11/25/2008 12:00AM

C Karma showing her stuff


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - C Karma had attracted plenty of attention here in the buildup to the Breeders' Cup, as she earned a guaranteed berth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with her victory in the Grade 3 Natalma.

But C Karma came in well under the radar when she resurfaced in last Saturday's six-furlong Pontalba at the Fair Grounds.

Cutting back from the 1 1/16 miles of the Juvenile Fillies Turf, in which she finished eighth but was beaten just 5 3/4 lengths, CoKarma completed a distinctive triple in the Pontalba.

C Karma now has won on dirt, turf, and Polytrack in a seven-start campaign that saw her finish in the money six times while banking $197,100.

"At the end of the day, good horses are good horses," said Greg DeGannes, who trains CoKarma for her owner and breeder, Pamela Edel. "They're going to run, no matter where. The fact that she handled dirt was no great surprise. She's an athletic filly - she can handle anything."

DeGannes was not the trainer of record at Fair Grounds, as he did not make the trip to New Orleans. Edel, a Florida horse trader with many hats, dusted off her trainer's license and did the honors for the Pontalba.

"After the Breeders' Cup, the filly went home to Florida and was turned out for a week," said DeGannes. "We were pointing her to the Sunshine Millions, and our intention was to keep her in light training until I got down to Palm Meadows early next month.

"But she was training so aggressively, and the Fair Grounds race didn't look like it would be too tough a spot."

C Karma will rejoin DeGannes at Palm Meadows to resume her pursuit of the Sunshine Millions Oaks, a six-furlong race for Florida- or California-bred 3-year-old fillies that will be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24.

Fresh start for Southern Exchange

DeGannes, who has 15 stalls at Palm Meadows, also is looking forward to being reunited with Southern Exchange, a Florida-bred 2-year-old colt whom he trains for Bill and Vicki Poston.

Southern Exchange won his first three starts here, including the Victoria and Colin, and then was a close fourth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

But in his last outing, trying two turns for the first time in the Grade 3 Grey here Oct.o5, Southern Exchange did not respond to rating tactics and wound up last in the field of six.

"We turned him out in Ocala," said DeGannes. "He's just about finished a four-week holiday. We thought it was a good time to take a step back.

"We'll get him cranked up for the Sunshine Millions Dash, and see where we go from there. He's grown up quite a bit. I'm looking forward to getting him back."

The Sunshine Millions Dash, a six-furlong race for Florida- or California-bred 3-year-olds, will be run at Santa Anita on Jan. 24.

Solid contingent in Florida

The DeGannes string at Palm Meadows also will include Lady Sarah, Astrotime, and Divine Destiny.

Lady Sarah, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly owned by the Postons, displayed steady improvement on the turf here this fall, winning her maiden race and a first-level allowance in her last two appearances.

DeGannes is looking a Calder's $100,000 My Charmer, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Dec. 6, as a possible spot for Lady Sarah's stakes debut.

Astrotime, owned by Andrew Fredericks, and Divine Destiny, who races for Michael Scott, both are Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies whom DeGannes believes could be prominent next season.

After winning her debut at six furlongs and then finishing a close third in the Muskoka behind subsequent stakes winners Van Lear Rose and Retraceable, Astrotime was a distant last of 10 in the Grade 3 Mazarine at 1 1/16 miles.

"She needed throat surgery, and we turned her out," said DeGannes.

Divine Destiny dropped into the $50,000 claiming ranks to graduate at seven furlongs in her fourth career start but had turned in some decent efforts in straight maiden company prior to that.

"I always believed her best game is going long," said DeGannes.

Rahy's Attorney's return delayed

Rahy's Attorney, who finished ninth in the 18-horse field for last Sunday's Group 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto Race Course, be staying in Japan until next Tuesday with groom Aline Allain.

"It's just an inconvenience," said trainer Ian Black, who had expected that suitable travel arrangements would be available earlier. "He's getting the winter off, anyway."

Rahy's Attorney, owned by Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners, was beaten just 3 3/4 lengths in the Mile Championship under regular rider Slade Callaghan.

"I thought he ran a tough race," said Black. "He ran right to the wire. Another few jumps, and he had passed a couple of them.

"We had to be happy with his performance. And for us it was certainly an experience, culturally and everything else."

Rahy's Attorney will head to nearby Kinghaven Farm as one of the leading candidates for Sovereign Award consideration in the turf male and horse of the year categories.

His 2 wins in 8 starts this year came here in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup at 1 1/16 miles and in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, in which he defeated subsequent Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Ventura and Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Kip Deville.

Lunar Linda set for Ontario Lassie

Black intends to run Lunar Linda here in Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Lassie for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

Lunar Linda is coming off a second-place finish in the South Ocean, a race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the Ontario Lassie.

"I thought she ran a good race," said Black. "Rather than put her away, we may as well give her one more shot."

Lunar Linda, owned by Hat Trick Stable and The Double Eagle Stable, had won her maiden going a mile and 70 yards in her start before the South Ocean.

Heading the prospective field for the Ontario Lassie are Retraceable and Milwaukee Appeal, the one-two finishers in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Tell It As It Is going for dirt win

Tell It As It Is, based here with trainer Jim Smith for owner Richard Lister, is one of 12 fillies and mares entered in Thursday's Grade 2, $150,000 Falls City Handicap at 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs.

Emma-Jayne Wilson has the mount on Tell It As It Is, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old who has won stakes on turf and Polytrack here this year and will be looking for the tri-surface triple on the dirt in Louisville.