09/18/2007 12:00AM

Octave heads Cotillion

EmailOctave, a two-time Grade 1 stakes winner in New York this summer, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies that were entered Tuesday for Saturday's Fitz Dixon Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

Based at Belmont Park with trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won the Cotillion three times since 2002, Octave drew the rail and will carry high weight of 123 pounds in the Grade 2, $750,000 stakes at 1 1/16 miles. She is the 7-5 favorite on the track's morning line.

In addition to winning the Coaching Club American Oaks and Mother Goose within a span of three weeks, Octave has finished second in four other Grade 1 events, including last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The field includes four other graded stakes winners: Bear Now, Moon Catcher, Talkin About Love, and Silverinyourpocket.

The Woodbine-based Bear Now has been a synthetic-track specialist, winning 5 of 7 starts, including the Grade 3 Selene. She's 0 for 4 on conventional dirt tracks.

Moon Catcher, the second choice on the morning line at 3-1, ran her best race winning the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks in mid-July.

Talking About Love, a New Jersey-bred, has reeled off five straight victories, capped by the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks last month.

Silverinyourpocket won the Grade 3 La Troienne at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard and will be making her first start beyond a mile.

The field is completed by Humble Janet, second in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks; Exchanging Fire, a front-runner who was fourth as the 3-2 favorite in the Monmouth Oaks; and Syd N Carly's Rose, who is still eligible for a second-level allowance.