06/10/2009 11:00PM

Authenicat gets relief in Ballade

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Authenicat will get some significant class relief Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Ballade Stakes, and she figures to be strongly backed in the six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired females.

Authenicat was one of the better 3-year-old fillies in Canada in 2008, banking $350,400 on the year.

Authenicat has run twice this year. She was flat in her season opener in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland and finished sixth as the 37-1 outsider in the six-horse field. Most recently in the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes here, she was a stalking third behind her stablemate Smart Surprise and Proud Heiress.

Trainer Josie Carroll was at a loss to explain Authenicat's dull try over Keeneland's Polytrack in the seven-furlong Madison.

"For whatever reason, she didn't show up and run her race that day," Carroll said. "It's probably the only time that she hasn't. She came back and ran extremely well."

Authenicat's most notable work since the May 10 Hendrie was a five-eighths breeze in 1:00 on May 31.

"That's very typical of how she works," Carroll said. "She's been training strong."

Robert Landry will ride Authenicat, who is owned by Vinery Stable and Fog City Stable.

Bent Attorney could only manage eighth in last year's Ballade, but she's in much better form leading up to this year's renewal.

Bent Attorney was victorious in two consecutive six-furlong allowances in November after being claimed for $50,000 by trainer Don MacRae in October. She wound up second in both of her starts this year, which came at the third-level $80,000 optional-claiming level.

You Will Love Me is starting for the first time since mid-October, when she was narrowly beaten in the Classy 'N Smart Stakes. A four-time stakes winner, she has tended to need a race or two before getting back into the swing of things.

Executive Flight, unraced since the fall, won her first out in 2006 and 2007 and was third in the 2008 Ballade following a seven-month absence. She has worked quickly this spring on the training track and the Polytrack.

London Snow, the 2008 Ballade winner, was a non-threatening seventh behind Dancing Allstar and Smart Surprise when she came off the shelf in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes.

Nicki Knew, last year's Bison City Stakes winner, steps up off a distant third-place finish in her season debut in an optional claimer.