11/26/2005 12:00AM

Eventful work for Mia's Reflection


MIAMI - What started out to be a routine gate work in preparation for next Saturday's $100,000 Three Ring Stakes turned out to be anything but routine for the three-time stakes winner Mia's Reflection here Saturday morning.

Mia's Reflection broke out of the gate with five other horses, but within moments one member of the group lost its rider and ran loose with the pack. That prompted the track outrider to spring into action, attempting to catch the riderless horse while Mia's Reflection and the others continued on with their works.

"It was pretty scary for a few moments, watching the outrider rushing to catch the loose horse and my filly trying to both work and dodge traffic at the same time," said Barry Rose, who trains Mia's Reflection for the Rose Family Stable.

Mia's Reflection was forced to angle very wide entering the turn to avoid the loose horse, the outrider, and several other gallopers. She eventually was able to find her way back to the rail and completed a

half-mile in 49.40 seconds. The time was the seventh-fastest of 50 recorded four-furlong works here Saturday and the best of seven from the gate.

"All in all I thought it was a very good work," said Rose. "And she also got some practice weaving in and out of horses at the same time."

The stretch-running Mia's Reflection has already done very well picking her way through traffic, having come from behind to win three of her last four starts, all stakes, including the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 12.

The Three Ring is one of four $100,000 stakes that make up the Grand Slam I card here on Dec. 3. The others are the What a Pleasure for 2-year-olds along with the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap and its filly counterpart, the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap. All four races will be drawn on Monday.

Hotstufanthensome will be the starting highweight under 118 pounds for the Tropical Turf. The two topweights for the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer come from trainer Bill Mott's barn, with Sand Springs having been assigned 121 pounds, one more than her stablemate Briviesca.