02/07/2009 1:00AM

Strut the Canary holds on


Jockey Jeremy Rose continued his winning streak in the $50,000 Marshua Stakes on Saturday, guiding Strut the Canary to victory by a head over Huge in the six-furlong sprint for for 3-year-old fillies.

Rose, who won the last two runnings of the race with Laila's Punch and Throbbin' Heart, brought Strut the Canary three wide nearing the quarter pole and took command at the top of the stretch, opening up to a three-length lead.

Huge, at 42-1, made a big rally late after angling out wide in the stretch but came up just short at the wire, finishing 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Our Khrysty.

Call of a Lion stumbled at the start, unseating jockey Harry Vega.

Strut the Canary, trained by Timothy Tullock Jr., completed the distance in 1:10.72 over a fast track and returned $3.60 as the favorite. The Everest Stables Inc. homebred, a daughter of Mineshaft out of Flash of Fashion, improved her record to 3 wins and 1 second from 4 starts and boosted her career earnings to $60,400.

Tullock said Strut the Canary would be pointed to the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct on March 14.