07/04/2003 12:00AM

Opportunity knocks for Platts


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Lisa Platts has long dreamt of winning a stakes. She will get her chance Sunday aboard Dana's Lucky Lady in the $164,550 Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine.

Dana's Lucky Lady is one of just three winners in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, along with Inspired Magic and Boozin Blonde.

Trained by John DiGiovanni, Dana's Lucky Lady finished fifth over a muddy track when she debuted in a May 24 maiden special. She tried $40,000 maidens in her second outing, and scored comfortably while earning the highest Beyer Figure (62) in the Shady Well field.

"She was a little green in her first start," Platts said. "She just had to get a race under her belt. The company was easier in her second race, and she ran real professional. She came up the rail, and once she got her neck out in front, she had a good time. She's a really sweet filly to be around. She does everything right."

Inspired Magic led throughout her lone start, in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden sprint for Ontario-sired fillies, and prevailed by a nose in slow time.

"She's been a very pleasant surprise," said Glenn Magnusson, who trains Inspired Magic. "She's always had a lot of speed, and the thing you have to worry about is how far she will go. She might be a little on the small side, but she has the width to go with it. She looks like a quarter horse."

Boozin Blonde, trained by Mike Doyle, is running back just a week after her second-out victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special.

Rounding out the field are Vandulka, Solar Sail, Capucine, Little Blessing, and Megan's Appeal.

Megan's Appeal and Solar Sail were second and third in a May 24 maiden special. Megan's Appeal lost by a nose.

Solar Sail showed surprising speed that day, according to trainer Mark Casse.

"My main concern was the break," Casse said. "She broke fast, but then they ran her down, and I was kind of surprised by that. I thought if anything, she would finish strong. She's come back and trained decently enough."

Solar Sail was a mere $85,000 yearling purchase, even though she's by the late great Seattle Slew.

"She's actually a pretty filly," Casse said. "She just has a unique way of walking. She's one of the last Seattle Slews, and if she were to pick up some black type here, it would enhance her value."