04/08/2010 12:00AM

She'll Be Doggone ready to try mile

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Tony Dutrow said he isn't sure how She'll Be Doggone will handle a mile in her stakes debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct. But he certainly doesn't seem too worried about it.

"Her breeding, her training, the way she raced - I like everything about going farther with her," Dutrow said. "She's improving. Looking forward to it."

She'll Be Doggone meets seven other 3-year-old fillies in the Comely, which goes as race 9 on a 10-race Saturday card at Aqueduct. The Comely is the third leg of a late pick-four wager with a guaranteed pool of $250,000.

A daughter of Gone West owned by Morris Bailey, She'll Be Doggone is 2 for 2, with wins at 6 1/2 and six furlongs. She won her debut over Aqueduct's main track by a neck in the mud last November. Trained then by John Parisella, She'll Be Doggone was moved to Dutrow before her next start, a first-level allowance, which she won Feb. 15 and earned an 87 Beyer Speed Figure.

With Ramon Dominguez at Keeneland on Saturday, Edgar Prado picks up the mount on She'll Be Doggone, who breaks from post 4.

Dutrow will also send out Volare Cantare, who scored a 12-length win in a maiden special weight race at a mile and 70 yards Jan. 8. She made her next start in the OBS Championship over a synthetic surface and finished third.

"Volare is taking a big step," Dutrow said. "I'm very happy to get her back on dirt. That's what she wants."

Jose Espinoza rides Volare Cantare from post 6.

Touching Beauty, a daughter of Tapit, returns to New York after wintering in south Florida, where she finished sixth in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes before winning a first-level allowance race going seven furlongs. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said he is hoping jockey Mike Luzzi doesn't have to use Touching Beauty too early.

"She seems to be better with a more gradual run," Jerkens said.

Speightful Affair was beaten a nose by undefeated Shine Upon in a mile and 70-yard overnight stakes last out and will probably appreciate turning back to a one-turn mile.

Indian Burn, who won the Ruthless and was third in the Grade 3 Cicada, and Roman Chestnut, who upset the Busher at 45-1, are the only stakes winners in the field. C.C.'s Pal and Anchorage complete the field.