06/09/2008 12:00AM

Carroll pleased with fillies' two-three finish


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Maybe it wasn't as good as winning, but finishing second and third behind Ginger Brew in the Woodbine Oaks was a major accomplishment for trainer Josie Carroll.

Victory Romance, owned by Donver Stable, was sent off at 21-1 and earned $100,000 for her second-place finish under jockey Emile Ramsammy.

Authenicat, owned by Vinery Stable and Fog City Stable, was 32-1 and picked up $55,000 for ending third under rider Robert Landry.

"I thought both my fillies ran terrific races," said Carroll. "They just ran into an exceptional filly."

Victory Romance, an Alberta-bred, had displayed front-running tendencies through her juvenile campaign while racking up second-place stakes finishes in her last three stakes starts here.

In her second outing this season, which was her prep for the Woodbine Oaks, Victory Romance opened up a long lead in a 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares but weakened to end second to an older rival.

In the Woodbine Oaks, Victory Romance raced in midpack before finishing gamely after bumping with the winner in upper stretch.

"I thought Emile did a wonderful job of getting her to relax," said Carroll. "It certainly portends a great future for her."

Authenicat, who had stamped herself as a solid Woodbine Oaks prospect when finishing second in Churchill's one-mile Pocahontas in her final outing at 2, had her stock slip seriously after finishing sixth as the odds-on choice in the seven-furlong Lady Angela here May 24.

The Lady Angela was just the second start of the season for Authenicat and, to make matters even more tenuous, the filly came out of the race with an unhealthy dose of mucus in her lungs.

"She was quite sick, legitimately so," said Carroll, who had held off on proclaiming Authenicat a definite Woodbine Oaks starter even after the filly worked a solid six furlongs in 1:13.20 here May 31. "She got very little out of her last race. But she was jumping out of her skin by the end of this week. I was listening to her, and she told me she was back to herself and ready to go."

The Bison City, the 1 1/16-mile race here June 29 that is the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, could provide Victory Romance and Authenicat with a chance to turn the tables on Ginger Brew.

"I think they both should move forward off this race," said Carroll.