Unbeaten How True It Is, a $450,000 2-year-old purchase last February who won both her starts at Gulfstream Park for trainer Joe Orseno, could be the one to beat in Saturday's $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
The seven-furlong event drew a field of six.
How True It Is, racing for Never Tell Farm and Richard Haisfield, easily handled a full field to take a maiden special weight by seven lengths in 1:09 4/5 for six furlongs. When stretched out to a mile facing winners for the first time, the Yes It's True
filly disposed of early challengers en route to a comfortable 3 ¼-length victory.
How True It Is will break from the inside post in the Nassau County with Eibar Coa, who entered Thursday's card five wins shy of 3,000 for his career. Orseno is hoping the Nassau County will serve as a good springboard to the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) on Belmont Stakes Day June 10.
Another interesting shipper in the Nassau County is John Ferris' Hello Liberty, who has notched wins at Prairie Meadows, Keeneland and Delaware Park. The daughter of Forest Camp
comes off a stakes win in Delaware's Peach Blossom and scored at seven furlongs in her third career start.
Larry Jones, who conditioned Island Sand to win the 2004 Acorn, trains Hello Liberty.
Jones knows the Nassau County will be a significant class hike for Hello Liberty, but he is willing to roll the dice.
"When you come into Belmont, you know you're hooking good stuff," Jones said. "I haven't seen the past performances of the horses that are running, but I think we'll fit. With what success we've had in the past, it gives me a little more confidence to ship in to Belmont."
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens has two of the four New York-based horses in the race.
Hobeau Farm's Swap Fliparoo scored her first stakes win in the Red Princess at Aqueduct last month while Diamond Spirit will be making a turf-to-dirt move.
Swap Fliparoo rallied from last to win the Red Princess, her first start with Lasix.
Joseph Allen's Diamond Spirit has handled both turf and dirt. Jerkens is opting to move her back to the main track after a good runner-up finish in the Herecomesthebride (gr. III) at Gulfstream. After breaking her maiden on the dirt at Aqueduct last fall, the Holy Bull
filly returned for a second in the Valley Stream (gr. IIIT).
Kinsman Stable's Crystal Current returns to New York after disappointing as the 6-5 favorite in the Florida Oaks. The daughter of A. P. Indy
and Dream Supreme won a stakes in her first start of 2006, the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs.$200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II, Race 8, 4:48 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 7 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. How True It Is (FL), 116, Eibar Coa
2. Swap Fliparoo (FL), 118, Andrew Lakeman
3. Win McCool (KY), 116, Richard Migliore
4. Hello Liberty (KY), 120, Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
5. Diamond Spirit (VA), 116, Michael J. Luzzi
6. Crystal Current (KY), 116, Jose A. Santos