07/20/2006 11:00PM

Flaming Heart liable to improve off her last

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The 5-year-old Flaming Heart will go for her second straight stakes win in Sunday's Ontario Matron.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Flaming Heart won the Hill 'n' Dale Stakes in her first local start on June 17, and she will be looking for an encore when she faces five rivals in Sunday's $125,000 Ontario Matron at Woodbine.

The Ontario Matron, for fillies and mares, goes at the same 1 1/16 mile distance as the Hill 'n' Dale.

Flaming Heart, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Brian Lynch, was making her first start in almost 12 weeks in the Hill 'n' Dale and prevailed by a half-length with Todd Kabel in the irons for the first time."

"That was a game effort," said Lynch. "I think she'd be better having that race under her belt. She figures to improve again."

Flaming Heart, a 5-year-old who has won 5 of 12 starts with 6 seconds, has recorded just two rather leisurely breezes since the Hill 'n' Dale.

"She doesn't need a lot of work," said Lynch. "I'm really happy with how she is. My only concern is how she'll handle the bullring."

Flaming Heart, like the others in the Ontario Matron field, will be racing for the first time on the seven-furlong inner track, which is playing host to Thoroughbred racing here while Polytrack is installed in place of the former main track.

Financingavailable, who set a track record with seven furlongs in 1:20.49 over Woodbine's main track on July 2 in her last start, has been supplemented to the Ontario Matron at a cost of $2,500, which includes the regular $1,250 entry fee.

Lorne Richards, who trains Financingavailable for K.K. Sangara, had been pointing the 5-year-old Financingavailable toward the $125,000 Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares here Aug. 20.

Financingavailable was not nominated to the Ontario Matron because Richards planned to use the July 28 allowance prep for the Victoriana as a stepping-stone to the stakes.

"I started getting a little worried about the prep filling, and then I would have been looking at being off seven weeks, running long, in the Victoriana," said Richards.

The fact that Financingavailable will be making her first start around two turns does not overly concern her trainer.

"You never know for sure," said Richards. "But she's one of those ones, you just point her and she runs until you tell her to stop. If anything, she's a little more on her game than she was last time."

Regular rider Jim McAleney has the call on Financingavailable.

Ballroom Deputy, Coastal Fortress, Miss Concerto, and Silver Impulse round out the Ontario Matron lineup and all are stakes winners.

Ballroom Deputy, trained by Josie Carroll, won the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf here last November and is coming off a third-place finish in the Hill 'n' Dale.

Coastal Fortress, also trained by Carroll, captured the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette here last September.