NEW YORK — Willet returned on short rest to win the $100,000 Touch of Love Stakes by 5¼ lengths Friday at muddy Aqueduct.
Willet, the 1-2 favorite, was fourth last week in the Big A's Go For Wand, a Grade 2 stakes. She dominated this spot on the class drop against New York bred fillies and mares.
The 5-year-old trained by James Iselin ranged into contention with a four-wide move on the turn before kicking clear to her seventh win in 15 starts.
Ridden by Angel Arroyo, Willet ran 7Â½ furlongs in 1:32.12.
Willet paid $3, $2.30 and $2.10. Miss Valentine, the 4-1 second choice, was a distant second, returning $3.50 and $2.50. Harbor Mist paid $3.20 to show.