Acey Deucey was headstrong as a 2-year-old, but has learned to rate off the pace in recent months. Jockey Diane Nelson, aboard Acey Deucey in all seven of her career starts, also seems to fit her like a glove."Diane's done a great job with her," Morrison said. "This filly's got a big kick, but you can't move too early. You have to be patient and wait."Morrison thinks his filly has additional improving to do."Time will tell, but I think she can be even better," he said. "Right now, I think she's good enough to try a grade I."Seeking the Ante finished a half-length behind Acey Deucey in the Comely, but might be able to turn the tables as racing shifts back to Belmont. Trained by John Kimmel, Seeking the Ante is a half sister to grade I winner Friends Lake, who won the 2003 Sleepy Hollow over this track.
$200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II), 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1. Acey Deucey, John Morrison, Diane Nelson, 122
2. Pretty Partisan, Tim Hills, Alan Garcia, 116
3. Exit to Heaven, Kiaran McLaughlin, Richard Migliore, 116
4. Bright Mahogany, Gary Contessa, Pablo Fragoso, 118
5. Winning Season, D. Wayne Lukas, Eibar Coa, 118
6. Seeking the Ante, John Kimmel, Mike Luzzi, 116
7. Quite a Ruckus, Kiaran McLaughlin, Aaron Gryder, 116
8. Slew Motion, Richard Dutrow Jr., Norberto Arroyo Jr., 116
Winning Season will race with blinkers.