11/18/2005 12:00AM

Platinum Light's amazing performance


MIAMI - Just when you think you've seen it all in this sport, along comes Friday's second race at Calder.

The second half of the early double appeared simple enough on paper, a maiden $32,000 claiming race for 2-year-old fillies going a mile. But by the time the field had run an eighth of a mile it was obvious this was not going to be any ordinary race.

Heading into the first turn, Lovin' Lisa, with jockey Sebastian Madrid aboard, was driving to the lead inside of 4-5 favorite Platinum Light and jockey Jorge Chavez. Suddenly, Madrid's left rein broke causing Lovin' Lisa to bear out sharply and slam into Platinum Light. Madrid was catapulted out of the saddle and fell to the track after making a desperate attempt to grab onto Chavez and his mount to avoid plummeting into the path of the remainder of the field.

Chavez was fortunate just to stay aboard his filly after being slammed by both Lovin' Lisa and Madrid. But before Chavez could regain control of his mount, Platinum Light drifted well out past the middle of the racetrack around entire clubhouse turn.

To Chavez's credit and the credit of his horse, neither gave up. Platinum Light recovered to move within striking distance of the early leaders down the backstretch, then ran down the pace-setting Heartlight to score one of the most amazing victories in quite some time here.

"I don't know how I didn't get dropped myself," Chavez said. "Sebastian and his horse slammed me so hard. I really lost my balance for a few moments. It's a good thing I'm pretty fit or I'd have been down too. I still can't believe we wound up winning the race. We must have given away 15 lengths around that turn."

The win was the first of three on the day for the 43-year-old Chavez, who completed the hat trick with victories aboard Keep Cruisin and Rupert's Prospect in the eighth and ninth races.

Madrid miraculously walked away from the frightening spill unscathed and returned to guide Mister Supreme to a second-place finish in the fifth race.

Mocita vs. Fast Lisa in Stormy Frolic

Chavez figures to be a major player in the $40,000 Stormy Frolic Stakes on Sunday, when he rides Mocita for trainer Marty Wolfson. The Stormy Frolic is an overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Mocita is coming off a fourth-place finish against older rivals in the Shocker T. Handicap on Oct. 15. In her previous start, she easily defeated second-level optional claiming and allowance opposition, running a mile in a solid 1:39.54. Mocita has the added advantage of having drawn the rail in a field of 10 in the Stormy Frolic.

Fast Lisa tops the competition, coming off a third-place finish against a strong group of 3-year-old fillies in the Calder Oaks. Fast Lisa also was an easy winner of the Ravolia Stakes here late this summer.