Always Shopping Wins the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 3

Race 8. Busanda Stakes. For Fillies Three Years Old at One And One Eighth Miles on dirt. Purse $100,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Always Shopping M Franco T A Pletcher 6/1
2 Getting Warmer M J Sanchez E J Coletti, Jr. 15/1
3 Afleet Destiny A Salgado U St. Lewis 9/2
4 Floss Dancer E Cancel M Tannuzzo 30/1
5 Discreet Sister J A Vargas, Jr. C A Lynch 20/1
6 Elegant Zip Scratched SCR
7 Lady Banba F Pennington R E Reid, Jr. 12/1
8 Destiny Over Fate R Gutierrez L Gaudet 16/1
9 Filly Joel J Lezcano R R Rodriguez 2/1
10 No Mo Lady Scratched Scratched SCR
11 Miss Marilyn J Alvarado D Gargan 5/1

$2 Wager Paid

Filly Win Place Show
Always Shopping 6.30 3.30 2.60
Filly Joel 3.70 2.60
Afleet Destiny 3.10

Our Top Three Picks

  • Always Shopping
  • Filly Joel
  • Miss Marilyn

Always Shopping, the 2-1 post-time favorite, broke her maiden in the $100,000 Busanda Feb. 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack. She finished ahead of rivals Filly Joel and Miss Marilyn by a 1 1/4 lengths.

Filly Joel was a member of pace setters that run the opening quarter-mile in :23.91.

Always Shopping broke from the inside post, saved ground along the rail from fifth position, and was content to track the leaders through a half-mile in :48.52. Filly Joel continued to dictate the pace as Getting Warmer and Miss Marilyn was siting directly behind her down the back stretch. Filly Joel maintained her lead through the final turn, Always Shopping was waiting on the inside near the rail and began to reel in the leader with every stride. Always Shopping ran by Filly Joel near the quarter pole and secured the win in a final time of 1:52.24.

Filly Joel finished second, while Afleet Destiny ran third.

By winning the 1 1/8-mile Busanda Stakes, Always Shopping was awarded 10 points toward a berth in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), on May 3 at Churchill Downs. Filly Joel was awarded 4 points and Miss Marilyn was awarded 2 points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

The Busanda was the second race in the Oaks qualifying series at Aqueduct, the other race was the Grade II Demoiselle, on Dec. 1, which was won by Positive Spirit.

 

 

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