08/17/2005 12:00AM

Lead is there if Ready's Gal should want it


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Todd Pletcher loved how Ready's Gal relaxed and then kicked home when she won last month's Grade 3 Lake George Handicap. But the front-running tactics Ready's Gal used when she won the Little Silver Stakes in June may be what she needs to employ in a seemingly paceless running of Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga.

The Lake Placid, run at 1 1/8 miles on the Mellon Turf Course, drew only six 3-year-old fillies. , 2 for 2 on turf, will likely be favored in a field that includes stakes winners My Typhoon and Victory Lap.

In the Lake George, Ready's Gal settled into a stalking trip, snuck through an opening on the rail in the stretch, and drew clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

"I feel like that's the way we wanted her to run both times," Pletcher said. "It's a better running style for her to be a productive grass horse."

On paper, it does not appear any of the six fillies want the lead, though has been forwardly placed in a couple of her dirt starts. This will be Capitulation's first start on turf.

Another potential obstacle for Ready's Gal is the 1 1/8 miles. Both of her turf wins have come at 1 1/16 miles. Pletcher said he feels Ready's Gal will have no problem with the added distance "if she relaxes the way she did the other day."

Ready's Gal is the 120-pound highweight and will break from the rail under John Velazquez.

, who won her maiden in front-running fashion over this course last summer, comes off a neck victory in the Virginia Oaks over Masseuse last month at Colonial Downs. Trainer Bill Mott said he felt that was a breakthrough performance for My Typhoon.

"I thought it was her best race by far," Mott said. "She showed some courage coming through the stretch. Masseuse made a pretty good run at her, and she was very game fighting her off."

Jerry Bailey rides My Typhoon from post 2.

has won five consecutive races, including a 14 1/4-length score in the Lone Star Oaks.

Wait It Out was beaten two lengths by Ready's Gal in the Lake George. She was equipped with blinkers for the first time that day and has come back to work well. Naissance Royale makes her North American debut after going 1 for 6 in France.