posted her third win in four starts at Aqueduct Racetrack by taking the $75,000 Garland of Roses by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday.
A 3-year-old making her first start against older runners, Singlet was part of a three-way scramble for the lead as she raced outside of Curlina and Moonlit Malibu through an opening quarter mile in 23.03 seconds. Singlet claimed a narrow advantage inside the five-sixteenths, then showed her heels in the stretch to favored Kid Kate, who was making her final career start. Delightful Quality finished 2 ½ lengths behind the winner in third.
Singlet ran six furlongs in 1:10.75 and returned $5.80 for a $2 win wager as the 9-5 second choice.
“I didn’t want to get tangled up with too many of them; I just rode my race,” said winning jockey Mike Luzzi. “Cornelio [Velasquez aboard Delightful Quality] didn’t take the spot, so I took it, and turning for home I just asked her.”
Singlet opened her sophomore campaign with three starts at Aqueduct. She won the Xtra Heat starter stakes in January and the Dearly Precious overnight stakes in February on the inner track, then was fourth in the Grade 3 Comely in April on the main track.
Following her stint at Aqueduct, Singlet finished fourth in the Just Smashing in June at Monmouth Park and second in both the Femme Fatale in July at Penn National and Miss Woodford back at Monmouth in September.
“She had her sexy on today,” said Tony Dutrow, who trains Singlet for Michael Dubb, Larry Brafman, and Daniel Ryan. “She was freshened [after the Miss Woodford], and apparently she had running on her mind today. We were hoping she’d come out running. She did very well on the inner track last year, so we’re going to keep her in New York for a winter campaign.”
A daughter of Real Quiet, Singlet is now 5-3-0 in 10 starts, with earnings of $256,644, including $45,000 for her Garland of Roses victory.
Curlina tired to fourth, and she was followed by Jelly Cable and Moonlit Malibu. Morrow Cove and Withgreatpleasure were scratched.
The Pick 6 eluded bettors for a second straight day, creating a $73,398 carryover into Sunday’s card. Race 4 serves as the first leg of the Pick 6, which has a scheduled post time of 1:54 p.m.
Those who wish to play the Pick 6 can place their bets at Aqueduct or the Belmont Café, or through NYRA Rewards, which offers Internet, On-Track, Phone, and Mobile wagering.