of Forest Secrets and Mystic Lady, who set fractions of 23.33 seconds and 46.28 for the half-mile. Fleet Renee ranged up three wide approaching the quarter pole before taking command turning for home.

Fleet Renee covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.19 over a fast track and returned $6.10 to win as the favorite. Only Lakeway, who went 1:46.40 in 1994, ran a faster Mother Goose in the 43 runnings of the race at nine furlongs.

"She missed the break just because she was a little too anxious," Velazquez said. "I put my hands down and left her alone - I think that's what she wants you to do - and when you ask her she'll go."

Dickinson said Fleet Renee would run only twice more this year: the Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 19 and the Breeders' Cup Distaff here on Oct. 27.

The Alabama should also feature Flute, who missed the Mother Goose because of a bruised foot. Dan Peitz, trainer of Real Cozzy, is also looking forward to the Alabama.

The biggest disappointment in the Mother Goose was Two Item Limit, who was never involved and finished ninth, beaten 17 lengths. "She broke and she didn't seem to be able to push off well," jockey Richard Migliore said. "Maybe something's bothering her a little bit behind."