09/23/2005 11:00PM

Blazing Rate earns himself a rematch

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Jim Lisa
Mia's Reflection, ridden by Manoel Cruz, rallies to win the $150,000 Brave Raj Stakes.

MIAMI - Blazing Rate tuned up for a likely rematch next month with undefeated division leader In Summation in the Florida Stallion Stakes finale by rallying for a two-length victory over the maiden D'broken Speed in the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes, one of four stakes decided on Saturday's Festival of the Sun Preview program at Calder.

Blazing Rate, who finished second behind In Summation when the pair met for the first time in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes earlier this month, was hung wide throughout the mile-and-70-yard Foolish Pleasure. He raced four wide while challenging the leaders into the stretch before edging away from a game D'broken Speed nearing the wire.

D'broken Speed, who entered the race winless in two previous starts, slipped inside the tiring pacesetter R Loyal to wrest a short lead after six furlongs and withstood the winner until deep stretch. Tizzys No Saint was third.

Blazing Rate, a son of Exchange Rate, paid $5.60 as the favorite after covering the distance in 1:45.76 over a fast track. Blazing Rate is trained by Richard Root for owner Ralph Sessa and was ridden to victory by Cecilio Penalba.

"He ran about a mile and an eighth today, don't you think?" said Root in reference to the wide trip. "I will see how he comes out of this race, but if all goes well we will try In Summation again in the In Reality."

The $400,000 In Reality, the finale of the open division of the Florida Stakes, will be run on Oct. 15.

Brave Raj: Mia's Reflection repeats

Mia's Reflection proved her maiden victory in the Lindsay Frolic Stakes on Labor Day was no fluke when she returned to beat the same horse, A Sea Trippi, and six other 2-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Brave Raj Stakes.

Frolicing, the 6-5 favorite, stopped badly to a walk after setting the early pace and was eased to the wire.

Mia's Reflection, a half-sister to the two-time Grade 1 winner Hal's Hope, rallied from far back to overtake A Sea Trippi in the final furlong, then edged away to a two-length victory. A Sea Trippi wrested control from the leg-weary Frolicing after six furlongs and held tenaciously down the stretch but again proved no match for Mia's Reflection. Prospect of Love was a distant third.

The field was reduced to seven by three scratches, including morning line favorite Siren Cove.

Mia's Reflection ($10.40) was ridden by Manoel Cruz. A daughter of Halo's Image, she covered one mile and 70 yards in 1:47.79.

"We now have a tough decision to make," said Barry Rose, who trains Mia's Reflection for the Rose Family Stable. "The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies or the Florida Stallion Stakes. She hasn't won any graded stakes, so I don't know if she will qualify for the Breeders' Cup, but if she can get in I might lean that way."

The $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes will be run here on Oct. 15, two weeks before the Breeders' Cup.

Judy's Red Shoes: 'Aclassysassy' handles turf

Trainer Dave Vivian said he always thought Aclassysassylassy would be a better horse on turf than dirt despite the fact as a 2-year-old she swept all three legs of the filly division of the 2004 Florida Stallion Series. It just took her a little longer than Vivian had hoped before she proved that theory correct.

Making only her second start as a 3-year-old and first in four months, Aclassysassylassy rallied from just off the pace to register a three-length victory over Ragtime Hope in the $75,000 Judy's Red Shoes Stakes.

She paid $9.40 after covering 1 1/16 miles in a stakes record time of 1:43.60 over a firm course.

Ragtime Hope rallied from near the rear of the field to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of Flying Circle.

Aclassysassylassy is a daughter of Wild Event and Musical Halo. She is trained by Vivian for his wife, Barbara, and her partner, Dominic Vittese. The victory gave Aclassysassylassy's regular rider, Manny Aguilar, his fourth win on the card.

"I stopped on her last year. I had her ankles blistered but kept her here, then she ran so poorly when she finally came back this spring I sent her to a farm in Ocala and let her eat grass," said Vivian. "I guess she just got sour being on the racetrack so long. When she came back she was a different horse. She's bred for grass top and bottom."

Vivian said the Calder Oaks on Oct. 15 is the next logical spot.

Needles: Dream On Dream On prevails

Dream On Dream On led throughout, then held on determinedly despite tiring through the final furlong to post a three-quarter-length victory over 40-1 outsider Looks Good Junic in the $75,000 Needles Stakes.

Lord Robyn chased the winner throughout but lacked a late rally and finished a tiring third as the 2-1 favorite.

Dream On Dream On, who used similar front-running tactics to win the Lord Juban Stakes earlier in the meet, went 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.37 and paid $13.40.

A 3-year-old, Dream On Dream On is trained by Bill Kaplan for owners Herb and Ione Elkins.