10/29/2009 11:00PM

Yes She's a Lady returns in Poker Night


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After Yes She's a Lady won the by 10 lengths at Belmont on May 13, trainer Todd Pletcher understandably had high hopes for her.

"We were thinking of, maybe off that, going to the Acorn," Pletcher said, referring to the Grade 1 race run on Belmont Stakes Day.

But Yes She's a Lady came down with a respiratory illness that took a long time to get over. Sunday, she returns to the races in the $65,000 Poker Night Stakes at Aqueduct, hoping to salvage her 3-year-old season. Yes She's a Lady takes on six opponents in the seven-furlong stakes race.

Yes She's a Lady wintered in New York for Pletcher, winning a maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths over the inner track in her third start. She then won an allowance race at Philadelphia Park by 7 3/4 lengths in April before wheeling back in 16 days to win the Deceit, running a mile in 1:35.60. But then she was sidelined.

"She spiked a temperature, had a respiratory illness that we were having trouble clearing up, so she went to the farm in Kentucky and got a little time off," Pletcher said. "She's come back and has trained very well."

Pletcher said a good performance Sunday could earn Yes She's a Lady a start in the Grade 1 Gazelle here Nov. 28.

Trainer Bob Baffert has the uncoupled entry of Underground and Mother Ruth entered. Other contenders include Noise Feet and Love That Dance.

Justwhistledixie nears return

Justwhistledixie was nominated to the Poker Night, but new trainer Bill Mott said he did not think she was ready to run just yet.

Justwhistledixie won the Davona Dale and Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream but was scratched from the Kentucky Oaks in May with a bruised foot. She has not run since finishing second in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on June 6.

"She's just not ready yet," said Mott, who has gotten four works in the filly since Sept. 30. "We've got her on a breeze schedule, but she just hasn't had enough."

Justwhistledixie was transferred to Mott after West Point Stable and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin split up following Saratoga. With Lewis Lakin owning a significant percentage of Justwhistledixie, she was transferred to Mott.

Mott was hoping to get Justwhistledixie to the Grade 1 Gazelle but said he isn't sure she'll make it. Mott said he does hope to run Unrivaled Belle in the Gazelle. Unrivaled Belle won the Real Prize Stakes on Oct. 23 by 6 3/4 lengths, her third consecutive win.

"She's going the right way," Mott said. "She might be a nice filly."

Bridgejumpers take another hit

For the second time in a week, bridgejumpers took it on the chin. Friday, a total of $109,437 out of a pool of $126,154 was wagered to show on Crimson Tempest, who finished fourth in the fourth race at 3-10 odds. The race was won by 47-1 shot Wynot Siyue, who returned $96 to win and $58 to show. Second-place finisher Vortices returned $15.20 to show, and third-place finisher Previous Pleasure returned $34 to show.

According to NYRA officials, the largest off-track show wagers were made at Los Alamitos and the New Jersey hub. A little more than $35,000 was wagered to show at Los Alamitos, and just over $10,000 was wagered to show in New Jersey. Aqueduct handled the most show money, $39,500.

On Oct. 23, bridgejumpers took it on the chin when they overbet Bon Jovi Girl, who finished last of five in the Real Prize Stakes.

Casey taken to hospital

Apprentice jockey Amanda Casey was taken to North Shore Hospital after she was kicked in the upper body by her mount Karakorum Jete in the paddock before Friday's ninth race. Karakorum Jete was ordered scratched.

Casey was conscious, but she was placed in a neck brace and taken out of the paddock on a stretcher. Casey was forced to miss the Saratoga meet because of a shoulder injury. Earlier Friday, she recorded her first win since returning, aboard Wynot Siyue ($96) in the second.