Leggio was pleased despite the loss.
"I am happy," Leggio said. "Two great horses and a great race."Final time for the 1 1/16-mile distance was 1:43 4/5."She just wanted it," Elliott said of Round Pond.As the 119-pound top-weight under the allowance conditions of the race, Happy Ticket was conceding six pounds to Round Pond, who, at 113 pounds, was the co-low-weight of the race.The 4-year-old Round Pond, and Happy Ticket, 5, both won grade I races during superb 2005 campaigns, and both had tuned up for their initial meeting with dominating wins last month. A bay daughter of Awesome Again , Round Pond won an optional claiming/allowance race over the Oaklawn course at six furlongs by 2 3/4 lengths Feb. 16. She has now won six of eight lifetime, including Belmont Park's Acorn (gr. I) last June, with earnings of $596,300. Happy Ticket has not been worse than second in 15 starts with 11 victories, including a 5 1/2-length romp in the Ballerina (gr. I) at muddy Saratoga in August.Round Pond led through quarter-mile fractions of :23 4/5, :48 2/5, 1:13 3/5 and 1:37 4/5. Platinum Ballet ranged up on the far turn while three wide but could not go with the other two, finishing 1 1/4 lengths behind in third.The 3-5 choice, Round Pond paid $3.20, $2.20, and $2.20. The ultra-game Happy Ticket returned $2.40 and $2.20. Platinum Ballet was $2.80 to show.La Reason finished fourth, followed by Took Out and Daddy's Petunia.On-track betting for the 11-race program totaled $1,826,755. Wagers at simulcast sites brought the total handle to $6,864,756.(Chart, Equibase)