06/06/2005 11:00PM

Stolen Prayer aims high in Fashion


ELMONT, N.Y. - If Eddie Plesa had followed the normal drill, he would be running Stolen Prayer back in the first leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes series for 2-year-old fillies. But Plesa believes Stolen Prayer could be better than that, which is why she will be running against five rivals in Thursday's $75,000 Fashion Stakes at Belmont Park.

"I think she could be something out of the ordinary," said Plesa, the trainer and part owner of Stolen Prayer.

, a daughter of Songandaprayer, won her maiden on April 26 by 15 lengths at Calder. Her time of 54.26 seconds for 4 1/2 furlongs may not overwhelm but the ease with which she won impressed Plesa.

"She did it in hand and did it very impressively," Plesa said. "She showed that she could run from the get-go. She's a very attractive filly; she's got some pedigree behind her. We had a lot of offers to sell her, which were flattering. Bottom line is, she should be competitive."

Edgar Prado rides Stolen Prayer from post 5.

Trainers Mark Hennig, Todd Pletcher and D. Wayne Lukas have won 4 of the 6 Fashions since the race was reinstated in 1999. All have horses in this race.

Pletcher sends out , an 8 1/2-length maiden winner at Keeneland on April 29. Breaking from the inside on a sloppy track, Successful Romance chased the pace early, took control turning for home, and kicked strongly through the lane under John Velazquez.

"She trained very well leading up to that," Pletcher said. "She drew the inside. We hoped she'd get away from the gate well, which she did, and she did everything right."

Hennig won this race with Gilded Diablo in 1999 and With Ability in 2000. On Thursday, he sends out Fifth Avenue, who may be the one to catch under Pablo Fragoso. Fifth Avenue, a daughter of Monarchos, was part of a four-ply speed duel in her debut before drawing clear to a 3 1/4-length score. She covered five furlongs in 57.99 seconds.

, trained by Lukas, is the only member of the field to have started more than once. After finishing sixth in her debut at Keeneland on April 15, she came back 15 days later to win a Churchill maiden race by seven lengths.

If the pace is hot and contested, Luxury Ride, a debut winner at Churchill for Dale Romans, figures to charge from off the pace under Jerry Bailey. Blissful Trip, a maiden winner at Pimlico, completes the field.