10/19/2005 11:00PM

Two chances for Pletcher in filly stakes


On Saturday at Belmont, trainer Todd Pletcher will have two chances to add to his ever-growing collection of juvenile stakes trophies when he saddles the uncoupled entry of Summer Palace and Cinderella's Dream in the $100,000 Maid of the Mist for New York-bred fillies.

, ridden by Pletcher's go-to jockey, John Velazquez, may be the slight favorite in the one-mile stakes. Cinderella's Dream was bet hard for her debut at Saratoga and finished three-quarters of a length short of Artistic Express. She returned a month later at Belmont and earned a whopping 97 Beyer Speed Figure winning off by 11 lengths.

"We thought she might do that first time out," Pletcher said. "She caught a sloppy surface and didn't get untracked until late. We gave some thought about running in the Gimma, but we went the conservative route and ran back in a maiden race. She went quite a bit faster than the Gimma."

Cinderella's Dream won her maiden in 1:22.93 for seven furlongs on Sept. 28. It took Artistic Express 1:26.29 to win the Joseph A. Gimma on Sept. 25.

Summer Palace finished 10th in her debut on grass at Saratoga, but came back to graduate in gate-to-wire fashion on the dirt at Belmont. Jerry Bailey gets the mount on Saturday.

"We ran her on turf first time out because her breeding suggested she'd be a turf horse," Pletcher said. "She really trained well after her first start, and trained well on dirt, and she ran well. A mile is within both of their scopes."

enters with a 2-for-2 record. A daughter of Western Expression trained by Mike Hernandez, Artistic Express has speed and figures to be a strong pace factor.

Little Miss won the Lady Fingers for statebred fillies at Finger Lakes in her third career start. Most recently she wound up on the wrong end of a speed duel as the 4-5 favorite in the Monmouth NATC Futurity, and is another who is quick from the gate.

has run better on the grass, but trainer John Kimmel believes she is equally capable on the main track.

"She's worked really well on dirt," said Kimmel. "She's a filly that doesn't want to be rushed off her feet, and she wasn't suited to sprinting. I think the fillies might be a little weaker than the boys, so we'll go ahead and take a shot."

How 'bout No was an extremely impressive debut winner for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., and lures Edgar Prado from Artistic Express.

Rounding out the field are Zippy Missy, Precisepursuit, Bee in a Bonnet, Beautiful Reward, Follow My Dream, Widely Acclaimed, and Party Napkin.

- additional reporting by David Grening