11/22/2007 12:00AM

Sunday Elegance gets test

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - It was only a maiden win and she got loose on an easy lead, but Sunday Elegance certainly looked like a graded stakes filly last month at Monmouth Park. She will get a chance to prove that theory correct Saturday when she takes on stakes winners Elusive Lady and Expect the End in the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct.

Sunday Elegance, a daughter of Sunday Break, was flat-out awful in her first two starts. She was beaten 13 1/2 lengths in a sprint at Saratoga before losing by 11 1/2 lengths in a two-turn turf race at the Meadowlands. Her trainer, Todd Pletcher, thought sprinting would not be her game and said he only ran her on the turf because a two-turn dirt race didn't fill. Pletcher also believes that Sunday Elegance displaced her palate in the Meadowlands race, and had the filly undergo a myectomy prior to her win at Monmouth.

In that race, run over a track labeled muddy, Sunday Holiday broke alertly and was under a hold by John Velazquez for the entire mile and

70-yard journey, which took 1:40.86 to complete. She is the only filly in this field to have run around two turns. The Demoiselle is contested at 1 1/8 miles.

"We're obviously taking a huge step up from a maiden race, but there doesn't appear to be a clear-cut standout," said Pletcher, a two-time Demoiselle winner.

Elusive Lady may be favored based on her 4 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Tempted here on Oct. 28. After breaking slowly, Elusive Lady took jockey Eibar Coa to the front and she ran away from the field in the final furlong. Trainer John Kimmel doesn't think the stretch out to 1 1/8 miles will bother her.

"It was remarkable to me how unfazed she was by the effort," Kimmel said. "She was not even blowing when she came back to the winner's circle. She put the distance between herself and the field from the eighth pole to the wire.''

Elusive Lady, the co-highweight with Expect the End at 119 pounds, will break from post 7 under Coa.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. will seek his third Demoiselle win in the last four years when he sends out the New York-bred Expect the End. She has won 4 of 5 career starts, including three straight New York-bred stakes. This will be her first try beyond a mile.

"Since she won that first race at Belmont," Dutrow said, referring to the Joseph A. Gimma, "she's done nothing but train better and better."

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens sends out the uncoupled entry of maiden winners Be Fruitful and Melissa Jo. Home Crowd and Mushka complete the field.