One Smokin' Lady, who in her last start romped to a 5 1/2-length allowance victory at Philadelphia Park, will make the jump into graded stakes company in the $100,000 Cicada (gr. III), a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies March 14 at Aqueduct.
The Cicada will be the feature of a 10-race live card and goes to post at 4:50 p.m. EDT. A field of six was entered for the main track event.
It is easy to see why trainer Robert Reid Jr. is excited about One Smokin’ Lady. Her sire, Smoke Glacken, was a popular speedball who, as a 2-year-old, won the Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga by nine lengths. At 3, he won six of eight starts, including Belmont Park’s Riva Ridge (gr. III) and Laurel’s DeFrancis Memorial (gr. II).
The Cicada, however, will be One Smokin’ Lady’s first trip outside of Philly Park. But Reid believes she has earned her chance at some black type.
“Her numbers on the sheets are good, and we always felt that she could be any kind,” Reid said. “Once she figured out how to break, that was it. She broke on a dime last time and never looked back.
“She is a very smart filly and she seems to have figured it out. If we’re right about her, this is a good place to really get started. The good thing about her earlier races is that we know she doesn’t have to be on the lead.”
With regular jockey Frankie Pennington serving a suspension, One Smokin’ Lady will be ridden by Jose Flores.
“Jose worked her the other day (four furlongs, :47.38, March 7) and really liked the way she went,” Reid said. “She’ll ship up on race day.”
One Smokin’ Lady has won both of her starts this year after going winless as a 2-year-old. She was bred in Kentucky by Chadds Ford Stable and is owned by CJZ Racing.
Five fillies here, including One Smokin Lady, will carry 118 pounds.The highweight at 120 pounds is John Petrini’s Love That Dance.
Love That Dance, a daughter of Not for Love, has a record of 3-2-0 from six starts for trainer Ben Perkins Jr. She closed out 2008 with a pair of impressive wins, including a five-length victory in the New Jersey Juvenile at the muddy Meadowlands on Nov. 7. Mike Luzzi will have the mount.
The home field advantage seems to belong to Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, who has won two of three career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The Hennessy filly will break from the rail on the inner track where she easily won the Dearly Precious on Feb. 14.
What was particularly impressive about that race was that Dream Play had overcome some ankle issues that forced a layoff from May 2008 until January 2009. The Dearly Precious was only her second start off the layoff, and after being pushed from the start by Chattertown through a quarter mile of :23.32 and a half-mile of :46.99, Dream Play was in front by a head when she suddenly kicked clear and came home an easy 8 1/4-length winner in 1:10.86.
Eddie Castro has the mount for the Cicada.
Daily Star, who broke her maiden at first asking by a neck on Feb. 4; Heart Ashley, up from the Fair Grounds for trainer Steve Asmussen, and Purrfect Bluff, who just broke her maiden in her fifth career start, complete the Cicada field.