09/19/2003 12:00AM

Look for sparks in My Dear Girl


MIAMI - If the events of Friday morning and afternoon are any indication, the public is in for a treat when French Village and Chatter Chatter renew acquaintances at Calder on Oct. 11 in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes.

French Village has won all of her three starts, including the opening two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and will be looking to become only the second filly in the history of the series to sweep all three legs when she starts in the My Dear Girl. A daughter of Jules, French Village worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 shortly after the renovation break here Friday.

Seven hours later, Chatter Chatter turned in one of the most dominating performances ever seen around these parts, demolishing eight overmatched 2-year-old fillies by 23 1/4 lengths going a mile. She covered the distance in 1:40.20, eased up through the late stages of the maiden allowance event.

Chatter Chatter finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind French Village, when the former stablemates met in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes on Aug. 30.

"She looked awfully good today," said Marty Wolfson, who took over the training of Chatter Chatter shortly before the Susan's Girl. "I was confident she'd have no problem getting the distance, especially after her last work when she galloped out a mile in 1:42 and change. I was tempted to run her in the Brave Raj Stakes tomorrow even though I would have had to supplement her to get in. But I finally decided to leave her in the maiden race because I wanted to make sure I got a two-turn race under her belt before the My Dear Girl. If I had entered in the Brave Raj, and she'd drawn post 11 or 12, I would have likely scratched her."

Wolfson is looking forward to a rematch with French Village around two turns in the My Dear Girl.

"The other filly is awesome, but she's a small filly, and I guess there is still a question of whether she'll get two turns," Wolfson said. "At least I know the distance will not be any problem for my filly."

The one person most familiar with both fillies is jockey Gary Boulanger. He is now the regular rider for French Village and was aboard her for Friday morning's work. He also guided Chatter Chatter to her easy win later that afternoon. Boulanger has given the call to trainer Bill White and French Village for the My Dear Girl.

"French Village worked great this morning," Boulanger said. "She's a very professional and classy filly who shouldn't have any problem going two turns. Obviously, Chatter Chatter was very impressive the way she won today, too. All I had to do was hang on and steer her around there to win today."

Best of the Rest works for return

Best of the Rest, the leader of the local handicap division, worked five furlongs in 1:01 early Friday morning as he gets closer to making his much-anticipated return later this fall. Best of the Rest has not started since winning the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park on April 20.

"He had some feet problems and wasn't as comfortable as I'd like to see him after his last start," trainer Eddie Plesa Jr said. "There wasn't really anything to point him for here, so I backed off on his training. He did a lot of jogging, and this was his third work today. He really went easy this morning. The rider never asked him a bit, he was just sitting on him, and he still went in 1:01 and galloped out in 1:14."

Best of the Rest, winner of the inaugural $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic in January, could return in the Grade 3 Spend A Buck Handicap on Oct. 11. Plesa said Best of the Rest will in all likelihood be retired to stud at the end of the year.