09/06/2004 11:00PM

Good things come in small packages

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Jim Lisa
The diminutive filly Aclassysassylassy easily wins her second straight Florida Stallion Stakes race.

MIAMI - Trainer David Vivian is still waiting for the growth spurt that would make his 2-year-old filly Aclassysassylassy almost as big as the competition she's facing in the Florida Stallion Stakes. Until then, Vivian will have to be content watching his little dynamo beat up on her more physically imposing rivals, as she did again Monday when she rallied to an easy 2 1/2-length victory in the $125,000 at Calder.

Aclassysassylassy added the Susan's Girl to a similarly one-sided triumph over much the same competition in the Desert Vixen Stakes three weeks earlier. She will attempt to become only the second 2-year-old to win all three legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes when she makes her next start in the $400,000 My Dear Girl division on Oct. 23.

"No, she hasn't grown any since her last race," quipped Vivian moments after Aclassysassylassy had won the Susan's Girl. "She's small but she's put together well and travels well."

Exactly how small is Aclassysassylassy?

"I had one trainer who was in town to buy horses come look at her before she won the Desert Vixen," recalled Vivian. "He walked into her stall, took one look, came out smiling, and left."

Aclassysassylassy's size is one reason Vivian was able to buy the gray daughter of Wild Event at the Ocala Breeders' April sale for the bargain price of $32,000 in the name of his wife, Barbara, and longtime owner Dominic Vittesse.

"I bid $32,000 and remember saying to myself, 'Please, someone bid 33,'" Vivian recalled. "That was my case money I was bidding at the sale. I haven't done all that well the last few years so her success makes it extra special that I'm able to fight back again."

Vivian, a transplanted New Englander who moved to south Florida in 1984, is no stranger to Stallion Stakes success. Among his victories are Plum Country's upset of the then undefeated U Can Do It in the 1995 Susan's Girl and His Honor preventing Blazing Sword from sweeping the open division in 1996.

Vivian said he plans to train Aclassysassylassy up to the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl even though it means giving her nearly seven weeks between starts.

"Because she's so small, I plan to go easy on her and just give her longer and stronger gallops and works rather than run her again before the finale," said Vivian.

Cin Cin sensational

Perhaps even more impressive than Aclassysassylassy was Cin Cin's performance, which carried him to an easy five-length victory over Favre in Monday's $125,000 Affirmed Stakes. B.B. Best, the 3-5 favorite, finished another 3 1/2 lengths farther back in third.

Cin Cin, who lost his career debut under a $50,000 claiming tag, received a perfectly judged ride from jockey Abdiel Toribio.

"I really like how he rated, stalked, and made his move," said Bill White, who trains Cin Cin for a partnership called The Posse. "It was just like a horse who wants to go two turns and should set him up perfectly for the next one."

The next one is the $400,000 In Reality on Oct. 23. Like Vivian, White will train his horse up to the race.

"I found if you try to run them once before the big one, particularly around two turns, it works against you since it tends to take a lot out of a 2-year-old the first time they go two turns," White said. "I'll just take my chances waiting for the next one off what I saw out there today."

Plesa's mother dies

Win or lose with B.B. Best and Favre in the Affirmed, Eddie Plesa Jr. was going to have a rough day Monday. Plesa's mother, Marion Plesa, died the previous evening following a long illness.

Marion Plesa was the horseman's bookkeeper when Calder first opened in 1971. She is also survived by her husband, former jockey and trainer Eddie Plesa Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the Plesas have requested that donations be made to Hospice care of Memorial Vitas Hospital of Pembroke Pines, 7800 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33024.

Minimal damage at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows

Track president Scott Savin reported that Gulfstream Park suffered no appreciable damage as a result of Hurricane Frances.

"We got a lot of rain but about all we had was a little construction debris at the track," said Savin. "Palm Meadows Training Center had a few rails blown down on the racetrack but both the barn area and track itself are fine." In an effort to make up some of the 34 races lost during the three programs canceled last weekend due to Hurricane Frances, Calder will card 15 races on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. Post time Saturday has been advanced to noon Eastern.