09/07/2002 12:00AM

Meadowlands: Showlady rallies


In the first three starts of her career, Showlady had never raced less than nine furlongs. Friday night at The Meadowlands, she was asked to shorten up slightly for her stakes debut in the $200,000 Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup Handicap.

As it turned out, 1 1/16 miles proved just long enough for Showlady to catch Dreamers Glory.

Showlady ($10.60), under a confident ride by Richard Migliore, ran down 20-1 shot Dreamers Glory in deep stretch to win the Grade 3 stakes by a head.

The 3-year-old Showlady, who was purchased for $4 million as a yearling by owner Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was making her first start since July.

Migliore said he remained confident his filly, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was going to overtake Dreamers Glory, ridden by Eibar Coa, before the wire.

"Inside the eighth pole I thought I was going to get there," Migliore said. "Eibar Coa's horse kicked away turning for home and it took my filly about a sixteenth of mile to get in gear. Once she did, she was flying."

Showlady covered the distance in 1:42.27 over a course labeled firm. With Patience finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Dreamers Glory.

* In the $50,000 Phoenix Stakes for filly and mare turf sprinters, Merry Princess ($8) rallied to beat Broad Victory by a half-length.