06/15/2005 11:00PM

Two stakes, two standout females

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Isola Piu Bella is already a two-time graded stakes winner this year, having won the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne (above) and the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream. She goes Saturday in Delaware's Obeah Handicap.

Dance Away Capote, an easy winner of her last two races, and Isola Piu Bella, a two-time graded stakes winner already this season, are the star attractions on Saturday's program at Delaware Park.

Unfortunately for fans who would be thrilled to see the 3-year-old filly Dance Away Capote challenge the 5-year-old Isola Piu Bella, the two standout female distance runners are entered in separate stakes.

, prepping for a start in next month's $500,000 Delaware Oaks, looks like as a standout against six other 3-year-old fillies in the $175,000 Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup. The 1 1/16-mile stakes goes as race 6.

, idle for nearly two months, should be a solid favorite in race 8, the $100,000 Obeah Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. The Obeah is a steppingstone to the $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 17.

After trainer H. Graham Motion was forced to scratch Dance Away Capote from the Kentucky Oaks because of a fever, he went to Plan B - a series of three stakes at Delaware Park. She handled phase one of her assignment by cruising to a 5 1/4-length win in the 1 1/16-mile Go for Wand on May 28.

"I haven't done a whole lot with her since her last race," Motion said of Dance Away Capote, who is 4 for 8 lifetime. "She is not the type filly who needs a whole a lot training. I think she is coming up to the race in good shape."

Motion said he likes the idea of focusing Dance Away Capote's spring-summer campaign at Delaware, where she is 2 for 2, both in stakes. Following the Susan's Girl, she will point to the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on July 16.

"I think that gives her a bit of the home-field advantage in that she really does seem to handle the track well," Motion said. "Hopefully, that will help us down the road."

The keenest competition for Dance Away Capote in the Susan's Girl should come from a pair of New York-based fillies, Pleasant Chimes and Capitulation.

, trained by Mark Hennig, encountered trouble in each of her last two starts. She managed to finish third despite stumbling at the start of the Grade 2 Comely at Aqueduct in April and was third again after being forced to steady in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

, trained by Richard Violette, takes a distinct class rise after clearing her first allowance condition at Belmont Park on May 15. The Susan's Girl will be Capitulation's first start around two turns.

Isola Piu Bella brings the best credentials into the Obeah, the final local prep for the Grade 2, $1 million Delaware Handicap.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Isola Piu Bella, a Chilean import who did not race at all in 2004, won two of her first four starts in the United States. She posted triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in taking the Grade 3 Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February and the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne in late April. Both races were at the same 1 1/8-mile distance as the Obeah.

, a 5-year-old from Kiaran McLaughlin's barn, appears to be Isola Piu Bella's most dangerous rival.

During the winter, Saintliness won back-to-back stakes at Aqueduct, including the Grade 2 Next Move Handicap. She failed to show her customary early speed in her most recent start, the Grade 2 Shuvee at Belmont.

was beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Isola Piu Bella in the Rampart, but returned from a freshening to win an overnight stakes at Delaware on May 23. Trained by Michael Matz, India Halo is making the second start of her current form cycle and has the potential to turn the tables on Isola Piu Bella.