01/28/2009 12:00AM

She's Prime seems to like two turns


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - If you judge She's Prime by the company she has kept, she looks better than her 1-for-6 record might suggest. She's Prime looks especially good when you judge her against the company she's keeping in Friday's featured first-level New York-bred allowance at Aqueduct.

She's Prime will face nine rivals in the one-mile allowance, none that has proven to be as good as some of the fillies She's Prime met in maiden races earlier in her career. In her first three starts, She's Prime was beaten by Doremifasollatido, Sarah Accomplished, and Don't Forget Gil, all of whom went on to win stakes.

She's Prime won her first race in her fourth career start, a front-running 4 3/4-length victory over the inner track on Dec. 13. That also happened to be her first start around two turns.

"I think the stretch-out really helped her,'' trainer Michael Miceli said. "She's able to keep up a nice, forward position under a hold instead of having to be driven to be close. She does have natural speed, but not sprint natural speed.''

In her first try at this level, She's Prime was beaten by What a Pear, who is 2 for 2 and likely headed for the Busher Stakes at the end of February. By breaking from the rail on Friday, She's Prime looks primed to make the early lead under Rajiv Maragh.

"Hopefully she'll break well and get on top and keep on going,'' Miceli said. "If she duplicates her last race, I think she'll be tough.''

La Concerto, a daughter of Aptitude from the Steve Asmussen barn, makes her first start around two turns. She finished a head behind She's Prime in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race last October.

Kiss and Fly is 3 for 4, her loss coming in the Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes. She finished fifth that day, two lengths behind third-place finisher She's Prime.

A Rose for You heads Correction

When Michael Trombetta elected to run A Rose for You in the New Year's Eve Stakes on Dec. 30 at Mountaineer as opposed to the Interborough at Aqueduct on New Year's Day, he opted for the richer purse and seemingly easier field.

Though A Rose for You finished ahead of nine other horses that night, she was second best to Royale Michele, who beat A Rose for You by three lengths. Saturday, A Rose for You returns to New York for the $65,000 Correction Stakes, where she will meet five rivals in the six-furlong sprint.

A Rose for You won the Star de Lady Anne Stakes over Aqueduct's main track on Nov. 26 in gate-to-wire fashion. She figures to be a pace factor once again under Ramon Dominguez from post 2.

Intentional Fever and Blowing Kisses finished heads apart when second and third, respectively, behind odds-on choice Zada Belle in the Interborough. Blowing Kisses did not have the best of trips, stumbling at the break, taking a truckload of dirt in her face down the backside, and being floated extremely wide in the stretch. She was beaten 4 1/2 lengths.

Distorted Passion, winner of the Foil Stakes, is another contender in the compact field. Coli Bear, last after setting the early pace in the Interborough, and Awesome Chic, sixth in the Foil, complete the field.

McCauley returning to New York

Jockey Herb McCauley, who resumed riding in 2007 after a 10-year hiatus, is moving his tack from south Florida to New York beginning next Wednesday. He will be represented by agent Rob Whitlock, who split with Pablo Fragoso on Tuesday.

Since 1975, McCauley has won 3,076 races. His career seemed like it was over when he suffered a severely broken leg in a spill at Monmouth Park in 1998. He resumed riding in 2007 and moves his tack around from New York to New Jersey to south Florida. He won 22 races at Calder, with 12 of those wins coming at the Tropical-at-Calder meet that went from Oct. 20 to Jan. 2.

McCauley has been riding at Gulfstream where, he is just 1 for 15 through Wednesday. He is named to ride Hopeful Image in Friday's $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and Stately Character in Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes for 3-year-old males.

McCauley began riding in New York on a regular basis in 1987 and enjoyed his best year in 1992 when he was the second leading rider in stakes won with 25, four behind Mike Smith.

McCauley won three riding titles at Monmouth Park in the 1980s, including 1985 when he ranked third in the nation in races won with 316.

* Pumpkin Shell worked four furlongs in 51.63 seconds Tuesday over Belmont Park's training track. It was her first breeze since winning the Busanda on Jan. 10. Trainer David Donk is pointing her to the $65,000 Busher Stakes on Feb. 22.

* Wednesday's cancellation due to a snow and ice storm was just the second scrapped card of the inner track meet through the first 34 scheduled cards. The inner track meet runs through March 29.