05/25/2007 11:00PM

Ready to Please filly back to old self


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ready to Please reeled off three straight victories early in her 3-year-old season while developing into a graded stakes winner for trainer Todd Pletcher. But after that, the filly lost seven races in a row before finally snapping the skein with an allowance win on opening day of the current Churchill Downs spring meet.

That April 28 victory might well have sparked a new win streak, as Ready to Please, now 4, should prove tough to beat Monday in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Ready to Please, with Robby Albarado to ride, figures as a solid favorite in the $100,000 Winning Colors, a six-furlong race that drew a field of eight fillies and mares.

"Obviously we were pleased with her effort on opening day," said Michael McCarthy, who oversees Pletcher's local string. McCarthy noted that Ready to Please "kind of ran up on heels" that day, and that John Velazquez, who rode her, "said she was really eager to go."

"She finished up well and galloped out strong," McCarthy said. "She's had two good works since that race. She ran good here last year going a mile when she was second to Joint Effort, and I don't see any Joint Efforts in there against her Monday."

Ready to Please, owned by James Scatuorchio, finished second behind Joint Effort, a multiple stakes winner, last June in the Grade 3 Dogwood at a mile. The recent allowance win came in her second start over the local surface.

Ready to Please will start from post 1 and is likely to stalk the pace. Among her strongest challengers are Ocean Current (post 3), a speedy and consistent filly bred and owned by Overbrook Farm; Cuaba (post 6), a two-time winner in allowance company at Gulfstream Park this winter; and Miss Macy Sue (post 7), a winner in 6 of 13 lifetime starts.

Miss Macy Sue owns the best lifetime Beyer Speed Figure in this field, having earned a 102 when she romped to victory two starts back in the Carousel at Oaklawn Park. Ready to Please has earned four Beyer Figures in the 90s, including a 97 in her last win.

The rest of the field is Morner, Flashy Lady, Morethanaprincess, and Arradoul.

The Winning Colors goes as the 10th of 11 races on a Monday card that begins at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

Pletcher, with McCarthy deputizing, won the Winning Colors last year with Ever Elusive, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano.