11/25/2004 1:00AM

Capeside Lady, 'Rosa' try turf in Genter


MIAMI - A pair of fillies who have never run on grass, Capeside Lady and Stormy Rosa, hold the keys to Saturday's $100,000 Frances Genter Stakes at Calder.

Capeside Lady will likely be the odds-on favorite to win the 7 1/2-furlong Genter despite the fact she will be making her turf debut for trainer Todd Pletcher. A New York-bred daughter of Cape Town, Capeside Lady won the Grade 2 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks by 6 1/2 lengths over Hopelessly Devoted on a muddy track in August. Hopelessly Devoted has since won the Calder Oaks on grass and, more recently, beat older horses in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

, a four-time stakes winner, also finished second behind Daydreaming in the Grade 2 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park on Oct. 1.

"She'll run either way Saturday, turf or dirt," Pletcher said. "She was on her way to Florida for a winter break when I saw this race, and thought it might be a good spot to finally try her on the grass. The distance is good for her, especially being around two turns, and she worked well over the turf this summer at Saratoga."

Chris DeCarlo, Capeside Lady's regular rider, will again have the assignment.

, a stablemate of Hopelessly Devoted from trainer Sandra Slivka's barn, comes into the race sporting a three-race win streak. She breezed over the turf for the first time here earlier in the week, much to the satisfaction of Slivka, who believes her filly will handle the surface change without a problem.

"She's got a good-sized foot and she's by Stormy Atlantic out of a Great Above mare," said Slivka. "She's a very versatile filly and she should be even fitter for this race than she was for her last start, which was the first time she ever went two turns."

A pair of invaders, Midwife from northern California and Shaunavon from Canada, lead the opposition.

Midwife is perfect since switching to the turf in August, and like Stormy Rosa she enters the Genter with a three-race win streak. But Midwife is at her best on the lead, which is the same style Capeside Lady has employed in each of her two-turn races.

Shaunavon has won 3 of 5 starts on grass but finished off the board in both previous stakes appearances.

An honest pace could set things up for the locally based Skip Command to spring an upset. The stretch-running Skip Command was third despite trouble behind Hopelessly Devoted in the Calder Oaks. The distance should be no problem for Skip Command, who won a pair of races going a mile last winter at Tampa.