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Flipcup faces open rivals in Busanda
Saturday's $100,000 Busanda features a field of eight three-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Flipcup, a runaway winner of the recent East View for New York-breds, will tackle open company in the one-mile and 70-yard event on the inner track.
As part of the "Prep Season" portion of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks scoring system, the Busanda will offer points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
A daughter of Milwaukee Brew, Flipcup opened her racing career with a pair of wins on Woodbine's Polytrack and finished third when making her stakes debut in the South Ocean in late November. She was then transferred to trainer George Weaver and made her first New York start in the December 22 East View, posting a facile 4 1/2-length decision at the Busanda distance. Rajiv Maragh retains the mount on the bay filly.
David Jacobson, who won a record 164 races at NYRA tracks in 2013, will send out a pair of contenders in Alpaca Fina and Derek's Girl. Alpaca Fina, who finished third when making her second career start in the Sharp Cat, returns to stakes competition following a pair of wins over optional claiming foes on the main track at Aqueduct. Derek's Girl exits a third in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes.
Camille Claudel ships in from Maryland following a 19-length maiden win on a sloppy track at Laurel Park and Forest Boyce will be in for the mount aboard the Francis Abbott III-trained gray. Fleet of Gold exits a three-length maiden tally at Laurel for Tony Dutrow.
Todd Pletcher doesn't have a top contender, but the leading trainer will be represented by a pair of runners, Fierce Boots and Spanish Gold. Ketel Twist, conditioned by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, rounds out the field.