09/20/2002 11:00PM

Florida's top 2yo filly is obvious


MIAMI, Fla. - Ivanavinalot left little doubt she is the premier 2-year-old filly on the grounds at Calder this summer by registering a convincing five-length victory over Dakota Light in Saturday's $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes.

Ivanavinalot, a daughter of West Acre who was bred by owner Gil Campbell, disputed the pace from the outset of the mile and 70-yard Brave Raj, shook free into the stretch, and then extended her advantage despite drifting steadily through the final furlong.

Dakota Light, outrun early, rallied mildly to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths before the previously undefeated Puxa Saco.

The victory was the second in a row for Ivanavinalot, who easily captured the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes, middle leg of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, three weeks earlier. Her performance virtually assured that she will be the heavy favorite in the final leg of the Stallion Stakes, the $400,000 My Dear Girl, on Oct. 12.

Ivanavinalot, who raced coupled with Truly the Best, paid $3.60 after covering the distance in 1:45.04 over a fast track. She was ridden to victory by M.R. Cruz. Truly the Best trailed throughout and finished last in a field of eight 2-year-old fillies.

"I didn't necessarily want her to be in front. I just wanted her to be in good position," said winning trainer Kathleen O'Connell. "I believe she drifts through the stretch because she's still green and because when she gets so far in front she's just ready to pull up thinking the race is over."

While Ivanavinalot is headed to the finals of the Stallion Stakes, such will not be the case for Super Frolic despite his easy 4 1/4-length triumph over 2-5 favorite Trust N Luck and six other 2-year-old colts and geldings in the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Super Frolic won for the third time in as many starts by rallying from just off the pace to run down and pull away from Trust N Luck through the final furlong of the Foolish Pleasure. Unbridels King finished third after setting the early pace.

Super Frolic, who is owned by the Stride Rite Racing Stable, is a Kentucky-bred and not eligible for the Stallion Stakes.

"We'll leave where he runs next up to Milt," said Steve Friedfertig, a co-owner of Stride Rite, referring to trainer Milt Wolfson, who was in Louisiana on Saturday to saddle The Judge Sez Who to a fourth-place finish in the Super Derby.

Super Frolic was ridden to victory by Abel Castellano Jr., who replaced regular rider Rosemary Homeister Jr. when she was forced to take off her mounts after being injured Friday. Super Frolic returned $13 after covering the distance in 1:45.02.