11/24/2005 12:00AM

Pletcher has his foes outnumbered


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The depth of Todd Pletcher's 2-year-old filly division will be on display Saturday when he sends out three of the five runners in the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct.

The trio of all come in on winning streaks, and each won a stakes race in her last start. The field for the nine-furlong, two-turn race is completed by Tempted winner Better Now and beaten Tempted favorite Wonder Lady Anne L.

After finishing fifth in her debut, Wait a While won her maiden by five lengths on turf before taking the off-the-turf Miss Grillo Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths at Belmont on Oct. 23. Pletcher had considered shipping Wait a While to Maryland for last weekend's Selima Stakes on turf, but wants to try her in graded company on dirt.

"With this being a Grade 2 at a distance she has already won at, it made a little more sense," said Pletcher, who has won two of the last four Demoiselles. "I think she's a pretty good filly on either surface and it looked like this was a good spot to try a Grade 2."

Wait a While will break from the rail under Jerry Bailey.

Cinderella's Dream finished second to next-out stakes winner Artistic Express in her debut before winning her maiden by 11 lengths and the Maid of the Mist Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Pletcher said he doesn't believe that Cinderella's Dream handled the slop in the Maid of the Mist, which made that win more impressive than it may appear on paper.

"Her fast-track race is much better," Pletcher said. "She's another that acts like she wants to stretch out."

Love Locket has won three in a row, including two stakes at Delaware Park, and certainly gets tested for class in this spot. She could be the main speed under Garret Gomez.

"She has been in some good situations, but by the same token she has gotten the job done all three of her starts around two turns," Pletcher said.

Better Now won the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes, a one-turn mile race, by 3 1/2 lengths. She is a late runner who won't have a problem with the distance, but who could be compromised if the pace is soft.

"We hope they rattle a little bit and give us an opportunity to close on them," said Seth Gregory, assistant to trainer Mark Hennig.

Wonder Lady Anne L is the least accomplished member of the field, but was favored in the Tempted.