03/03/2006 12:00AM

Misty Rosette filly on rise

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Original Spin makes her first start in four months Saturday in the Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Misty Rosette is unbeaten and untested in three starts. She has won her races at three different distances, at three different racetracks, and over both fast and sloppy surfaces. And trainer James Chapman Jr. says he believes she is only going to get better as she goes along.

Misty Rosette will likely be favored to keep her record perfect when she faces the toughest test of her career in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong Forward Gal drew a field of 11 3-year-old fillies, including Original Spin, who will be making her first start since finishing third behind division leader Folklore in the Breeders' Cup Juveniles Fillies.

won her career debut by six lengths at Calder, her stakes debut by 3 3/4 lengths at Tampa Bay Downs, and her graded stakes debut, the Grade 3 Old Hat, by four widening lengths over a sloppy track at Gulfstream on Feb. 4.

"Her numbers keep getting better, and she keeps getting better both physically and mentally with every race," said Chapman.

Chapman is putting Misty Rosette on a path that he hopes will end up at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks on May 5.

"We're taking our time letting her get as fit as we can before stretching her out, which is why we went in this race rather than the Bonnie Miss," Chapman said, referring to the 1 1/8-mile stakes also being run Sunday. "I respect everything in these big races, but I think she's a very good filly. She's coming into this race better than the Old Hat, and we should find out exactly how good she is over the next couple of races."

won her first two starts, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie by 4 1/4 lengths, before finishing a tiring third in the Juvenile Fillies. She had been training in Aiken, S.C., before shipping here to work five furlongs in 59.60 seconds from the gate Monday.

"We only wanted to give her three races as a 2-year-old," said trainer Tony Mitchell. "She got bumped at the start of the Breeders' Cup, which was significant. I don't know if we would have beaten those other two fillies that day, but she would have been closer."

Miraculous Miss entered the Old Hat undefeated in three starts but finished fifth, and trainer Steve Klesaris is looking for a fast track and much better performance on Sunday.

has won her only two starts, including Tampa's Gasparilla Stakes by seven lengths on Jan. 21. India opened her 3-year-old campaign with a 3 1/4-length win in a first-level allowance here Feb. 3.