Updated on 09/15/2011 1:04PM

Platel's perfect record on the line


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Unbeaten Platel stretches out to 1 1/16 miles in Saturday's $283,250 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes at Woodbine.

The Grade 1 race has attracted nine other juvenile fillies, including American runners Chase Gap and Honest Deceiver.

Platel was favored in her debut against $80,000 maidens June 28, and scored by three lengths while covering five furlongs in a mediocre clocking of 59.80.

Platel was dismissed at 18-1 in her only other race, Aug. 12 in the Ontario Debutante Stakes. She carved out the fractions in the six-furlong dash, and wasn't fazed by a flock of geese on the track in the stretch.

Heavily favored Jealous Forum mounted a wide rally in the final furlong, but Platel held on to prevail by a half-length in a quick final time of 1:10.80. Both Ginger Gold and Miss Noire exited the Debutante to win their next respective starts in stakes.

Trainer Vito Armata said Platel didn't train like she was anything special early on, but she began to blossom after her debut.

"We gave her a little time after her first race," Armata recalled, "and that's when she started to put it all together. She wasn't like that when we first got her from Florida."

Armata is unsure of how Platel will handle a route of ground. "My exercise boy feels that she can go two turns," Armata said. "She trains relaxed, so we have to take a shot."

My Dear Stakes winner Jealous Forum was undefeated heading into the Ontario Debutante. She was a dull fourth under Patrick Husbands in the slower division of the one-mile Natalma Stakes two weeks ago.

Trainer Mark Casse believes going a route on the main track could be Jealous Forum's cup of tea.

"Judging by the way she settles when she runs, it shouldn't be a problem," Casse reasoned. "Patrick said she was never really comfortable in that race on the grass because the course was so hard."

Chase Gap, a nicely bred maiden, finished second when debuted Sept. 2 at Saratoga.

Elgin Stakes winner Bold n' Fancy heads the first of two other features on the card, the H.J. Addison Jr. Stakes for older male products of local sales.

Inspired Kiss tries to snap out of a slump in the filly and mare division, the H.A. Hindmarsh. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles for $60,000-guaranteed.