Society Selection with Jorge Chavez aboard runs to victory in the Comely Stakes, Friday at Aqueduct.

Society Selection with Jorge Chavez aboard runs to victory in the Comely Stakes, Friday at Aqueduct.

AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese

Society Selection's Big Move Wins Comely

(from Aqueduct report)
Favored Society Selection, who lost twice in graded stakes races at short odds at Gulfstream Park earlier this year, turned in a smashing effort Friday to win the $112,000 Comely (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Society Selection, a daughter of Coronado's Quest, was checked early but uncorked a dramatic wide move on the turn to overtake Bending Strings and go on to a three-length victory under jockey Jorge Chavez in 1:35 4/5 for the one-turn mile.

Owner/breeders Irving and Marjorie Cowan convinced Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens to run Society Selection Friday instead of waiting for the Belmont Park spring meet. Because of their insistence, Jerkens is a much happier man today.

Well off the radar as longshot Two Bayou blazed away early to the tune of:22 4/5; :45 3/5 and 1:10 4/5, Society Selection took Chavez the long way home on the turn, coming around horses after she was steadied inside early.

But she got clear and ran with remarkable ease and without Chavez ever drawing his stick. And she did it carrying top weight of 122 pounds, spotting her eight rivals from four to six pounds.

Society Selection should be ready for her next assignment, which will likely be the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) at Belmont Park at a mile on June 4.

The $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at nine furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 30 is also a possibility.

"She made some move around the turn," Jerkens said. "I was a little worried about her because she was acting a little fidgety in the paddock, but the good ones can get away with that. She was giving away weight to everybody, too. I would like to stay at Belmont with her for the Acorn, but if the owners really want to go to Kentucky for the Kentucky Oaks, I'm not going to argue with them. But I would like to keep her here. "

Bending Strings, Daydreaming, Baldomera, Please Take Me Out, Two Bayou, Irish Melody and A lulu Ofa Menifee completed the order of finish. Rare Gift was a scratch.

Society Selection won for the third time in six career outings, atoning for back-to-back losses at short odds in the Davona Dale Feb. 7 and Bonnie Miss (both gr. II) March 6. She registered her first win since taking the Frizette (gr.I) at Belmont in October. She has career earnings of $450,700.

She paid $5.30, $3.30 and $3.40. Bending Strings, ridden by Mik Luzzi, returned $7.40 and $5.60. Daydreaming's show was $5.20 with Javier Castellano aboard.

(Chart, Equibase)