04/23/2005 12:00AM

Aclassysassylassy may need one


MIAMI - In light of all the controversy that arose over the physical condition of odds-on favorite Sweet Catomine heading into the Santa Anita Handicap, it was refreshing to listen to trainer Dave Vivian speak candidly about his 3-year-old filly Aclassysassylassy who will launch her 2005 campaign in the $40,000 Snurb Stakes on Monday's opening day program at Calder.

Aclassysassylassy won 5 of 7 starts at Calder during her 2-year-old campaign, when she became the second filly to sweep all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Vivian stopped on Aclassysassylassy after she finished second in her turf debut in the Georgia Debutante Stakes on Dec. 12 and admitted she might not be at her best when she returns Monday in the six-furlong Snurb.

"I gave her the winter off by plan, but she got sick on me after she returned to training, and I missed a little time with her," said Vivian, whose wife, Barbara, owns a share of Aclassysassylassy along with Dominic Vittese. "That's why she shows a two-week break in her work schedule earlier this month. I worked her a half-mile [Saturday], and she's probably not training

100 percent at the moment. But I've got to start somewhere with her, and physically she seems to be 100 percent or I wouldn't run her."

Aclassysassylassy was not challenged in any of her five wins at 2, including her 3 1/2-length victory over Babaganush in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Stakes and 4 1/2-length win over Running Bobcats in the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell Juvenile. Babaganush and Running Bobcats will be among Aclassysassylassy's chief rivals in the Snurb.

"I think she's fit enough for this race, but when they get sick you just don't know how much it can take out of her the first time back," said Vivian. "I just want to get through this one and hope she holds her form from last year."

D'Wildcat Speed to Louisville BC

Following her impressive victory in Gulfstream's Grade 2 Rampart Handicap, trainer Bill White said D'Wildcat Speed would make her next start in the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne. But White had a change of heart and instead is pointing D'Wildcat Speed for the Grade 1 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, when the competition may include reigning Eclipse Award winner Ashado.

"Bring her on," White quipped. "I know the competition will be tougher at Churchill Downs, but I just felt more comfortable giving her the extra two weeks following the Rampart, and the race also fits well on a schedule which would bring her back to Churchill for the Fleur de Lis on June 18."

Edgar Prado will ride D'Wildcat Speed in the Louisville BC.

Had things worked out a little differently, White might have also had one of the top contenders in this year's Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately for White, owner Charlotte Weber transferred High Fly from White's barn to trainer Nick Zito following High Fly's troubled third-place finish in the Grade 3 Holy Bull.

"I would feel really good if High Fly won the Derby, because I know he's a product of this barn and we played a major role in his early development," said White. "It would give us all here at the barn a lot of satisfaction watching him win knowing we had been a part of all that."