06/14/2009 11:00PM

De Gannes finds another juvenile gem

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Michael Burns
Authenicat, under Robert Landry, wins her fourth stakes in the Ballade.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last year, trainer Greg De Gannes enjoyed his most significant successes here at Woodbine with the Florida-bred 2-year-olds Southern Exchange and C Karma.

While Southern Exchange and C Karma are no longer in his barn, De Gannes unveiled another highly promising Florida-bred 2-year-old here Sunday in the $152,150 Victoria.

Olredlgetcha, under jockey Emile Ramsammy, was a rallying three-length winner when making his first career start in the five-furlong Victoria, in which the field of seven included three shippers and five last-out winners.

"He was very professional," said De Gannes. "And, by no means is five furlongs the end of his game."

Olredlgetcha is one of three homebred 2-year-olds whom De Gannes conditions for R Own Stables, the nom du course of Sal and Colleen Simeone.

The Simeones are no strangers to Ontario racing. As Seasoft Stable, they had horses here several years ago with Mark Casse, the most prominent being 2006 Woodbine Oaks winner and Canadian 3-year-old champion filly Kimchi.

De Gannes received the Simeone runners this year after being contacted by an old friend, Florida farm manager Tom Dryer. The horses already had been broken and trained by Art Fisher.

"They came up here ready to go," said De Gannes. "It was just a case of me not getting in the way, and messing things up."

De Gannes, of course, did no such thing as he sent out Olredlgetcha to record a string of solid drills which had the colt ready to roll in the Victoria.

"I love him; he's very, very athletic," said De Gannes. "He's always handled everything very well."

De Gannes cited the $150,000 Colin, a six-race here July 18, as the next target for Olredlgetcha.

Southern Exchange, who had the benefit of a maiden debut win, had gone on to win both the Victoria and Colin last year. He now is at Aqueduct with trainer Tony Dutrow.

Ocala Prospect, a colt slated to debut in the near future, and Pica Slew, a filly who also should see action soon, are the other Simeone runners here with De Gannes.

De Gannes also is looking forward to good things from Southern Pride, a Canadian-bred 2-year-old colt owned by Southern Exchange's owners, Bill and Vicki Poston.

Debuting in an open maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs, Southern Pride was wide throughout and closed gamely to finish an encouraging second in his debut here June 11.

Saskawea flourishes in turf sprint

It's hard to categorize a four-time stakes winner of $706,761 as a hard-luck horse.

But Saskawea, winner of Sunday's $100,800 Zadracarta for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares at six furlongs on turf, has had more than her share of troubles during a 19-race career that included a campaign limited to five appearances last season.

"The nicest thing is things sometimes do go according to plan," said Steve Attard, who trains Saskawea for her owner and breeder, Les Pereira.

Saskawea, a 5-year-old, had started once this year heading into the Zadracarta, having finished eighth but beaten 6 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 Hendrie at 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack.

That race set up Saskawea for the Zadracarta, in which she set the pace and battled back after being headed in midstretch to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths under regular rider Jono Jones.

"Everybody was thinking six furlongs might be too short for her, but in the paddock Jono was saying 'There's no speed in the race,' " said Attard. "I was concerned when that other horse came up inside her, but I think it was more that Jono was giving her a little breather."

All remaining well, Saskawea will make her next start in the $100,000 Repercussion, a 6 1/2-furlong overnight turf stakes here July 8 that is a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Royal North at six furlongs on grass Aug. 1.

"I want to try to keep her races easier for her if we can, keep her away from the big bears," said Attard. "I think she'll run on anything, but I think she's better on turf and I definitely think she's better sprinting."

Pereira does not necessarily concur, pointing to the fact that Saskawea finished second in both the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and the Wonder Where at 1 1/4 miles on turf as a 3-year-old.

"I think she's versatile enough to run anywhere," said Pereira.

Authenicat has learned to relax

Authenicat, coming off a good third-place finish in the Hendrie, made short work of her Ontario-sired filly and mare rivals with a 1 1/2-length victory in last Saturday's $127,000 Ballade at six furlongs.

"I think she's just a good filly," said trainer Josie Carroll. "She just shows up and tries, whenever you lead her over there."

Authenicat, 4 years old, was recording her fourth career stakes victory, all coming in restricted company with the last three under jockey Robert Landry.

"I think Rob rides her well; she's learned to relax more, when she needs to," said Carroll. "I think that's made a big difference in her longevity."

While Carroll is unsure of her next move with Authenicat she does plan to field both Smart Surprise and Serenading for Saturday's $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Smart Surprise will be stretching out off a neck score in the Hendrie but won the Chou Croute at 1 1/16 miles on the slop at Fair Grounds in February.

"She's fine going two turns," said Carroll. "She does what you ask her to do."

Serenading is coming off a troubled sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Arlington Matron at 1 1/8 miles on May 23, the race which included the horrific accident involving Rene Douglas.

"She stumbled pretty badly leaving the gate, and that put her on the muscle," said Carroll. "She ran up earlier; that's not her usual style. She had to avoid the spill, and she emptied out late.

"She was very jarred up; it took about a week to get her back. We had to do a little chiropractic."