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Busanda draws six
Saturday's $100,000 Busanda, over one mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct on Saturday, drew a field of six, with Asiya narrowly favored over the Todd Pletcher-trained Princess of Sylmar and Kiss the Lady, a supplementary entry from trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
"She's a very nice filly," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of Asiya, who was third in her debut on October 11 at Belmont. "Going from a seven-furlong maiden win (on December 9) to a stakes race going long is a big step, but she's very talented and we think she will run well."
After finishing a disappointing fourth going 5 1/2 furlongs in October at Penn National, Princess of Sylmar rebounded a month later with a 19-length romp in a one-mile maiden event and next scored an easy 5 1/4-length win in an allowance on December 12 at Aqueduct.
"We wanted to take advantage of her being a Pennsylvania-bred, but she won so convincingly she earned her way to New York," said Pletcher, who will also saddle Coconut Shrimp. "The stretch out has helped her a lot."
Rounding out the field are Ruby Lips, and By Golly Molly.