02/06/2011 5:59PM

Super Espresso works hard for Sky Beauty win at Aqueduct


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Super Espresso was super determined to win on Super Bowl Sunday.

Needing virtually the entire length of Aqueduct’s inner track stretch to do it, Super Espresso, under Junior Alvarado, wore down longshot Diva’s Gold to win the $60,000 Sky Beauty Stakes by a head. It was 7 3/4 lengths back to Electric Gold in third. Lady Durlyn, Vindy City, and Kittylicious completed the order of finish.

The win was the third straight for Super Espresso after she lost her first six career starts. Super Espresso is a 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who was purchased for $1.1 million at auction by celebrity chef Bobby Flay. She is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won two races on the card.

Super Espresso raced third and on the outside as Electric Gold set fractions of 24.92 seconds and 49.05 for a half-mile while being stalked by Diva’s Gold, under David Cohen. Diva’s Gold took the lead in upper stretch, but Super Espresso gradually wore her down to gain the victory.

Super Espresso covered the mile over a sloppy track in 1:39.79 and returned $5.60 as the favorite.

Meanwhile, despite two longshot winners sent out by trainer Steve Asmussen, there were three bettors who hit the pick six, with each winning ticket returning $42,561. The sequence of 5-3-5-9-6-3 included Sunnybrook ($3.20), Light’s Out Lisa ($6.90), Rigby ($7.50), Dawly ($22.60), Alykela ($27.40), and Fiddler's Diva ($5.70).