Undefeated Agave Kiss makes her graded stakes debut as the odds-on, 3-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Cicada Stakes (G3), a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, at Aqueduct.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez bypassed Aqueduct’s Dearly Precious Stakes to await Saturday’s test in the Cicada with Agave Kiss, who won the Ruthless Stakes in her last start in January.
“We just wanted keep her fresh,” said Rodriguez. “We thought about running her, but it’s a long year and hopefully this will be good for her. We think she’s growing, so we think this was a good thing to do. We like her a lot, so we’re going to treat her like a good horse. She looks good and we’re very, very happy with the way she is right now.”
Ryan Curatolo, regular rider for owner Flying Zee Stables, will ride Agave Kiss, who will leave from post position No. 2.
William J. Punk, Jr.’s Corderosa prevailed by 5 ¼ lengths at first asking at Aqueduct in December, then was third, beaten by 4 ¾ lengths by Agave Kiss, in the Ruthless. Junior Alvarado has the assignment aboard Corderosa, the 2-1 morning-line second choice, who will break from post No. 5.
The field also includes Alydarla, second in the Madcap Escapade on turf at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 12; Nitara, a four-length debut winner on Feb. 5 at Aqueduct; and Princess Reyana, second in a claiming race on March 1 at the Big A.
NYRA Press contributed to this report.