Two Item Limit Remains Perfect in Blinkers

Trainer Stephen L. DiMauro ran Two Item Limit in blinkers for the first time in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) earlier this month at Aqueduct, and the 2-year-old filly responded with a 2 3/4-length victory in the one-mile test. Keeping the blinkers on in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 122-pound highweight Two Item Limit remained unbeaten with blinkers, drawing off though the stretch for a seven-length victory. Under jockey Richard Migliore, Two Item Limit completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.25 over a fast track.

Recent maiden winner Kingsland was sent to the early lead under jockey Pat Day and raced a bit off the rail around the first turn. Sweep Dreams, who won a Belmont Park maiden race by 13 lengths when last out, moved up to assume the lead on the backstretch while racing outside of Kingsland. Kingsland rallied again leaving the backstretch, but Sweep Dreams responded quickly to regain the lead on the turn as those two dueled for the lead into the stretch. Two Item Limit kicked into gear in the stretch, moving into the lead in mid-stretch and pulling away in the final eighth. Sweep Dreams finished second, a nose ahead of Kingsland. My Lady Avie finished another 3/4 lengths back in fourth, followed by Dream Wish, betting favorite Celtic Melody, Kamaal, and Company Storm.

Two Item Limit (Twining--Spa Warning, by Caveat) earned owner Joseph F. Graffeo $120,000 for her fourth win in nine career starts and second stakes win. She was bred in Illinois by Hal Snowden Jr. and Raymond Simpson.

Sent off at 5-2, Two Item Limit paid $7, $4.10 and $3.30. Mark Hennig-trained Sweep Dreams returned $7.90 and $5.90 and completed a $69.50 exacta. Eugene Melnyk's Kingsland was worth $5.40 to show. (Chart, Equibase)