When last seen on Aqueduct’s inner track, Repole Stable’s Lights Off Annie was on her way to her first stakes win, a five-length score over Let’s Fly Away in the Broadway Handicap on March 1. It was the four-year-old daughter of Freud’s fourth victory in five starts since finishing seventh in her debut, her only loss during that period coming when stretched out to a mile on Feb. 11.
Friday afternoon, Lights Off Annie tries to make it two straight for trainer Bruce Levine when she takes on four other fillies and mares going six furlongs in the $65,000 Missy’s Mirage, an overnight stakes to be run as the eighth race. And while her four victories have come with a combined winning margin of nearly 25 lengths, Friday afternoon’s feature appears a much tougher spot even with the services of Rajiv Maragh, the second-leading rider at the Big A.
Richard Migliore, aboard for her most recent win in the overnight Soft Morning on Jan. 11, has the mount.
Drawing the rail in the Missy’s Mirage is Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s Carolyn’s Cat, winner of the Grade 3 Cicada over the Big A’s inner track last March. The 4-year-old daughter of Forestry, a $650,000 purchase at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton sales, next ran second to Zaftig in the Grade 3 Nassau County on May 3 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, but has not been seen since.
Eddie Castro, No. 4 among Aqueduct’s top jockeys, will ride.
Coming in from the left coast is Louis Lazzinnaro’s Moonshine Alice, who is returning to dirt after four losses on turf and synthetics. Winner of three straight on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs before being transferred to Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel’s barn, the four-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Straight Man breaks from post No. 2 under Aqueduct’s leading rider, Ramon Dominguez.
Completing the field is CP Racing’s Are We Dreamin, the senior member of the field at age 5, with nine victories from 41 lifetime starts. Trained by Randi Persaud, the daughter of Yes It’s True shortens up from a mile and seventy yards and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik.
The field for the $65,000 Missy’s Mirage
PP Horse Wgt. Jockey Trainer
1 Carolyn’s Cat 118 Eddie Castro Kiaran McLaughlin
2 Moonshine Alice 118 Ramon Dominguez Bobby Frankel
3 Are We Dreamin 122 Rosie Napravnik Randi Persaud
4 Lights Off Annie 122 Rajiv Maragh Bruce Levine
5 By the Light 122 Richard Migliore Richard Dutrow Jr.