10/10/2007 11:00PM

Silk Ridge can join elite club

EmailMIAMI - Silk Ridge will earn a piece of Florida Stallion Stakes history and a possible spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies if she's able to win the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder on Saturday.

The My Dear Girl and the $400,000 In Reality for males highlight the $1.6 million Festival of the Sun card, which features six other stakes including the Grade 3 Calder Derby and Calder Oaks.

Silk Ridge will attempt to become only the third filly in the 26-year history of the Stallion Stakes to sweep her division. Nancy's Glitter and Aclassysassylassy accomplished the feat in 1997 and 2004, respectively. Five others entered the My Dear Girl with a chance to complete the sweep but failed to do so, the most recent being French Village in 2003.

Silk Ridge has won each of her last three starts, beginning the streak by overcoming an unlucky trip to capture the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes on Aug. 11. She returned three weeks later with an easy 8 3/4-length triumph in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl division. Afterward, trainer Gordon Potter said he would train his star up to the My Dear Girl. But Silk Ridge was doing so well, Potter opted instead to run her Sept. 22 in the mile-and-70-yard Brave Raj Stakes, where she responded with an easy 5 1/4-length triumph.

"This last race was a big test because it was around two turns, but I was pretty confident she'd handle it," said Potter. "She'd have to run really big in the My Dear Girl to consider bringing her back in two weeks for the Breeders' Cup, but it's certainly in the back of our minds."

Silk Ridge is listed as the 12-1 seventh choice by Mike Watchmaker in Daily Racing Form's line for the Juvenile Fillies.

Manny Aguilar, who has teamed up with Silk Ridge for each of her last three wins, will be back aboard in the My Dear Girl.

Asi Asi and Calico Bay, second and third behind Silk Ridge in the Brave Raj, will again test the favorite, as will Bond Princess, who was the beaten choice in the opening two legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes.

The most intriguing member of the field is Shorty Puffs, who gets tested for class after winning her last two starts by a combined margin of 33 lengths against lesser opposition.

Wise Answer also figures to be a heavy favorite to add the In Reality to his previous wins in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes and mile-and-70-yard Foolish Pleasure. Like Potter, trainer David Brownlee had originally planned on skipping a prep for the Stallion Series finale following Wise Answer's 6 3/4-length triumph in the Affirmed, but instead changed plans and was rewarded with a similarly easy 4 3/4-length victory in the Foolish Pleasure.

Before winning the Affirmed, Wise Answer was second to Big City Man in the Dr. Fager, the first leg of the series for his division.

Ray Fuentes was aboard Wise Answer for the Affirmed and Foolish Pleasure, but Brownlee has decided to turn the reins over to New York's leading jockey, Eibar Coa, for the In Reality.

Hey Byrn, second in the Affirmed and fourth in the Foolish Pleasure, will add blinkers for his third meeting with Wise Answer, while trainer Kathleen O'Connell will use a three-pronged attack, hoping to upset the favorite with Sir Dave, Cigar Man, and Check It Twice.

The In Reality also drew a pair of shippers: Inner Light, from the barn of trainer Bill Mott, and Big Al, who has been competing in New York with Tim Hills but will run for trainer Steve Standridge on Saturday. Both Inner Light and Big Al are still maidens.