10/20/2004 11:00PM

Filly shoots for an elusive sweep

Jim Lisa
Aclassysassylassy, Manuel Aguilar up, wins the Susan's Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

MIAMI - Aclassysassylassy has dominated the opening two legs of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, but if history is any indication, it might pay to bet against as a short-priced favorite in Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, the final leg of the Stallion Stakes series.

The 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl is the highlight of Saturday's 15-race Festival of the Sun program at Calder, along with the $400,000 In Reality Stakes, which is the finale of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The card will also offer six additional stakes races, including the $200,000 and $200,000 Calder Oaks as well as a special pick four that includes both Stallion Stakes finales, the Calder Derby, and the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap.

Post time for the card has been moved up to noon.

In the 23-year history of the Stallion Stakes, only Nancy's Glitter has been able to capture all three legs of the filly division. Four others have failed to complete the sweep in the My Dear Girl, including French Village, who was the co-favorite at even-money in 2003.

Aclassysassylassy won the six-furlong Desert Vixen by 3 1/4 lengths and the seven-furlong Susan's Girl by 2 1/2 lengths, but has not run in the seven weeks since the Susan's Girl, nor has she raced beyond seven furlongs. Trainer Dave Vivian is confident his filly will handle the extra distance, but is well aware of the task that awaits her on Saturday.

"Winning all three legs of the Stallion Stakes is demanding on any horse, and especially a filly," said Vivian, who owns an interest in Aclassysassylassy along with longtime owner Dominic Vittese.

Aclassysassylassy drew post 8 in a field of 10 juvenile fillies entered for the race. She figures to employ her usual tactics and sit just off a pace that will likely be set by Yes It's Gold and pressed by both Peace Offering and Leona's Knight. Regular rider Manny Aguilar again has the mount.

For those who feel history will repeat itself, there are several viable alternatives to the favorite, including .

Yes It's Gold proved no match for Aclassysassylassy in both the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl but will add blinkers for Saturday's rematch. She has trained extremely well since getting the equipment change, but like the favorite has not started since the Susan's Girl or raced beyond seven furlongs.

Dansetta Light, Southern Serenity, and Quick Queen are all proven commodities going a distance of ground.

Dansetta Light won both the Lindsay Frolic and Brave Raj stakes around two turns, although the Beyer Speed Figures of 58 and 55 she earned for those victories are very slow. She finished far behind Aclassysassylassy in their two earlier meetings, but at shorter distances of 4 1/2 and six furlongs.

Southern Serenity earned a Beyer Figure of 71 winning a first-level allowance race at a mile at Turfway Park, which would make her competitive with the others. But her form before that effort was uninspiring, and the horse she beat in her last start was coming off only a maiden $50,000 claiming win at Ellis Park.

Quick Queen registered a 10-length victory winning a maiden race going a mile earlier in the meet. A late-striding filly, Quick Queen was also second in a first-level allowance and proved no match for Dansetta Light in the Lindsay Frolic.

Peace Offering comes off a four-length maiden win going seven furlongs over a wet track and figures to show speed breaking from the rail in her two-turn debut.