Randaroo looks the likely favorite in Sunday's six furlong $100,000-added Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Randaroo, a winner by better than 10 lengths in her debut last month, heads a field of nine.
Owned by the Win & Place Stable and trained by Tony Dutrow, Randaroo led every step of the way in breaking her maiden. "Impressed yes, but surprised, no," said Dutrow. "She had always trained well and we've been high on her." Dutrow is a perfect four-for-four at the current meeting. Randaroo helps Dutrow make up for the loss of Forever Partners, the promising filly who had to be retired due to an injury sustained in the Spinaway (gr. I).
Conditioner Stanley Hough sends a pair into the Valley Stream, Parisian Deputy and Catbird Creek, for owner Einar Robsham. Both come off second-place allowance efforts.
Barrister Hall Stables' Midnight Cry, trained by the red-hot Kenny McPeek, should get plenty of attention. She has won two of three starts, and comes in off an allowance score at Keeneland.
Stonerside Stable's Fast Cookie was beaten a nose in the Astarita Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont, closing forcefully to just miss the win.
The field for the Valley Stream, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1)Parisian Deputy (Shaun Bridgmohan, 116)
2)Parting (Jorge Cheavez, 122)
3)House Party (Javier Castellano, 116)
4) Dreamy Song (Jose Santos, 116)
5) Follow Me Home (Tommy Turner, 116)
6) Randaroo (John Velzquez, 116)
7) Midnight Cry (Edgar Prado, 118)
8) Fast Cookie (Richard Migliore, 116)
1a) Catbird Creek (Shaun Bridgmohan, 116)