Dutrow has Comely Surrounded

Trainer Tony Dutrow seems to have found the right touch when it comes to running talented 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Last month, the Dutrow-trained Liam’s Dream took the first graded stakes for fillies at the Big A when she came up along the rail to win the Grade 3 Cicada. Saturday, Dutrow will play an even stronger hand as he saddles both She’ll Be Doggone and Volare Cantare in the 61st running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Comely for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the main track.

She’ll Be Doggone, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, is 2-for-2 at Aqueduct, having broken her maiden going 6½ furlongs over a muddy main track last November while in the care of trainer John Parisella. She returned in February to run off to a 4¾-length victory over the inner track in a six-furlong optional claimer.

“She’s got tactical speed, and I believe she’ll appreciate the increased distance,” said Dutrow, who won the 2008 Comely with Sherine. “I think she’s better than just a winter winner.”

The daughter of Gone West, owned by Morris Bailey, drew post No. 4 and will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.

Volare Cantare, owned by Susan Moore and M & M Thoroughbred Partners, was an impressive 12-length maiden winner over the inner track on January 8 in her second start. The Roman Ruler filly, a $70,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales last March, next finished third in the $100,000 OBS Championship for graduates of the sale.

“The day did not go well for her,” said Dutrow. “She did not break well, and it didn’t get much better after that. She’s back at Aqueduct and we’ve very, very happy with her.”

Volare Cantare, 8-1, will be ridden by Jose Espinoza from post No. 6.

A narrow second choice on the morning line at 3-1 is Touching Beauty, an impressive winner of a seven-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park in her most recent outing for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The daughter of Tapit, who fetched $235,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales in February of last year, broke her maiden at Saratoga Race Course last August and finished second to Awesome Maria in her next start, the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park.

Touching Beauty will be ridden by Mike Luzzi from the outside.

Roman Chestnut, who was purchased privately following her victory in the Busher on February 13, will be making her first start for new trainer David Duggan.

“We gave her some time off after the Busher,” said Duggan of Roman Chestnut, 15-1 on the morning line. “She’s had two good works. This is a step up for her, but she seems to improve with distance.”

Channing Hill has the mount from post No. 5.

Anchorage, the Busher runner-up who came back to finish third in the overnight Dreamy Mimi Stakes on March 11, will be seeking her first win since her maiden score last fall.

“She’s a filly that has talent in the right situation,” said Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Fernando Jara will ride Anchorage, 8-1 on the morning line, from the No. 3 post.

Also returning from back-to-back efforts in the Busher and the Dreamy Mimi is Speightful Affair, third as the beaten favorite in the former and second by a nose in the latter.

“It will be different going a one-turn mile, so we’ll see,” said Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. “She’s come around well.”

Speightful Affair, 5-1 on the morning line, will carry David Cohen as she breaks from post No. 7.

Completing the field are C C’s Pal, who will be making her New York debut on the heels of a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks on March 13, and Ruthless winner Indian Burn, third in the Grade 3 Cicada here on March 20.

The field for the Grade 3 Comely:








Indian Burn (KY)

R Migliore


J O Hertler



C C's Pal (FL)

E Coa


D S Ryan



Anchorage (KY)

F Jara


T A Pletcher



She'll Be Doggone (KY)

E S Prado


A W Dutrow



Roman Chestnut (MD)

C Hill


D P Duggan



Volare Cantare (KY)

J L Espinoza


A W Dutrow



Speightful Affair (ON)

D Cohen


S M Asmussen



Touching Beauty (KY)

M J Luzzi


J A Jerkens


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