07/31/2008 11:00PM

Cawaja Beach puts record on line


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cawaja Beach will try to keep her unbeaten record intact Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Nandi Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Cawaja Beach came from just off the pace to win her debut in a good clocking for 4 1/2 furlongs June 14. Last time out in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well Stakes, she made a sweeping wide move on the turn en route to a comfortable victory, and was awarded a 73 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Scott Fairlie said Cawaja Beach ran wider than she needed to in the Shady Well because of a problem with her bridle.

"She was shying away from a loose strap on her bridle," Fairlie explained. "It was smacking against her face. It was a pretty impressive race."

Daniel David retains the mount on Cawaja Beach, a daughter of freshman sire Where's the Ring.

Cataleenda ran well on the front end in both of her races. She led until late stretch before ending up second in her opener, and then won her maiden over Ontario-sired opposition by a widening seven lengths.

"She ran a strong race last time," said trainer Norm McKnight. "I don't know that she beat that much."

McKnight said he has always thought highly of Cataleenda, a bargain $9,000 yearling purchase.

"I've been very impressed with her, right from the day we broke her," said McKnight. "She's a real professional filly. She's very laid back. She's always shown a little talent, and she's just progressed.

"I really believe she's a filly that's going to want to go farther. She has an enormous stride. She doesn't have to be in front. She'll rate very well. I think that's an advantage."

Sans Sousi rallied to finish second in the Shady Well, but the stewards disqualified her and placed her fourth for interfering with Koonunga Hill, a decision that trainer Mike Doyle has appealed.

"I was happy that she ran second," said Doyle. "Tyler Pizarro rode her really well. After looking at the films, he did drop over a bit, but it was on a bad area of the track, and he was never anywhere near [Koonunga Hill]. It was grandstanding."

Doyle is optimistic about Sans Sousi's chances over six furlongs.

"I think it will be way better for her," he said. "She's doing great."

Koonunga Hill graduated second time out over Ontario-sired stock, and was beaten 4 1/4 lengths in the Shady Well.