08/29/2011 3:55PM

Saratoga: Bourbonstreetgirl coming off tough debut victory


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Bourbonstreetgirl didn’t have the smoothest of trips when she won her career debut three weeks ago. Trainer Gary Contessa hopes the education the 2-year-old filly received that day pays dividends when she jumps into stakes company in Wednesday’s $75,000 P.G. Johnson at 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s Mellon Turf course.

Bourbonstreetgirl broke last, had a wide trip, was bothered a bit from her outside, then was forced to the inside, yet still had enough to outfight Ezpz Lemon Squeeze in her debut which came at 1 1/16 miles but was for a claiming price of $75,000. Contessa bought her for only $32,000, so he didn’t have a problem running her for $75,000.

“I ran her for $75,000 because I could,” Contessa said. “I don’t ever run a 2-year-old dead-ready to run. My feeling is I want them to improve off their first start, but she won anyway. I can only see her improving in her second start.

“I definitely feel she got an education out of that race,” Contessa added. “I love her attitude. She’s as level-headed as any 3-year-old I have in the barn. Nothing bothers her. She’s easy to deal with, easy on herself. I wouldn’t trade places with anybody in the race.”

Though Ramon Dominguez rode Bourbonstreetgirl first time out, Javier Castellano will ride her Wednesday. Dominguez is named to ride Visionaria, who is likely to scratch and run at Monmouth Park this weekend, according to trainer Graham Motion.

Crazy Party is likely to be favored after having run a professional race in winning her debut here for trainer Todd Pletcher on July 28. She received a ground-saving trip under John Velazquez, before tipping out three wide for the stretch and lengthening her stride beautifully late. For the second straight race Crazy Party will break from the rail.

My Due Process will attempt to stretch out from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles in the P.G. Johnson. She showed good speed in winning her turf debut by 5 1/4 lengths on Aug. 5, and trainer Dale Romans wants to give her a shot going longer.

“She’s a big, strong filly. She trains like she’ll stretch out – we don’t know till we try,” said Romans, who won this race in 2009 with Tapitsfly stretching out from seven furlongs. “If she does, it opens up so many more doors for her. She’s got a lot of class about her, that’s why we want to give her a chance.”

Idle Dance, Alaura Michele, New Wave, Zultanite, and Putthebabiesdown complete the field.