08/31/2006 11:00PM

Mia's Reflection's best would be good enough

Jim Linscott
The 3-year-old filly Mia's Reflection goes for her fifth career stakes win in Sunday's Ravolia.

MIAMI - Mia's Reflection is a very versatile but somewhat inconsistent filly, and one who has also proven to be an expert at making the most out of her better performances.

A homebred daughter of Halo's Image owned by the Rose Family Stable and trained by Barry Rose, Mia's Reflection has won 5 of 16 career starts. Four of those victories, including her maiden win, came in stakes races. She will seek to add to her already-impressive resume as the likely favorite in Sunday's $45,000 Ravolia Stakes at Calder, a one-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies.

Mia's Reflection won 2 of 7 last year, her victories coming in the Lindsay Frolic Stakes and Brave Raj Breeders' Cup. She also crossed the finish line first in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf only to lose the decision via a disqualification,

Mia's Reflection got off to a slow start this year, dropping her first five starts, two of which came against Grade 2 competition at Gulfstream Park. But she has bounced back nicely over the past three months, capturing three of her last four outings, including the LuLu's Ransom Stakes over a sloppy main track and the Noble Robyn Stakes on turf.

At her best from just off the lead, Mia's Reflection figures to again get the perfect pace setup in the Ravolia with Vue de Chat, Prospect of Love, Silversider, and Running Lass all expected to show early speed. Jockey Manoel Cruz will be reunited with Mia's Reflection for Sunday's race.

A lively pace should also enhance the prospects of the stretch-running Survicat. She made what might have been a premature move in the Noble Robyn when she faded to finish sixth after rallying from last to close contention around the second turn. Survicat was the beneficiary of Mia's Reflection's bad behavior last fall in the John Franks. She was awarded the victory on the disqualification.

The Ravolia could also mark the 3-year-old debut of Consider Thesource, who registered one of the biggest upsets in Florida Stallion Stakes history by capturing the My Dear Girl Division at odds of 52-1 in her 2-year-old finale. Consider Thesource is part of a Steve Standridge-trained entry along with recent maiden winner Away Away.

Hall of Fame ceremonies

The newest members to Calder's Hall of Fame will be inducted on Sunday. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr., owner-breeders Herb and Ione Elkins, and the versatile filly Shocker T. will add their names to the illustrious list of people and horses who have played an important part in the 36-year history of this track. Induction ceremonies will take place in the winner's circle following the third race.

The Calder Hall of Fame was created in 1995 in conjunction with the facility's 25-year anniversary.

* Jeffrey Sanchez, the meet's leading apprentice, journeyed to Saratoga this week, where he was scheduled to ride Nightmare Affair in Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Handicap. The up and coming Sanchez wasted little time introducing himself to New York racing fans by winning with the first mount he accepted at the Spa, Seaside Salute, for trainer William Turner Jr. in Friday's first race.

* The live racing schedule will undergo a change beginning this week with the track to be dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Dec. 12. The dark days had been Wednesday and Thursday since the beginning of the meet on April 25.

* There will be 13 races offered on Monday's Labor Day program, topped by the $80,000 Carterista Handicap carded at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, weather permitting.