Updated on 09/16/2011 9:23AM

Ivanavinalot not scaring 'em


MIAMI - Ivanavinalot has dominated the competition in each of her last two starts, winning the Susan's Girl Stakes by 10 lengths and the Brave Raj by five in her two-turn debut.

Trained by Kathleen O'Connell, she is ranked third on Daily Racing Form's list of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly contenders.

But despite Ivanavinalot's imposing presence, she has not scared away the competition for Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, finale of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

As of Friday, 10 2-year-olds were still listed as possible starters for the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl. Along with Ivanavinalot, they are: Dakota Light, Heavenly Miss, Miss Delia, Fortunate Card, Running Debate, Scapade, Pitch a Penny, Endless Pleasure, and Lavender Lass.

Second money in the My Dear Girl is $80,000, although owner Michael Sherman said he is not running Heavenly Miss in the race with the hopes of being second.

"Kathleen's filly has beaten my filly twice, and obviously if the race goes according to form Ivanavinalot will win," said Sherman. "But Oct. 12 will be a new day, and I've seen too many crazy things happen over the years when the overwhelming favorite doesn't win. And if she doesn't win it I can't if my horse is not in there."

Henry Collazo, who trains Fortunate Card, echoes Sherman's sentiments.

"Take nothing away from Kathleen's horse - she's certainly the one to beat," said Collazo. "But I've already beaten her once, circumstances not withstanding, and I'm going for the gusto and not just hoping to get second money on Saturday."

Fortunate Card and Heavenly Miss finished first and second, a head apart, ahead of Ivanavinalot in the Desert Vixen Stakes. Ivanavinalot easily avenged that setback, her only loss, by winning the seven-furlong Susan's Girl, with Heavenly Miss and Fortunate Card a well-beaten second and third.

Collazo chose to bypass a chance to get a two-turn race under Fortunate Card's belt in the Brave Raj.

"I think a horse can win first time around two turns just as easily as the second," said Collazo, who won the first two legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes a year ago with Carey's Gold. "I just thought it was more important to get her ready for the big one."

Two spots for Lavender Lass

Trainer Bill White continues to lean toward running his undefeated Lavender Lass in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes on Saturday's Festival of the Sun undercard, although said he may cross-enter her in the My Dear Girl as well. Running Debate could also come out of the My Dear Girl in favor of the six-furlong Cassidy.

The Cassidy is the filly counterpart to the six-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes, which may come up one of the best races of the day, with Super Fuse, Hear No Evil, the undefeated True Enough, and red-hot Little Swimmer all possible starters.

Like the My Dear Girl, the $400,000 In Reality Stakes also figures to feature a large field, even though Lawbook will be shooting to sweep the open division of the Stallion Stakes.

Lawbook, who won both the Dr. Fager and Affirmed divisions in August, will likely face Trust N Luck, The Name's Bond, Supah Blitz, Admiral Lance, Magnetic Storm, Fort Smith, Patriotic Flame, Supervisor, and invaders Max a Million and Mister Deux.

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