10/24/2005 11:00PM

BC Juv. Fillies: Foley has no doubt her filly belongs


ELMONT, N.Y. - On paper, She Says It Best has as strong a resume as any of the 11 horses being considered for Saturday's $1 million Juvenile Fillies. She does not figure, however, to be as strongly backed at the windows as stakes winners Adieu and Folklore.

She Says It Best has won 4 of 6 career starts - only Adieu has also won as many as four races - including one of the major prep races for this, the Grade 2 Alcibiades. But the manner in which She Says It Best won the Alcibiades may prompt handicappers to leave her off their tickets.

On the notoriously inside-speed-favoring Keeneland surface, She Says It Best was able to secure the front and the rail heading into the first turn en route to her 2 1/2-length victory in the Alcibiades. She turned back a challenge from Ex Caelis at the quarter pole while winning very easily under Eddie Martin Jr. The final time of 1:49.07, however, was the slowest Alcibiades since the race was first run at 1 1/16 miles in 1981. Her Beyer Speed Figure of 82 equaled the lowest figure assigned since 1991.

Vickie Foley, the trainer and part-owner of She Says It Best, has heard the knocks. Still, she says her horse belongs in this race.

"Of course, they said she won on a speed track, she got the lead, she got the rail," Foley said Wednesday from Kentucky. "My jock did do an incredible job getting over, but there was nobody coming close to her. She was loping around there with her ears pricked straight up, just doing what she had to do.

"I feel like we have a legitimate chance Saturday," Foley added. "Adieu, Folklore, they're nice fillies. I was impressed with the way Adieu won the Frizette, but I don't feel like we can't compete with her."

She Says It Best has done little wrong in her career. After winning her maiden at first asking at Churchill Downs, She Says It Best finished fifth there in the Grade 3 Debutante. She broke slowly, was last, and came very wide in the stretch, yet still was able to split the field.

She Says It Best won two races at Ellis Park, including the seven-furlong Anna Fisher Debutante by seven lengths. Not wanting to run her over Turfway Park's Polytrack in the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, Foley ran She Says It Best in the Bassinet at River Downs, where she was beaten a head after setting a suicidal pace.

"My filly never quit," Foley said. "A jump past the wire we're in front of the winner."

She Says It Best completed preparations for the Juvenile Fillies on Wednesday by working three furlongs in 36.40 seconds at Churchill Downs. The track was labeled muddy, and the work was the fastest of 10 at the distance.

Should She Says It Best win on Saturday, the winner's circle will be very crowded. She Says It Best has approximately 180 owners, who have paid as little as $100 each to own a piece.

* Miss Norman who would have been a longshot in the Juvenile Fillies, was withdrawn from that race after developing swelling in the suspensory ligament of her right foreleg, owner Greg Norman said.

Miss Norman is the third defection from the Juvenile Fillies since pre-entries were announced on Oct. 19. Ann Summers Gold and Dressed to Kill were also withdrawn.