09/10/2009 12:00AM

Double Malt goes for 3 in a row


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The rejuvenated Double Malt will go back to the turf Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile test for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies that sets up well for her.

During the spring, Double Malt was on the road toward the prestigious Woodbine Oaks, and finished a distant trailer in that race. She subsequently checked in fifth in the second leg of the Canadian triple tiara, the Bison City Stakes.

Double Malt ducked into Ontario-sired stakes company for her first turf start July 22 in the Passing Mood. A contested pace materialized in that seven-furlong sprint, and she closed strongly for a half-length tally.

Most recently, Double Malt defeated just three rivals after coming from off a slow pace in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search Stakes on the Polytrack.

Trainer Malcolm Pierce believes it was the company that she kept in her last two starts that enabled her to turn her form around.

"I don't think the turf moved her up, even though she won the Passing Mood," Pierce said. "I don't think she's especially a turf horse. She's just good against these Ontario-sired fillies. We were chasing the Oaks and were discouraging her. She's got her confidence up now. Hopefully, it will stay up for at least one more race."

Eurico Da Silva will ride Double Malt, who has a ton of speed to chase Saturday.

Lunar Linda finished a clear second in the Eternal Search, ending just less than five lengths behind Double Malt while earning her second straight 69 Beyer Speed Figure.

Lunar Linda's lone turf start was a closing second in a one-mile allowance for Ontario-sired stock in June, an effort that pleased trainer Ian Black.

"It looked like she finished better, which they tend to do on the turf," Black said. "If [Double Malt] hadn't won on the turf, I would feel better, but she's already won on it."

Black said Lunar Linda has trained encouragingly heading into the La Prevoyante.

"She might even be training a little better than she was going into the last one," Black said. "She just seems a little sharper."

Venganza got a dream run along the inside from a stalking position to land a recent Ontario-sired allowance on the grass with a respectable 75 Beyer.

Executive Deed, Koonunga Hill, and Bold Storm have all done their optimum running on the front end this year.