12/13/2005 12:00AM

Stretchout led to breakout

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - has developed into one fast filly since being claimed by trainer Mark Shuman, but she must overcome the outside post as the probable favorite for Thursday's $65,000 Ride Sally Stakes at Aqueduct.

To be run at a mile and 70 yards, the Ride Sally is restricted to 3-year-old fillies who have not won an open stakes. Ms Louisa Quatorse drew the outside in a field of seven.

"She doesn't have to be on the lead, and from the outside post she's not forced to go," said Shuman, who was not worried at all by the draw. "She doesn't like to be rushed, so if I could have picked a spot for her it would have been the outside. From the inside you're kind of forced to go."

Ms Louisa Quatorse was going nowhere fast in sprints earlier this season, but has improved in leaps and bounds since being claimed from a runner-up finish in a $25,000 maiden-claiming sprint at Delaware Park four months ago.

The key has been more distance. Sired by Preakness winner Louis Quatorze and out of an Alysheba mare, Ms Louisa Quatorse has won 3 of 4 starts since being stretched out to routes, receiving Beyer Speed Figures of 92, 97, and 95 and winning as much the best against progressively tougher rivals.

"Her pedigree said she was dying to run long," Shuman said. "Stretching out just hit her in the head."

Breaking inside Ms Louisa Quatorse, from the rail out, are Spun Silk, Tax Considerations, Quick Queen, Dream Time, Pleasant Laughter, and Victory Pool.

Quick Queen was claimed from a $50,000 turf claimer at Saratoga by trainer John Pregman, and returned from a two-month freshening in early fall to run well in a pair of restricted stakes on the grass. In the recent Soaring Softly on yielding turf, she raced wide throughout and settled for third.

has won 2 of 3 starts since coming back from Saratoga and looms a legitimate threat for trainer Phil Serpe.

"She's on the improve, and her numbers are getting better," said Serpe.

Victory Pool, a three-time winner around two turns on the New Jersey circuit, comes off a best-ever performance to win a second-level allowance at The Meadowlands.