09/21/2005 11:00PM

Mia's Reflection has turned corner


MIAMI - Mia's Reflection was 29-1 when she won her maiden in the Lindsay Frolic Stakes on Sept. 3. She will be a considerably shorter price when she returns Saturday at Calder to face nine other 2-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Brave Raj Breeders' Cup Stakes.

A daughter of Halo's Image, Mia's Reflection was a major disappointment in her first two starts, losing both seven-furlong races by 12 3/4 lengths when facing maiden allowance competition. She ran to her breeding when stretching to a mile on Labor Day, however, chasing the 8-5 favorite, A Sea Trippi, before drawing away through the stretch to post a 3 3/4-length decision in the Lindsay Frolic.

"I think her improvement is due to a combination of experience and the added distance," said Barry Rose, who trains Mia's Reflection for the Rose Family Stable. "She's really gotten a lot stronger over the last month or so."

has posted no official works in the three weeks since the Lindsay Frolic, but Rose says she has trained well in preparation for the Brave Raj.

"I didn't really work her, but I did let her go a slow mile and finish with a strong final quarter last week, and I thought she did it nicely," said Rose.

Mia's Reflection won't be 29-1 on Saturday but could still offer value, with Siren Cove, Prospect of Love, Lake Alice, and Frolicing all likely to take plenty of action in the Brave Raj.

has yet to run a bad race in three starts and will add blinkers for her two-turn debut. She comes off a third-place finish behind Running Lass in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes, during which she was gaining gradually on the tiring leader at the end, albeit in a final furlong completed in a slow 14 seconds.

outfinished Siren Cove to be second in the Susan's Girl. In her other two starts, Prospect of Love won her maiden by a length and finished 10th in her debut.

Lake Alice and Frolicing are both coming off easy maiden wins. Lake Alice drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory to win her maiden following a couple of unlucky trips to begin her career. She will have to overcome the outside post in the full field for the Brave Raj. Frolicing was a 12 3/4-length winner at first asking and figures to be either on or with the pace from her inside post.

Two turf stakes also on card

Saturday's card will also feature the $75,000 Needles and its filly counterpart, the $75,000 Judy's Red Shoes. Both races are scheduled on the turf.

Trainer David Fawkes will send out key contenders in both races: Lord Robyn in the Needles and Flying Circle in the Judy's Red Shoes.

Lord Robyn rebounded from several disappointing outings to post a 3 3/4-length victory in the Donthelumber-trader Stakes in his last start, July 17. Lord Robyn showed a new dimension in the Donthelumbertrader, rating off the pace before rallying to score his second win of the season.

Flying Circle shipped to Churchill Downs to capture the Open Mind Stakes in May and is the one to catch in the Judy's Red Shoes coming off a game third-place finish on dirt in the Ravolia Stakes.

Lord Robyn will face some familiar opposition in the Needles, including Dream On Dream On, the wire-to-wire winner of the Simply Majestic; Talented Prince, the runner-up in the Donthelumbertrader; and Magic Speed, the runner-up in the Simply Majestic. The field also includes Hole in the Head, who is now trained by Bill White after spending the first half of the season with Bill Mott.

The Judy's Red Shoes will feature the return of Aclassysassylassy, who swept the filly division of the 2004 Florida Stallion Stakes but has started only once at 3.

Trainer Larry Bates will send out a top contender in Ragtime Hope, who has not finished worse than second in her last six starts.