Sunday, April 12, 2009


DREAM PLAY TAKES LEAD AND RINGS UP COMELY


Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, making her first start on Aqueduct’s main track, put away Grade 1 winner Laragh on Saturday afternoon, then splashed home to a 5½-length victory in the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.

Ridden by jockey Eddie Castro for his third victory of the afternoon, Dream Play took the lead early and tried to put Laragh tight on the rail through an opening quarter of 23.77. Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard Laragh, the Hollywood Starlet winner, got the message and moved his mount outside to stalk the leader after a half of 48.16.



Dream Play, a daughter of Hennnessy, held her lead to the top of the stretch, when she suddenly drew away from her rivals. Laragh back out completely, allowing Don’t Forget Gil to get up for second, but there was no catching the winner who stopped the clock at 1:39.51 for the third win of her five-race career.

“My opinion was to go onto the lead,” Castro said. “She’s run good on the lead, but not so good when she’s not in front. I was able to get up pretty easily and when I asked her, she kicked in.”

Having won run second in the Grade 3 Cicada here on the inner track on March 14, Dream Play will return to Belmont Park where she broke her maiden last May for the Grade 2, $150,000 Nassau County for three-year-old fillies at a mile. The Nassau County is one of three live feature races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 2, along with the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaugay Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and the Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.

“We were looking at the past performances right up to entry time (for the Comely),” said Artie Magnuson, assistant to Dream Play’s trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin. “When it looked like we might be in front by ourselves, we decided to enter. Good entry job by Kiaran! We thought she had a slightly trouble trip in the Cicada [she ran second], but continued on, which was encouraging.”

Dream Play returned $6 to the $2 win players among the crowd of 3,353.

Holdontoyourdream was third, followed by Subprime and Laragh.

Platinum Girl was scratched.

A reminder that Aqueduct Racetrack will be closed tomorrow, Easter Sunday, April 12, for both live racing and simulcasting.

The Big A will be open for simulcasting only on Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There is no admission or parking charge.

Live racing resumes at Aqueduct on Wednesday, April 15, with first race post at 1 p.m.


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