09/30/2007 11:00PM

Allergy won't stop Simple Sister

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Simple Sister may be allergic to Woodbine's Polytrack, but it hasn't stopped her from running well over it, and she should be a closing threat in Wednesday's $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Simple Sister's three most recent races were all excellent. She won her maiden by eight lengths against Ontario-sired opposition July 28, then wound up third in the six-furlong Ontario Debutante Stakes. She rallied for a daylight win last time out in the seven-furlong Muskoka, a stakes for graduates of local yearling sales.

Simple Sister was disqualified from fourth for interference in her debut, and was kicked by a pony prior to her subpar second start, according to trainer Albert Schembri.

"She ran green in her first race, and only lost by two lengths," Schembri recalled. "They put her seventh, because she impeded another rider."

Schembri said Simple Sister becomes irritated immediately after a Polytrack race, and breaks out in hives.

"She's allergic to the Poly," he said. "If she's behind a wall of horses, she inhales [the material] and gets some of it in her lungs. She doesn't want to be touched after a race. She gets itchy, I guess."

Schembri acknowledged that turning back to six furlongs might not be ideal for Simple Sister, but he said some time on the farm after the Muskoka might sharpen her sufficiently for Wednesday's race.

"I gave her more than two weeks off," he said. "She might be fresh enough to get the job done. She's a bit calmer since she came back from the farm. She's shown some maturity."

Executrix and Authenicat both have tactical speed and should be prominent from the start.

Executrix came wide from just off the pace to win the six-furlong Nandi Stakes in her penultimate start. She was a front-running third in the Sept.o3 Muskoka.

"She set a pressured pace, and I thought she ran good to hold on for third," said trainer Nick Gonzalez. "She's a nice filly who tries hard every time, but for her to get seven-eighths, everything has to go perfect."

Authenicat, a fading seventh in the Nandi, set moderate fractions en route to an easy win last out in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance.