07/26/2005 11:00PM

Surface right for Ready's Gal


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A year ago when Ready's Gal easily won her first two starts on the dirt at Saratoga, her connections probably didn't think her future would be as a turf horse.

On Friday at Saratoga, is among eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the Grade 3 Lake George at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Last year, Ready's Gal, a daughter of More Than Ready, won her maiden and an allowance race at Saratoga, before finishing second in the Grade 1 Frizette. That was the end of her success on the dirt.

When Ready Gal's returned to the races this year, she lost two starts, including a 20 1/4-length defeat as the favorite.

Todd Pletcher, Ready's Gal trainer, decided to switch the filly to the turf for her last start and she responded with a length win in the Little Silver at Monmouth.

Who's Cozy and Connie Belle, second and third in the Little Silver, are also entered in the $100,000-added Lake George.

"She's was very good at 2 on the dirt and then just lost form," Pletcher said of Ready's Gal. "When she was switched to the grass, she trained and raced like a different horse."

John Velazquez rides Ready's Gal, who led from start to finish in the 1 1/16-mile Little Silver. She drew the rail.

, trained by Linda Rice, lost as the favorite to Ready's Gal in the Little Silver, but appears capable of turning the tables on Friday. Rice won a division of the Lake George with Tenski in 1998 for Richard Golden, the owner of Who's Cozy.

"She ran well in [the Little Silver]," Rice said, "and gained a lot of seasoning."

Laurafina won a first-level allowance race as the favorite at Belmont on June 24. She ran a bang-up race earlier in June when she finished second to top grass filly Melhor Ainda in the Grade 3 Sands Point.

Beaugeste, a winner of her last two starts, ships in from Churchill Downs.

Dream Lady, second to Who's Cozy in an allowance in the spring, makes her stakes debut for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Connie Belle continues to improve after being switched to the turf earlier this year.

Wait It Out is an intriguing runner from trainer Heriberto Cedano's barn. Cedano, coming off a solid Belmont meet, puts blinkers on Wait It Out, who should be a square price.

Cedano also will saddle If It's Meant To B, who is not coupled in the wagering with Wait It Out.