02/02/2006 12:00AM

Dutrow eyes Davona Dale repeat

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Wonder Lady Anne L faces six other 3-year-old fillies in the Davona Dale.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A year ago, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. sent out Sis City to dominate Gulfstream Park's $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes by 16 lengths. On Saturday, Dutrow will defend that title with Wonder Lady Anne L, who will face six other 3-year-old fillies in the 20th renewal of the Grade 2 race.

Like Sis City, Wonder Lady Anne L will enter the 1 1/8-mile Davona Dale off a victory at the same distance in Aqueduct's Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes. The win was the highlight of Wonder Lady Anne L's 2-year-old campaign, which began at Calder before she was purchased privately by Dutrow for the partnership of the IEAH Stable and Joe Plumeri in late May.

, a daughter of Real Quiet, has made four starts for Dutrow, preceding her win in the Demoiselle with third-place finishes in the Astoria and Grade 3 Tempted stakes and a dull performance behind division leaders Adieu and Folklore in the Grade 2 Spinaway.

Wonder Lady Anne L has been training steadily for her return at Palm Meadows, where she worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 on Monday. Rafael Bejarano will ride the filly for the first time in the Davona Dale.

proved no match for Wonder Lady Anne L when the pair met in the Demoiselle, finishing a tiring third after setting the pace for nearly a mile. But trainer Todd Pletcher is hoping she can turn the tables in the Davona Dale.

"Dutrow's filly is strictly the one to beat again," said Pletcher, who trains Wait a While for owner Alan Cohen's Arindel Farm. "Our filly really didn't have an excuse in their last meeting, and this time I think we'll probably wind up sitting off the pace of Stolen Prayer rather than going to the lead."

Wait a While had won her two starts immediately prior to the Demoiselle, including the Miss Grillo Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths, a race originally carded for the turf.

"I think this filly might be slightly better on the grass than the dirt," said Pletcher. "But she worked well over the dirt last week, so I though we might as well give it a try."

John Velazquez will replace the recently retired Jerry Bailey aboard Wait a While on Saturday.

led until deep stretch before being overtaken by Pletcher's odds-on J'ray in her 3-year-old debut in Calder's Tropical Park Oaks on the grass on New Year's Day. She won the Three Ring Stakes over Calder's main track in her 2-year-old finale.

Bushfire and Teammate finished heads apart in that order in a one-mile entry-level allowance race earlier in the meet, and will match strides again in the Davona Dale. The field also includes outsiders Mia's Reflection and Meadow Skippin.

Old Hat matches up three unbeatens

Something will have to give when a trio of undefeated 3-year-old fillies - Miraculous Miss, Yachats, and Misty Rosette - meet in the 6 1/2-furlong Old Hat.

Miraculous Miss is perfect in three starts, which include a two-length, last-to-first win in Aqueduct's Grade 3 Valley Stream Stakes. A daughter of Mr. Greeley, she is owned by her trainer Steve Klesaris and the Puglisi Stables. She will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez

"She's fast, a fast finisher," said Klesaris, referring to Miraculous Miss, whose three wins all came from off the pace. "She's acclimated well since coming down here and is training forwardly, and Ramon has done everything correctly with her and always seems to place her in her races where she needs to be."

Yachats has won both her starts, including a 2 3/4-length entry-level allowance win here on Jan. 14.

"I'm very pleased with both her races, but this will be a class test for her," said Pletcher, who trains her.

Misty Rosette is not only undefeated but also untested, having won her debut by six lengths at Calder and the Sandpiper Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 31.

Pletcher also entered Somethinaboutbetty, a winner of her last two starts at 2, in the Old Hat, but said he was not certain she would run.

Olaya the class of Suwannee River

A full field of 12 was entered in the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile Suwannee River, headed by Olaya, who won the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap in her only start in the U.S.

"She's doing super, although the distance of this race is a little shorter than she wants," said trainer Graham Motion. "That being said, she's pretty sharp at the moment and is certainly ready to run."

Olaya's top competition might come from Noble Stella, On the Bus, Moon Dazzle, or the much improved Laurafina.