06/03/2004 11:00PM

B.B. Best looks like the real deal


MIAMI - Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. has had his share of good horses and fast 2-year-olds over the years. But none has been any more precocious or any quicker than B.B. Best, the odds-on favorite in Sunday's $40,000 Wynn Dot Comma Stakes at Calder.

B.B. Best, a son of champion sprinter Yes It's True, was bet to 3-5 for his debut May 22 and ran to that backing, winning off by 14 3/4 lengths. His final time of 59.37 seconds for five furlongs earned him an 87 Beyer Speed Figure.

"I can't think of any 2-year-old I've had who has impressed me this much at this stage of their career," said Plesa, who has saddled six Florida Stallion Stakes winners, including Three Ring. "A lot of times you'll have high expectations about a young horse before they run and most times they'll let you down. But this one certainly didn't. He ran exactly the way I'd expected in his first start."

B.B. Best is eligible for the Stallion Stakes series, which begins Aug. 14. Plesa said he is using the five-furlong Wynn Dot Comma as a prep for the $100,000 Criterium Stakes on July 3.

"Bringing him back in 15 days is closer than I'd like but he's kicking the barn down right now and doing great," said Plesa. "And I think I'm better off running than taking the chance he might get hurt in a work."

Plesa also entered Vinotech, an easy winner of his debut on April 30, but said he will be scratched.

Devils Disciple appears to have the best chance of pulling an upset. Devils Disciple, a son of Devil His Due, withstood an early speed duel before drawing off to a 3 1/4-length victory in his career debut May 15.

French Village nearly race-ready

French Village, winner of the opening two legs of the filly division of the 2003 Stallion Series, worked five furlongs in 59.60 here Wednesday and is nearing her much anticipated 3-year-old debut.

French Village won the first three races of her career, including the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl stakes, before going to the sidelines after finishing seventh as the 6-5 favorite in the My Dear Girl.

"She worked very well and it's time to start looking around for a race," trainer Bill White said. "Hopefully she'll get a prep and then run in the Azalea."

The $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup is part of the $1.7 million Summit of Speed program on July 10.

Chatter Chatter, who won the My Dear Girl by 19 1/2 lengths, recently returned to trainer Marty Wolfson's barn after having a chip removed from her knee and may also be a possibility for the Azalea.

Humorously injured

The news was not as good concerning Humorously, White's promising 3-year-old colt, who did not cool out well, according to the trainer, after working five furlongs in 1:01.20 here Thursday.

"He's injured himself but we're still evaluating how badly," White said.

Humorously finished a troubled second in the Aventura Stakes and most recently was third in the Sir Barton at Pimlico. White had planned on running Humorously in either the Grade 2 Ohio Derby or the Unbridled Stakes here on June 19.