Lansdon B. Robbins’ Fuzzy Britches, a six-furlong allowance
winner at Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, may make a rapid return in Saturday’s
37th running of the $65,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies going one
mile and 70 yards over the inner track.
The morning line favorite at 6-5, Fuzzy Britches kept fine
company as a juvenile, running third behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
winner Tapitsfly in October’s off-the-turf edition of the Miss Grillo stakes at
She was third again in the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle at Aqueduct on
November 28 and finished her 2-year-old campaign with a 1-1-2 record from four
starts, three of them in stakes company.
Wednesday’s race was the filly’s first start as a 3-year-old
and the daughter of Pollard’s Vision closed late to hit the wire 2¾ lengths in
There’s no reason she wouldn’t run back if she comes out of
the race okay, said trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. by phone from Florida.
Fernando Jara has the call aboard Fuzzy Britches, who drew
post position No. 4 in the field of five.
Set to face her are four less experienced fillies, all
making the first starts of their sophomore campaigns.
Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s well-bred Anchorage, a daughter of Tapit, will make her
first start since breaking her maiden at Delaware Park
on October 26. Morning-line second choice Age of Humor, owned by TYB
Stable, will stretch out following a second-place effort in a 6½-furlong
allowance race at Philadelphia
on December 7.
Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. has entered Judge Sonya, a daughter
of Delaware Township
owned by his father. While Delaware Township
was an accomplished sprinter, Perkins believes the filly has the potential to
go longer. She comes out of a one-mile allowance win at Penn National on
“I trained Delaware Township
and we always really thought he would stretch out, Perkins said of the two-time
Grade 1 winner, who captured the 2001 edition of the Forego at Saratoga Race
Course. Judge Sonya looks like a distance filly. She’s big and
leggy and a little long in the body. She ran well at Penn and that gave
us some encouragement.”
Completing the field is morning-line longshot Summer Humor,
who exits her maiden win at the Busanda distance over the Meadowlands oval on
December 3. The victory followed a second-place effort over the same
track at the same distance on October 24 and the filly’s connections believe
she is an improving horse.
“She was very green at first and she wants to run longer, said
Artie Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Her dam was tall
and she’s really grown this fall and winter and is improving all the time.”