10/24/2006 12:00AM

Catch the Thrill pre-entered in BC

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Prior to the running of last Saturday's Princess Elizabeth here at Woodbine, trainer Mark Frostad certainly wasn't thinking in terms of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Catch the Thrill.

But after watching her score impressively in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth, and learning the next day that she had earned an eye-catching Beyer Speed Figure of 90, Frostad said he pre-entered Catch the Thrill in the Juvenile Fillies on Monday morning.

"We'll see what happens, see how she trains," Frostad said Tuesday. "We're certainly going to keep close tabs on the race."

Owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, Catch the Thrill was trying Polytrack for the first time in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth after making her first three starts on turf.

Catch the Thrill had been scheduled to make her main-track debut at Woodbine in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Mazarine on Sept. 30, but she was scratched.

"She'd had a terrible trip in the Natalma," said Frostad, noting that Catch the Thrill had stumbled badly and took several strides to regain her equilibrium in that Grade 3, one-mile turf race here Sept. 10.

"I needed a little bit more time to get her where I wanted her to be."

Catch the Thrill was in a zone of her own in the Princess Elizabeth as she was trailing the field of seven on the far turn, prior to unleashing a strong rally that carried her all the way to the lead at the top of the stretch.

Although she came in toward the rail in midstretch, Catch the Thrill held sway by 2 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:46.11.

"She made a hell of a move from the three-eighths to the quarter pole," said Frostad. "If she doesn't duck in at the eighth pole, she probably wins by I don't know how far."

Soaring Free, 7, might return

Frostad and Sam-Son's last Breeders' Cup entrants were Soaring Free, who finished fourth in the Mile at Lone Star in 2004, and Strut the Stage, seventh in the turf later that afternoon.

Soaring Free also raced in the 2003 Mile at Santa Anita, finishing fifth.

But Soaring Free, now a 7-year-old gelding, will be on the farm in Florida when they run this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

After racing once early this season, finishing sixth in the Shakertown at Keeneland on April 14, Soaring Free was in training at Woodbine but never made it to the races.

"We'll see how he trains this winter, whether he comes back," said Frostad.

Skip Code pre-entered in Juvenile

Skip Code, owned by Charles Laloggia and trained here by Mark Casse, has been pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, according to Casse, and is already on the grounds at Churchill Downs, where the BC will be run on Nov. 4.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Skip Away, Skip Code was a convincing winner of the Grade 3 Grey over 1o1/16 miles here Oct. 9.

The Grey was the third start around two turns for Skip Code, who had finished third at a mile and 70 yards before graduating over the same distance.

On Saturday, Skip Code worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 here under regular rider Patrick Husbands. The move was the fastest of 91 at the distance.

"You couldn't ask him to work any better," said Casse, who caught Skip Code galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

"He trained this [Tuesday] morning at Churchill; he went real well."

A.P. Reality injured and out

A.P. Reality, a promising 2-year-old filly trained by Reade Baker, is through racing for at least the season after being injured during a workout over the Polytrack surface here Monday morning.

"She fractured a pastern, while working a half-mile in preparation for the Glorious Song," said Baker on Tuesday morning. "She was operated on last night; they inserted three screws. She seems to be recovering well; the most dangerous part is over.

"It's not impossible that she could come back."

A.P. Reality, a Kentucky-bred owned by Centaur Farm, finished a close third in the Natalma and then was an unlucky second behind stablemate Coy Coyote in the Mazarine.

A Kentucky-bred owned by Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranches, Coy Coyote worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 under jockey Corey Fraser here Tuesday morning.

Coy Coyote is one of several Baker runners still pointing for the $125,000 Glorious Song, an open seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies here Nov. 19.

Vestrey Lady gets a rest

Vestrey Lady, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly, is getting a break at Harlequin South in Florida after finishing an excellent second in last Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Raven Run over seven furlongs at Keeneland.

"She ran a super race," said Baker. "She's got the heart of a lion."

Vestrey Lady won two open stakes here at Woodbine, taking the 7 1/2-furlong Duchess over the inner track and the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette on Polytrack, and has earned $309,900 this season.

"She'll join me at Palm Meadows and run at Gulfstream," said Baker, who has penciled in the $100,000, six-furlong First Lady on Jan. 20 as a possible spot for Vestrey Lady's return.

Vestrey Lady is one of the leading candidates for a Sovereign Award in the 3-year-old filly division and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Gold Strike, who was honored in that category last year for Baker and Bonnycastle.

Gold Strike, however, raced only twice this year, finishing second and fourth in stakes at Woodbine this spring, and has been retired.

"She's going to be bred next year," said Baker. "She wasn't going great all year and there was too much to risk."

Gold Strike, a Manitoba-bred by Smart Strike out of Brassy Gold, won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Selene and the Woodbine Oaks, here last year.

Gold Strike also ran third in the Queen's Plate and finished in the money in 8 of her 9 starts while earning $688,242.