11/26/2010 5:32PM

Spacy Tracy wins Top Flight

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Spacy Tracy, Jeremy Rose up, wins the Top Flight.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Spacy Tracy continued her transformation from a solid turf horse to perhaps an even better dirt horse with a three-quarter-length victory over Our Khrysty in Friday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to pacesetter Qualia in third.

The win makes Spacy Tracy 3 for 3 on dirt, a streak that began with a second-level allowance win at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 2 and included a listed stakes win at Delaware Park on Nov. 6. It was the first graded stakes victory for Spacy Tracy, a 5-year-old daughter of Awesome Again owned by Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable.

“We talked about the one mile – that wasn’t a concern of mine, and I’m glad I’m right,” said trainer Tony Dutrow, who was cutting Spacy Tracy back from two turns to a one-turn mile in the Top Flight. “She stepped it up in competition – she’d never run with anything like this before. She’s been in super form. If you own her or work with her, you had to be very proud of her today.”

Under Jeremy Rose, Spacy Tracy raced in fourth position early as Qualia, under Javier Castellano, set fractions of 23.73 and 46.68 seconds while being stalked by Funny Moon and Our Khrysty.

Rose had Spacy Tracy along the inside and in fourth position, and coming into the stretch all he needed was to find some running room. That didn’t come until inside the three-sixteenths pole when Rose was able to get Spacy Tracy off the rail and into the four path. Once in the clear, Spacy Tracy motored past Our Khrysty in deep stretch to get the victory.

Spacy Tracy covered the mile in 1:35.28 and returned $15.20 to win.

“She wanted to go, wanted to go. I just had to wait to get her outside,” Rose said. “I had to wait longer than I wanted to, but she really responded well.”

◗ Sal the Barber, under Cornelio Velasquez, rallied along the inside of pace-setter Followmyfootsteps in midstretch and outfinished that rival to the wire to win the $60,000 Three Coins Up Stakes by a head. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to Nicanor in third.

Sal the Barber, a 4-year-old son of Alphabet Soup owned by Lewis Schaffel and trained by Christophe Clement, won for the first time since he took the Grade 3 Calder Derby 13 months ago. Sal the Barber covered the 1 1/16 miles over a good turf course in 1:44.61 and returned $18.40.