11/09/2001 12:00AM

Miss Noire takes on Platel again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Platel easily handled Miss Noire in a recent 5 1/2-furlong allowance, the only time they met, but the result could be different Sunday at Woodbine, when they clash again at seven furlongs in the Glorious Song Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The speedy Platel has won 3 of 4 starts for trainer Vito Armata, who is looking to put the finishing touches on a career year during the final weeks of this long meeting.

Platel graduated over $80,000 maidens in her June 28 debut, and was a front-running winner of the Ontario Debutante Stakes six weeks later. She earned an 80 Beyer Figure in the six-furlong Ontario Debutante while beating favored Jealous Forum and Ginger Gold, the probable champion juvenile in Canada this year.

The lone blemish on Platel's record came in the Grade 1 Mazarine BC Stakes, in which she set the pace until the far turn before tiring to end up in a dead heat for fourth.

Armata felt the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Mazarine was simply too far for Platel. He said she has trained well since her three-length win over Miss Noire on Oct. 10.

"My filly's in very good order right now," Armata said. "She worked awesome [Oct. 29] going a half-mile by herself in 48.60. I just hope everything goes well so that I can put her away for the year without any problems."

Miss Noire also won her maiden first crack, but followed it up with a poor showing in the Ontario Debutante. She went on Lasix for her next outing in the restricted seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes, winning with a come-from-behind run.

After ending up second to Platel in the allowance prep for Fanfreluche Stakes, Miss Noire ran a hole in the wind on the front end in the Oct. 21 Fanfreluche, scoring by 6 1/2 lengths while getting an 82 Beyer.

Trainer Emile Allain said Miss Noire and jockey Ray Sabourin inherited a clear early lead in the six-furlong Fanfreluche.

"Nobody wanted the lead," Allain said. "She was just galloping along and got there without trying, and then she left them behind."

Allain said seven furlongs is currently Miss Noire's preferred distance.

"Five and a half [furlongs] was too short for her in the prep," he said. "It was supposed to have been run a few days earlier, but the races were canceled then. I decided to run her, rather than work her."

Completing the lineup for the $109,900 Glorious Song are Boston Twist, Estrada, Princess Atta, Strait From Texas, and Virginia Forum.