Bohemia Stable's Dixie Flag waves proudly at Aqueduct Filly gets her fifth win at the N.Y. track in a year


NEW YORK -- If there are truly horses for courses in racing, then the horse is Dixie Flag and the course is Aqueduct.

For the fifth straight time, the 3-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band won a race at Aqueduct, and she picked a good one yesterday: the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap. She shot one mile on a fast track in 1 minute, 35 1/5 seconds, outrunning a clutch of all-star rivals.

It was the second straight score for the filly in two months at Aqueduct and her fifth there in a year. In that time, she also has run at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park and Saratoga without winning.

Yesterday, under a well-timed ride by Mike Luzzi, she ran a confident second to Top Secret for more than half a mile, then pitched for the lead turning into the stretch. At the wire, she had two lengths on Aldiza, who had 2 3/4 lengths on Mil Kilates.

She was so fast when it counted that she far outdistanced a pair of fillies trained by John Kimmel for two different owners: Golden Bri, who ran sixth, and Miss Golden Circle, who finished ninth and last.

"She ran a big race, and got a big ride from Mike," said Allen Jerkens, who trains Dixie Flag for Allaire duPont and her Bohemia Stable of Chesapeake City. "He had her in good position, and when he called on her, she responded.

For a second, it looked as if she was having a little trouble passing the other horse, but she did it pretty easily.

"She's a much better mare this fall than last, and it seems that the older she gets, the more ratable she gets. When you have the speed she has and you are able to control it, she can be dangerous."

Luzzi, who is 2-for-2 aboard the fast filly, noted that Dixie Flag had not raced as far as one mile in six months.

"She was just awesome," he said. "She rated kindly, and when I asked her to run, she responded. She was a little keen, but I think that was because of the added distance. She was sharp, and she was really into the bridle."

Dixie Flag returned $5.80 for a $2 bet to win and earned $90,000.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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