09/29/2005 11:00PM

Shippers aim for Stallion Series


MIAMI - Running Lass and In Summation will attempt an unprecedented double sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes when they start in the $400,000 My Dear Girl and In Reality Stakes on Oct. 15. The task will not be an easy one for either 2-year-old, though, with talented invaders expected to ship to town for both series finales.

Trainer Christopher Paasch is eyeing the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl for Mystery Girl, a steadily improving daughter of Stormy Atlantic who is coming off a second-place finish behind West Coast division leader Wild Fit in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. Mystery Girl is rated fourth by Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, Mike Watchmaker, in the 2-year-old filly division.

"Our other alternative besides the race at Calder would be the Alcibiades at Keeneland one week earlier," Paasch said Friday. "Even though the timing would be better for a potential start in the Breeders' Cup if she runs in Kentucky, going to Calder would be an easier race for her. The problem is the My Dear Girl gives us only two weeks before the Breeders' Cup, so she'd have to win the right way if we go to Florida for me to send her on to New York for the Breeders' Cup."

Paasch said Mystery Girl was scheduled to work Saturday at Hollywood Park, after which the trainer would get together with the filly's owner, Charles Cono, and map out an itinerary for the filly.

"At the moment, we're probably 75-25 to come to Florida," said Paasch, "but we'll see how she works and try to get an idea what the competition might be before making a final decision. We'll have to decide something by Wednesday, because that's when the plane leaves here for Kentucky."

Bailey to ride Running Lass

Running Lass, the wire-to-wire winner of the opening two legs of the filly division, had her first work since capturing the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes on Sept. 3, breezing a mile in 1:44.40 here Thursday. A daughter of Running Stag, she was ridden to victory by Manoel Cruz in both the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl Stakes but will have a new rider for the My Dear Girl, with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey getting the call from trainer Angel Salinas.

Bailey, whose only previous Florida Stallion Stakes win came aboard Chatter Chatter in the 2003 My Dear Girl, will have mounts in all four major stakes on the Oct. 15 Festival of the Sun card. According to his agent, Ron Anderson, Bailey will also ride Cab for trainer Steve Asmussen in the In Reality, either Grand Reserve or Silver Whistle for trainer Bill Mott in the $200,000 Calder Derby, and either My Typhoon or Connie Belle for Mott in the $200,000 Calder Oaks.

In Summation is undefeated and was never threatened in the first two legs of the open division of the Stallion Stakes. He could get a real challenge, though, from Cab, who already has the advantage of having a race around two turns. That experience came Sept. 17 at Turfway Park when In Summation, a son of Trippi, finished a tiring third as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes.

Trainer Ralph Ziadie said he is still hopeful Siren Cove could make the My Dear Girl, even though he had to scratch the lightly raced filly from the Brave Raj last weekend.

"She twisted an ankle a little bit, but she should be all right," said Ziadie. "If all goes well, I think she still should be able to make the Stallion Stakes."

Siren Cove finished second behind Running Lass in the Desert Vixen and third in the Susan's Girl.

Chancey Light goes for three in a row

Chancey Light will be favored to win her third straight turf stakes when she starts under high weight of 123 pounds in Sunday's $40,000 Capital Request Stakes. Chancey Light rallied to win the Georgia Peaches and Aspidistra Handicap in her last two starts. A field of 11 older fillies and mares will contest the 7 1/2-furlong Capital Request, with R Obsession, You Glitter Girl, and Silver Lace among the main contenders.