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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 Belmont Park.  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 front.  


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 Park 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 November 10. 


“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.”

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