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Busher an acid test for Full House

By Bob Ehalt

Jumping from the maiden ranks to an allowance race can be a tough challenge for some horses.

Actually, it’s probably most horses.

So what does that say about moving from a maiden race to a stakes race?

It certainly happens frequently in 2-year-old races where allowance races are few and far between.

Naturally, as horses grow older it happens less often, which helps to explain what’s happening in Saturday’s Busher Stakes at Aqueduct.

The center of attention in the $150,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies is Full House and the mile and a sixteenth stakes should answer some pertinent questions about her – and we’re not talking about whether she was named by a fan of poker or the old television show with Danny, Joey and Uncle Jesse.

Full House enters the Busher off a highly impressive maiden win when she romped by 13 ¾ lengths at Aqueduct on Feb. 4.

The one-mile maiden race marked Full House’s third start but it was her first around two turns and she relished the stretchout, grabbing the early lead for the first time and then pouring it on until she was all alone at the finish line.

The competition promises to be far more formidable on Saturday, when trainer Jimmy Jerkens will get some insight as to whether he has a filly who ran like a freak on a winter day or who can be a force in the 3-year-old filly division as the year progresses.

She’s one of five fillies in the field who are coming off maiden wins, though none of them posted their initial win in a manner as convincing as Full House. Among them is Thirstforthecup, who hails from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher that houses an abundance of talented 3-year-olds – of both sexes.

Full House figures to get a demanding test from a far more experienced rival in Yorkiepoo Princess. In her last start the speedy daughter of Kantharos posted a lopsided 7 ½-length win in the $100,000 Ruthless Stakes, giving her back-to-back stakes wins.

Both of those stakes victories came in six furlong races at Aqueduct in which Yorkiepoo Princess led most of the way and won by a combined margin of slightly more than 10 lengths. The Busher will give her chance to prove herself around two turns in stakes company, with a likely battle between her and Full House on the front end figuring to play a key role in deciding the outcome.

The added distance of the Busher could be beneficial for a trio of fillies who finished behind Yorkiepoo Princess in the Ruthless. Tiz Rae Anna, Banty’s Girl and Bride Street wound up second, third and fourth, respectively, in that race and should get a better set up under Saturday’s two-turn conditions.

The field also includes No Sweat, who was third in Busanda at a mile and 70-yard distance.

For her, it was her first race after a maiden win – something to keep in mind while weighing the chances of Full House and four other maiden winners in the Busher field.