11/02/2001 12:00AM

Cool weather turns Belle beautiful


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A resurgent Beautiful Belle looks to be the "now" horse in Sunday's $143,370 Jammed Lovely Stakes, a seven-furlong dash for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Heliotrope and Nymphenburg head the supporting feature on the card, the $106,000 River Memories Stakes. Nymphenburg was also entered in Saturday's Maple Leaf Stakes by trainer Jerry Meyer, who said he wouldn't make a decision on where to run her until Saturday.

Beautiful Belle showed some promise last fall, when she won two consecutive races and was third in the Ontario Lassie Stakes. But she failed to find the mark in her first six outings this year, and trainer Abraham Katryan nearly shelved her after she finished 11th in a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer Aug. 23.

Beautiful Belle suddenly got back on track Sept. 13, when she met straight 3-year-olds in a $62,500 claimer. She pressed a slow pace in the seven-furlong event, and won by daylight while getting an 87 Beyer Figure.

Beautiful Belle ran the race of her life most recently in another seven-furlong dash for $62,500 stock. She led all the way to score by 7 1/2 lengths, earning a terrific 96 Beyer in the process.

Katryan believes the cooler weather has helped turn Beautiful Belle around.

"She has a breathing problem," Katryan said. "I think the cooler weather helps her quite a bit. She seems to be more relaxed at this time of year. Her last two races were super, and if she can run back to either of them, I think she'll be tough. She's been training even better than she did before her last race."

The other Jammed Lovely runners are Niki Nikininedoors, Classical Romance, and Noble Strike.

Poetically, last year's champion

2-year-old filly in Canada, is surprisingly winless in six starts this season while running hot and cold for trainer Roger Attfield.

Poetically's two best efforts this year were around two turns. She finished second in the Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie, and was fourth in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks. She was a nonthreatening fourth in her turf debut in the Aug. 26 Ontario Colleen Handicap, after which she was freshened until her lackluster sixth-place finish in the Oct. 14 La Lorgnette Stakes.

Attfield felt that Poetically wasn't comfortable running over a sloppy track in the La Lorgnette.

"I don't think she really enjoyed the going in her last race," Attfield said. "We haven't been on target with her so far this year, but she's in good shape, and I expect her to run well this weekend."