09/30/2003 11:00PM

Stroll, 'Kris' may meet again


MIAMI - Stroll, who has gradually ascended to the top of the 3-year-old turf division this summer, will put his four-race winning streak on the line in the $200,000 Calder Derby on Oct. 11. The Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile Calder Derby is one of seven stakes that make up the undercard on the $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program.

Stroll's current streak includes easy victories in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Jamaica handicaps. A homebred son of Pulpit, Stroll is trained by Bill Mott for Claiborne Farm.

Stroll tops a list of 25 nominees for the Calder Derby. The group also includes Kicken Kris, who finished second, two lengths behind Stroll, in the Jamaica. Trainer Michael Matz said he is undecided whether to bring Kicken Kris down to Florida for a rematch with Stroll or to stay in New York the same day for the 1 1/2-mile Lawrence Realization. Matz plans to confer with owner Elizabeth Moran before finalizing plans.

"I'll talk with Mrs. Moran this weekend and we'll make a decision then," said Matz. "I thought our horse ran a big race against Stroll in the Jamaica. He got an inside trip and we got an outside trip. But I think my horse is more effective at distances ranging from a mile and a quarter up to a mile and a half than a mile and a eighth."

The Calder Derby will be supported on the Festival of the Sun undercard by the $200,000 Calder Oaks, $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap, the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap, the $100,000 Flying Pidgeon Handicap, plus a pair of $75,000 stakes, the Birdonthewire and the Cassidy.

Stroll will again be ridden by Jerry Bailey, who is in line to have a big day on the Festival of the Sun program. Bailey's other confirmed mounts include All True in the $400,000 In Reality Stakes, Chatter Chatter in the $400,000 My Dear Girl, Best of the Rest, the probable heavy favorite n the Spend a Buck, and Stormy Frolic in the Shocker T.

'Chatter' preps for My Dear Girl

Chatter Chatter worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds here Wednesday morning as she continues to prepare for a rematch with the undefeated French Village in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl.

French Village also worked Wednesday, going six furlongs in 1:15.60 before galloping out seven-eighths in 1:28.60 for trainer Bill White.

French Village defeated Chatter Chatter by 1 1/4 lengths when the pair met in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes and is seeking to become only the second filly to sweep all three legs of the Stallion Stakes. Chatter Chatter has since returned to win a one-mile maiden race by 23 lengths.

* Misguided Left, who has won both his previous starts, worked five furlongs in 1:01 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:15 as he prepares to make his stakes debut in the six-furlong Cassidy. Misguided Left will face a field that is expected to include the unbeaten Wynn Do Comma.