Updated on 09/17/2011 11:46PM

Ready to Please wins Fantasy

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Ready To Please, Stewart Elliott up, wins the Grade 2, $250,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park by three lengths over Miss Norman.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Todd Pletcher won his second major stakes of this year's Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park on Friday, when Ready to Please proved three lengths best over Miss Norman in the Grade 2, $250,000 .

Less than a week ago, Pletcher sent out Spun Sugar to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on the opening program of the Festival, which comprises nine stakes worth $2.8 million over the final week of the meet at Oaklawn.

"We've had a pretty good run," said Pletcher.

Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Ready to Please ($9.80) settled in fourth along the rail in the Fantasy, as Miss Norman set fractions of 23.21 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.04 for the half-mile. Ready to Please held her position approaching the quarter pole as Miss Norman bolted to the outside entering the stretch. Ready to Please moved to the lead and went on to cover the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.63.

"Todd told me my filly would rate, so when the leader went around me in the first turn, I took her back a little and just settled into a good spot down the backside," said Elliott, who won last year's Fantasy with Round Pond. "In the last turn, it looked like the leader was trying to get out a little, and I thought I would find room along the rail when it was time to go."

A decision on Ready to Please's next start has not been made, but Pletcher said his gut reaction is that the Kentucky Oaks on May 5 will come up too quickly for her. Pletcher said Ready to Please benefits from a little more time between starts, adding that the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 19 is a possibility.

"We didn't really go in there with the intentions of this being a prep for the Oaks," Pletcher said of the Fantasy.

Miss Norman, who was making her first start around two turns and her first in blinkers, bolted to the outside passing the quarter pole and ducked out again in upper stretch before putting in a determined run to regain second. She later survived an objection, which was not allowed. Miss Norman finished a neck in front of third-place finisher Brownie Points and will be pointed for the Kentucky Oaks, according to her trainer, Karin Long.

The remaining order of finish was Ex Caelis, Sweet Fervor, Quiet Kim, Sweet Idea, and Lady Danza.

Ready to Please has now won 3 of 5 starts. She earned $150,000 for the win in the Fantasy and increased her career earnings to $196,150. Ready To Please, a daughter of More Than Ready, races for James T. Scatuorchio.