10/02/2009 11:00PM

Fatal Bullet all set for Phoenix


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fatal Bullet, last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva at Woodbine Saturday morning in preparation for Friday's Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland.

"It was exactly what we wanted," said Reade Baker, who conditions Fatal Bullet for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion. "He had his fast work last week."

Fatal Bullet, a Kentuck-bred 4-year-old, is slated to leave Monday for Keeneland. If all goes well in the Phoenix, a six-furlong Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race, Fatal Bullet then will proceed to Santa Anita to take another shot at the Sprint.

Sterwins and Ginger Brew also breezed here Saturday with an eye toward Win and You're In stakes on the first weekend of the Keeneland meeting.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, Sterwins went five furlongs in 1:00.00 for trainer Malcolm Pierce. His target is next Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile.

Ginger Brew drilled six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer Brian Lynch in her major move for next Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares. Canada's champion 3-year-old filly last year, Ginger Brew won the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone here in her last start.