12/02/2008 12:00AM

Casse's pair figure tough in allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse will run two 2-year-old fillies Thursday at Woodbine in the sixth race, a first-level allowance. Helena Bay is proven going long, but the probable favorite, Deeveetee, is stretching out for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile event.

Helena Bay never challenged when she debuted in August, but she wasn't badly beaten when sixth in another grass sprint in September. She put it all together in a mile-and-70-yard maiden special Oct. 17 on the Polytrack, leading most of the way to win with a mediocre 62 Beyer Speed Figure.

Corey Fraser, who has won with 8 of 71 mounts for Casse at the meeting, will ride Helena Bay, a Johannesburg filly who was bred in Great Britain.

Deeveetee graduated third time out in a seven-furlong maiden special Sept. 20, while registering a 75 Beyer. She trailed a small field after dueling on the front end in the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes in October and then dropped a nose decision in a Nov. 21 allowance.

Deeveetee, a daughter of Jerome Handicap winner Doneraile Court, is out of a stakes-placed sprinter and might be hard-pressed to stay 1 1/16 miles.

Patrick Husbands, currently in a battle for leading rider at the meeting with Jim McAleney, retains the mount on Deeveetee.

McAleney will ride Ring Bling, who was beaten by double digits in each of her first two outings. She trounced $25,000 maidens while dropping last Sunday for trainer Dave Cotey, who is 2 for 8 with runners returning within a week during the past five years.

Bear's Lightning looks like a serious contender. She wound up second in her debut behind World Gone Wrong, who subsequently nosed out Deeveetee in an allowance victory.

Most recently, Bear's Lightning was a handy winner of a 1 1/16-mile maiden special while beating Embla and favored Flashy Got Even, who was coming off a third-place finish in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

Dancing Charm has the most two-turn experience in the 10-horse field. She trounced $40,000 maidens when going long in her eighth start Nov. 2 and was a well-beaten fifth 10 days later, in the restricted South Ocean Stakes.

Harmonious Union, who has never run beyond seven furlongs, is stepping up off the $50,000 claim. The daughter of Arkansas Derby winner Graeme Hall is the first foal from a route winner.