06/01/2009 12:00AM

Final works as Oaks field takes shape


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tasty Temptation and Milwaukee Appeal, the second- and third-place finishers in the open La Lorgnette at 1 1/16 miles here May 17, head a probable field of 14 for Sunday's $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

The Woodbine Oaks, at 1 1/8 miles, is this country's premier test for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Politelyprecocious and First Circle, both trained by Mike Keogh, had their final Woodbine Oaks tune-ups over six furlongs here Monday.

Politelyprecocious, who finished seventh in the Selene, breezed in 1:14.20 on the training track while going in company with older stablemate Zarroc. Regular rider Constant Montpellier was aboard for the move.

First Circle, first and then second in her only two career starts, both at seven furlongs, breezed in 1:14.80 on the main track under jockey Jono Jones.

"She rated in behind company and got a little education," Keogh said.

A pair of Woodbine Oaks invaders worked at their home bases on Sunday, with Wynning Ride prepping six furlongs at Santa Anita and Miss Blakely going four furlongs at Monmouth Park.

Wynning Ride, trained by Bob Baffert, went in 1:11.60 to share the best clocking of the 19 prepping at the distance with Sunland Derby winner Kelly Leak.

"She was awesome," said Baffert, noting that Wynning Ride had worked in company. "She's really doing well. She's ready."

Miss Blakely, who is trained by Joe Orseno, went in 47.80 seconds four days after she was clocked breezing five furlongs in 1:04.20.

"I'd worked her slow a few days ago, let her stretch out the last part of a mile," Orseno said. "I wanted to come back with something to sharpen her up on Sunday; she went real easy.

"She was on the muscle doing it and pulled out fine. That was the final prep that we needed."

Wynning Ride, who finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet last December, and Miss Blakely, whose three wins have come on turf in Florida, both are scheduled to arrive at Woodbine on Thursday.

Double Malt, Gore Bay, High Mist, and Soul of Nataka all worked five furlongs on the main track here Sunday and Koonunga Hill drilled five furlongs on the training track in preparation for their Woodbine Oaks appearances.

Double Malt, fifth in the La Lorgnette, shared the bullet for 73 workers at the distance, breezing in 1:00 under jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva.

"She did it very well and galloped out strong," trainer Malcolm Pierce said. "She's right where we want her to be right now."

Gore Bay, a recent "B" maiden race winner who is stabled at nearby Chiefswood Farm, shipped in to breeze in 1:01.40 under jockey Chantal Sutherland.

"I didn't feel she needed too much of a work; she's in shape," trainer Eric Coatrieux said. "It was nice for her to work here. We were going to work her at the farm, but we had some rain up there."

High Mist breezed in 1:01.80 under jockey Jim McAleney.

"She just went an easy five-eighths," trainer Reade Baker said. "I thought her mile the other day was great."

High Mist, coming off a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Fury, had worked a mile in 1:38 on the training track here last Sunday.

Soul of Nataka, a maiden trained by Roger Attfield, was timed in 1:01.80 while going in company under jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

"She worked okay," said Attfield, who believed that the windy conditions had an impact on Sunday's workouts. "They were going fast early, but nothing was finishing strong."

Koonunga Hill, coming off a second-place finish in the restricted Lady Angela, went in a bullet 1:01 on the fast training track.

"Everything went well," said trainer Steve Owens, adding that Koonunga Hill had galloped out a mile under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson.