06/23/2004 11:00PM

Pair of swift ones up against tougher


MIAMI - Yes It's Gold and Aclassysassylassy have a lot in common. Both 2-year-old fillies won their career debuts by half a pole, ran 4 1/2 furlongs in under 53 seconds, and earned Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-80's, beating up on four rivals of little or very limited ability at best.

On Saturday, the two youngsters must prove they can duplicate those performances going 5 1/2 furlongs against some real competition as the likely co-favorites in Calder's $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes. The race drew a field of nine that includes three other undefeated fillies, including two-time winner Leona's Knight.

Yes It's Gold won her debut by 14 1/4 lengths and posted a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 on May 31. She was subsequently bought privately by her current connections, The Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Walter "Buddy" New, and turned over to trainer David Fawkes. Yes It's Gold, a daughter of red-hot freshman sire Yes It's True, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 on June 20, the best of 15 works recorded at the distance that morning.

Aclassysassylassy debuted five days after Yes It's Gold and turned in nearly a carbon-copy performance, winning by 12 1/4 lengths and earning a Beyer Figure of 83, covering 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.80 seconds. Trained by David Vivian for his wife, Barbara, and partner Dominic Vittese, Aclassysassylassy has a turn of early speed that is likely to have her in close contention on Saturday.

Leona's Knight's Beyer Figures don't match up with either Yes It's Gold's or Classysassylassy's, but she has already proven her mettle against some strong opposition. A daughter of Suave Prospect, she easily defeated Spinning Jolie when she won her maiden on May 2, and Spinning Jolie flattered that effort by returning to win a maiden race by 15 lengths three weeks later.

Leona's Knight, a homebred owned by the Rose Family Stable and trained by Barry Rose, showed the ability to rate and win from off the pace when she overcame some trouble on the turn en route to a 1 3/4-length decision over the previously undefeated pair of My Kip and Punch Appeal under first-level allowance conditions earlier this month.

Spinning Jolie, My Kip, and Punch Appeal will all be back to take another shot at Leona's Knight in the J J'sdream, and all three figure to affect the early pace. So, too, should Tricky Ridge, who was bet down to 9-5 when she launched her career on May 29, and then ran to her backing by defeating a highly competitive field of maiden foes that included recent maiden winner Suchatouch.