07/31/2003 11:00PM

'Willa' win puts her with elite


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Willa on the Move added her name to the list of top filly and mare sprinters in the country by registering a half-length victory over Shine Again in the Grade 3, $107,600 Honor-able Miss Handicap on a sloppy track at Saratoga on Friday.

Willa on the Move, last down the backstretch, rallied three wide entering the stretch, overtook both Redhead Riot and Shine Again near the sixteenth pole, then gradually edged away at the end. Shine Again forced the pace after breaking a step slowly, gained a brief advantage near midstretch but could not match strides with the winner in the final 70 yards. Smok'n Frolic split rivals and finished best of all.

Redheaded Riot gradually weakened to finish fourth followed by Raging Fever and Shawklit Mint.

Willa on the Move was ridden to victory by Edgar Prado and paid $7 after covering six furlongs in 1:09.91 seconds.

"Even though it was raining a lot of things shined for her today," said Anthony Dutrow, who trains Willa on the Move for owner Peter Angelos. "She liked the mud, got the trip and finished great. And that was a pretty good field she beat. There were three millionaires in there."

The Honorable Miss gave Willa on the Move the first graded win of her career. In her only previous start this season, the daughter of Two Punch was awarded the victory in Belmont Park's Extra Heat stakes following the disqualification of Redheaded Riot. As a 3-year-old, Willa on the Move finished second behind You in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes.

Dutrow said he would nominate Willa on the Move to the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga on Aug. 24.