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Millionreasonswhy eyes Comely

  • Millionreasonswhy (Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue)

Millionreasonswhy is slated to make her next start in the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct on April 7, trainer Ignacio Correas IV confirmed Sunday.

Millionreasonswhy returned from her runner-up performance in last year's Grade 2 Adirondack with a win in Saturday's Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park. In the seven-furlong Wide Country, her first start since August, Millionreasonswhy stalked the pace and wrested command from Dance to Bristol in midstretch, going on to defeat that rival by 1 1/4 lengths. It was an additional 12 3/4 lengths back to third-place finisher Officer's Holiday.

"You can never say with 100 percent certainty, but we'll probably run at Aqueduct," Correas said. "She came out of the race great, and we're going to for it. We wanted to see her run a good race. Not necessarily win, but run strong to the wire and try hard. She had been training well and did what I expected."

Owned by Sagamore Farm, Millionreasonswhy has made two starts in New York, winning the Grade 2 Matron in July at Belmont Park and finishing second by a neck to eventual champion two-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia in the Adirondack at Saratoga Race Course.

Correas said the grueling Adirondack, in which My Miss Aurelia gained the upper hand late following a lengthy stretch battle, prompted him to give Millionreasonswhy time off following the race.

"It was a race that could break a horse's heart," Correas said. "She wasn't the same filly after the race as she had been going into it, so we decided to give her some time off. She came back the same horse."

Correas said that if Millionreasonswhy performs well in the one-mile Comely, the filly could go on to compete in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks.

"I thought we'd go seven furlongs to a mile and then maybe the Kentucky Oaks," Correas said. "I don't think distance will be an issue."

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