Robert L. Beck's Megascape got the jump on three rivals Sunday afternoon and took jockey Stewart Elliott to an easy victory over Aqueduct's fast inner dirt track in the $76,450 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. With the field reduced to four with the scratches of Whatatrophy Rack and Maysville, Megascape was returning to the scene of her last start when she won the Valley Stream (gr. III) on the Aqueduct main track as a 2-year-old on Nov. 21.Although she carried top weight of 122 pounds, Megascape delivered again. She broke on top and easily set an uncontested pace of :23 2/5; :46 2/5; and :58 3/5. She opened up a 5 1/2-length lead with a furlong to go, coming home a three-length winner in 1:11 2/5."She broke very sharp and just cruised," Elliott said. "It was pretty easy. She's a very nice filly." Trained by Steve Asmussen, who set a trainer record in 2004 with 555 winners, Megascape has now won four of six career starts. The New York-bred daughter of Cape Canaveral returned $3.50 and $2.50 as the favorite.Asmussen started 2005 Saturday by winning four races at Fair Grounds.
Pelham Bay ($3.30), who defeated Megascape in the Maid of the Mist during New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park on Oct. 23, was second, followed by Academy Brass and Dancin on Broadway. (Chart, Equibase)