05/21/2008 11:00PM

Authenicat prepping for Oaks in Lady Angela


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Authenicat will prep on Saturday for the June 8 Woodbine Oaks against Ontario-sired opposition at Woodbine in the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes.

Authenicat finished third in the Sovereign Award voting for last year's champion 2-year-old filly. She won the Victorian Queen Stakes convincingly in October, getting a 90 Beyer Speed Figure, and completed her campaign by running second behind Pure Clan in the Grade 3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill.

In her return from a 5 1/2-month layoff in the April 13 Star Shoot Stakes, Authenicat finished second to Verdana Bold, who subsequently captured the Grade 3 Selene Stakes.

"I was thrilled with her first race back," said trainer Josie Carroll. "She has changed a lot as a 3-year-old. She's really matured this year. We're finding that she's just done that on her own."

Carroll said she bypassed the 1 1/16-mile Selene last Sunday in favor of the seven-furlong Lady Angela.

"We were back and forth between the two races," Carroll said. "She is Ontario-sired, and we thought this race was a good fit. Our goal this year has been to try to get her to the Oaks as comfortably as we can."

Patrick Husbands will ride Authenicat, a $150,000 yearling purchase by D'wildcat.

Executrix is exiting a second-place finish against older Ontario-sired opponents in a six-furlong allowance. She finished fifth in the Star Shoot just eight days after she was a good second to her stablemate Shilla in the La Voyageuse.

Emma Wilson retains the mount on Executrix, who is trained by Nick Gonzalez.

Nicki Knew came wide from just off the pace to win a seven-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired stock following a long layoff May 10.

Anne's Purse and Kaleidoscope Kerry could link up on the early lead.

Anne's Purse trounced a field of Ontario-sired maidens when she debuted April 30, scoring by 5 1/2 lengths and earning an 80 Beyer.

Kaleidoscope Kerry won at first asking in September before finishing up the track in the Victorian Queen. In her only start this year, she led most of the way to win an Ontario-sired allowance with a 70 Beyer.

Short Shorts could be an off-the-pace threat, as she stretches out to the distance of her maiden win. She is adding Lasix off a third-place finish, while dropping some weight.