04/06/2004 11:00PM

Society Selection eyes first win at 3


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After two losses as the heavy favorite in stakes run at Gulfstream Park, Society Selection will try to win for the first time since last year's Grade 1 Frizette in Friday's $100,000-added Comely at Aqueduct.

Society Selection, the most accomplished member of the nine-horse field, meets several promising 3-year-olds and gives away four to six pounds.

In the mile Comely, switches to one turn after three losses in two-turn races. She finished third Feb. 7 in the Grade 2 Davona Dale, her first start since finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in October. In her last start, on March 6, Society Selection was second in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss after uncharacteristically racing on the early lead. She was beaten two lengths by Last Song.

"She ran well in those races," said Allen Jerkens, Society Selection's trainer. "I think [Last Song] is an improving filly. [Society Selection] runs well around one turn, but if she is going to be the filly we hope she is, she will have to go two turns."

Jorge Chavez picks up the mount on Society Selection, who drew post 6 in the Grade 3 Comely.

has won both her starts and makes her stakes debut. Irish Melody's trainer, Todd Pletcher, said the filly showed tremendous poise in her career debut at Gulfstream in January.

"After she broke slowly, you wouldn't have liked her chances much because it looked like she had a lot of work to do," Pletcher said. "She showed much more than the average first-time starter. She gives us every indication she will step forward and go farther."

John Velazquez rides Irish Melody from post 4.

Daydreaming, fourth behind Society Selection in the Frizette, won a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream in her last start. Shug McGaughey, Daydreaming's trainer, said a softer spot would have been preferable, but thinks it's worth taking a shot in the Comely.

"She had a good winter, and I think the farther she goes, the better," McGaughey said.

, impressive in two sprint wins last fall at Golden Gate, makes her first start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. She was overmatched when she finished sixth and last in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks last month.

"We shopped around for the best spot and we hope we found it," McLaughlin said.

A Lulu Ofa Menifee is coming off easy wins at the Fair Grounds in a maiden and an allowance race.