Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and The Elkstone Group LLC's Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) earned her third straight stakes victory, as well as 100 points toward a guaranteed starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1), when capturing Saturday's $300,000 Gazelle S. (G2) at Aqueduct with jockey Joel Rosario aboard.
The Rudy Rodriguez-trained filly had to fight to claim pacesetting duties, but soon led the way down the backstretch while tracked by Puca (Big Brown) and Jacaranda (Congrats). Those two were joined by Noble and a Beauty (Noble Causeway) and Wonder Gal (Tiz Wonderful) rounding the turn, but not one could make up ground on Condo Commando, who drew off to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52 for nine furlongs on the fast main track.
Puca took second to earn 40 points and now boasts a total of 45 on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Money'soncharlotte rallied for third, but is not nominated to the Oaks, and Wonder Gal moved up slightly on the Oaks leaderboard when finishing fourth to be awarded 10 points.
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