Miss Leslie looks to continue streak in Ladies

Miss Leslie
Miss Leslie proved best in the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel Park. Photo Jim McCue.

BB Horses Racing’s Miss Leslie rides a three-race win streak into Sunday’s 151st renewal of the $100,000 Ladies, a nine-furlong test for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Claudio Gonzalez, the Paynter 4-year-old launched her current streak on October 21 in an optional-claimer at Delaware Park and followed with a pair of stakes scores at Laurel Park, capturing the 1 1/16-mile Thirty Eight Go Go in November and the nine-furlong Carousel on December 26.

Miss Leslie worked five-eighths in 1:01.20 January 9 at Pimlico in her first breeze back since the Carousel.

“She came back good from the race,” Gonzalez said. “She breezed good last Sunday and came out of that good, too, so we decided to give her a chance there in New York. I believe the distance is going to be good for her.”

Miss Leslie has posted a record of 13-6-1-0 since being claimed for $25,000 out of a maiden win in November 2020 at Laurel, led by scores in the Anne Arundel County in December 2020 at Laurel and the Weber City Miss in April at Pimlico Race Course.

The versatile filly boasts wins at distances ranging from 5 1/2-furlongs to nine furlongs.

“She’s a good filly. The good horses can do that, but I believe she has more talent when she goes long,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he is expecting a good effort from Miss Leslie, who will make her Aqueduct debut Sunday and will race without Lasix, which was administered in each of her last three starts.

“The Aqueduct track is more deep but the good horses can run everywhere – they don’t look for excuses. The only question mark is no Lasix,” Gonzalez said.

Bred in Kentucky by Maxis Stable, Miss Leslie is out of the Mingun mare Zeenut. Angel Cruz, aboard for the past three wins, has the call from post 5.

“She likes to make one good move at the end,” Gonzalez said. “The last few races she’s done well and won. She’s a good filly and has run well in tough races.”