Updated on 09/17/2011 10:05AM

Two options for Ivanavinalot


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Will Ivanavinalot run in Friday's $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream? Or will she ship to Florida Downs, where she would be a big favorite to win Sunday's $150,000 Florida Oaks?

That was the major question when entries closed Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile Bonnie Miss with a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, including Ivanavinalot, who figures to be the odds-on favorite if she starts.

Trainer Kathleen O'Connell said Ivanavinalot's owner-breeder Gil Campbell wanted to wait until entries were drawn for the Florida Oaks Thursday evening before making a final decision, although it appeared that he was leaning toward running at Tampa.

"We're just trying to find the easiest race possible," said O'Connell. "Right now our ultimate goal is the Kentucky Oaks, and we don't want her running her hardest race this weekend."

What is certain is that Ivanavinalot will have a new rider wherever she goes this weekend. John Velazquez will replace M.R. Cruz aboard Ivanavinalot, who won three stakes - including the My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion - to close out her 2-year-old campaign. She has been second in both starts at 3, one of which was the Davona Dale, where she finished a tiring second to Yell.

Two other members of the Bonnie Miss lineup, Spin Control and Ebony Breeze, were also expected to be cross-entered in the Florida Oaks.

"Originally I thought about ducking Ivanavinalot, but now I'm leaning towards staying in the Bonnie Miss, regardless," said Spin Control's trainer, Graham Motion. "We know [Spin Control] handles this track. She can handle a mile and one-eighth, which might give us an advantage over some of the others, including Ivanavinalot, who have never been that distance."

Spin Control posted a 13 1/2-length victory when she stretched out to nine furlongs in a maiden race here on Feb. 23.

Both My Boston Gal and Westerly Breeze are coming off losses in their 3-year-old debuts for trainer Carl Nafzger. My Boston Gal finished a well-beaten fifth in the Davona Dale after going undefeated in three starts at 2.

"My Boston Gal had an irritation which caused her to displace her palate in the Davona Dale," Nafzger explained. "She's trained better since then, although I'm a little concerned she didn't get enough out of that race. If she runs well we can look to go on towards the [Kentucky] Oaks. If she displaces again we'll have to stop on her and do soft palate surgery."

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