09/27/2006 11:00PM

Baker, Casse take two shots in Mazarine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Heading into this week, Reade Baker led the Woodbine trainer standings with 52 wins, three more than runner-up Mark Casse. Both trainers will send out two 2-year-old fillies in Saturday's $250,000 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Casse will saddle Sprung and Silky Smooth in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine.

Sprung recorded a 48-1 upset when she debuted over a mile on turf in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes. After awaiting room at the top of the stretch, she closed along the rail to defeat her stablemate Quiet Action.

Casse said Sprung had trained encouragingly prior to the Sept. 10 Natalma, leading him to take a chance in the race.

"I really thought that Quiet Action would be tough in there," Casse recalled. "Quiet Action had missed some time, and almost missed the race. I thought [Sprung] was as good, if not better, than Quiet Action, and if you feel that way, why not give it a shot? I don't think you could ever expect a performance like that."

Casse predicted that Sprung will handle the Polytrack just fine.

"She's trained good on the Polytrack and the dirt," Casse said. "She has the potential to be very special. She's already very special to me, even if she never does anything else."

Silky Smooth never fired first time out in the July 2 My Dear Stakes, and is coming off a second-place finish in a six-furlong maiden special.

Baker entered A.P. Reality and Coy Coyote in the Grade 3 event.

A.P. Reality, a large daughter of Pulpit, has only competed on the grass. She was beaten just three-quarters of a length when third in the Natalma after a stalking trip under Jim McAleney.

"Once Jimmy got himself out from behind horses, he got rolling," Baker said. "I think in hindsight, if he didn't have all those horses in front of him, he wouldn't have pulled the trigger so quick."

Baker said he believes A.P. Reality is well-suited to 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack.

"She acts like she really loves the Poly," Baker said. "I don't think the distance will be a problem."

Coy Coyote has won 2 of 4, including a six-furlong allowance Sept. 8. Her dam has thrown four route winners on dirt.

Changeisgonnacome is the lone American shipper in the 10-horse field.

Based at Laurel with trainer Michael Trombetta, Changeisgonnacome was recently second in the restricted P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga, from which Meadow Breeze exited to capture the Grade 1 Matron at Belmont.