09/24/2003 11:00PM

French Village on target


MIAMI - French Village, who will seek to become just the second filly to sweep all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes when she runs in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes on Oct. 11, worked six furlongs in 1:15 over a fast track on Thursday morning.

French Village has won all three of her starts, including the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl divisions of the Stallion Stakes. Regular exercise rider Manuel Macias was aboard the daughter of Jules for Thursday's workout, which was her third breeze since she defeated former stablemate Chatter Chatter by 1 1/2 lengths in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl on Aug. 30.

White opted to pass last Saturday's mile and 70-yard Brave Raj Stakes with French Village and train her up to the My Dear Girl at 1 1/16 miles.

"She's a light bodied filly and she doesn't need or will handle a lot of hard training," White said after the Susan's Girl. "It will be a challenge getting her fit to go two turns without draining the tank. But she's a very intelligent filly and very willing to please."

French Village is expected to face a small field in the My Dear Girl, which will include Chatter Chatter, who won her maiden by 23 lengths last week. Jerry Bailey will ride Chatter Chatter in the rematch while Gary Boulanger keeps his regular seat aboard French Village.

Among the others being considered for the My Dear Girl are Ride Her Out and Prohibido Olividar. Ride Her Out was first under the wire in the Brave Raj only to be disqualified and placed second for causing interference in deep stretch. Prohibido Olividar finished a well-beaten third behind French Village in the opening two legs of the Stallion Stakes before a fifth-place finish in the Brave Raj.

White has two for Poulain d'Or

White will also be well represented in Saturday's $40,000-added Poulain d'Or Stakes with Hackleton's Cliff and Lavender's Lad. The overnight race will be decided at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Lavender's Lad is still looking for his first win of the year but is coming off a promising third-place finishes in the Groomstick and Grade 3 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Hackleton's Cliff is one of three 3-year-olds in the Poulain d'Or and he figures to force the pace along with Showmeitall and Maria's Ecliptical. Like French Village, Hackleton's Cliff is owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk.

The Poulain d'Or also marks the return of Dancing Guy, who has been idle since upsetting the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap on May 26. Dancing Guy, an 8-year-old gelding, has worked well for his return. He should benefit from an honest pace as he turns back to a sprint for the first time since finishing third in the seven-furlong Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap in December 2001. Dancing Guy rallied from last to win the six-furlong Groomstick in 2000.

Love That Moon, who ran down Showmeitall to win the Not Surprising Handicap earlier this month, Lawbook, and Fire and Glory round out the field.

* Calder will offer simulcast wagering on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 4. Advance wagering will also be available on the five undercard stakes on the Arc program. Local post time for the Arc is 11:30 a.m.