09/28/2008 11:00PM

Cawaja Beach aims to stay unbeaten


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cawaja Beach will put her unbeaten record on the line Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Cawaja Beach came from just off the pace to win each of her three starts, all under jockey Daniel David.

Cawaja Beach's last two scores came in restricted stakes and earned Beyer Speed Figures in the low 70s. She raced five wide en route to a convincing tally in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well, then won the six-furlong Nandi over Koonunga Hill.

Cawaja Beach has been conspicuous by her absence since the Aug. 3 Nandi.

"I decided to give her a bit of a break," said trainer Scott Fairlie. "There's some key races for her in the fall. She's been working on a steady basis and doing well. I think she's going to run very well."

Fairlie is also eyeing the Princess Elizabeth and South Ocean stakes for Cawaja Beach. Both races are at 1o1/16 miles in November.

"She sure gives me the impression that she wants to run on," said Fairlie.

Koonunga Hill won her first stakes over seven furlongs on firm turf in the Aug. 24 Ice Water. She was a prominent third going a mile on yielding ground most recently in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes, finishing only a length behind victorious C Karma.

Sans Sousi finished second in the July 13 Shady Well before being demoted to fourth by disqualification, and was fourth in the Nandi.

Trainer Mike Doyle said Sans Sousi had excuses when third as the favorite last time out in a six-furlong allowance.

"She flipped her palate and did a few little things," Doyle recalled. "We helped her a bit, gave her some time off, and I aimed her for this race."

Doyle is content with the way Sans Sousi has been training.

"She worked fantastic the other day when Jono Jones breezed her," said Doyle. "She's nice and sound and happy. I'd be surprised if she didn't run well."

Stranger Things is in with a shot. She was second to Dash It Dreamer in her debut, and then won her maiden by seven lengths with a 78 Beyer in her first start for trainer Lorne Richards Aug. 29.

Dash It Dreamer has been idle since she won her maiden with a 75 Beyer July 26.