09/23/2004 11:00PM

Flashy Anna keeps eye on rival


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - You might think Flashy Anna had seen enough of Blonde Executive, whom she'll face again here in Sunday's La Prevoyante Stakes at one mile on turf.

Trained by Deborah England, Flashy Anna chased Blonde Executive home in the Passing Mood Stakes here July 28, finishing second by 2 1/4 lengths. Both Flashy Anna and Blonde Executive are housed in Barn 4 on the Woodbine backstretch. In fact, they were next-door neighbors for some time, and even now are separated by just one stall.

A homebred daughter of Bold N' Flashy, Flashy Anna is blind in her left eye, which obviously has presented a challenge for England.

"She had an infection," said England. "Before we broke her, she lost the sight in it, and we had it removed."

England also trained Bold N' Flashy, the top-notch sprinter whom she accompanied to races in France, England, and Brazil, plus a host of racetracks in the United States. She is naturally predisposed to his offspring.

"I always liked her," England said of Flashy Anna. "I thought she was a nice filly. But because she had only one eye, it was a little tougher to get her to the races, to get her confidence. You have to spend a bit more time with them. They have to kind of rely on you a little more to keep them safe."

Flashy Anna finished seventh when she made her debut in an Ontario-sired maiden special here last October, then ran third for $20,000 and second for $22,000.

"I didn't really know how she'd handle things back then," said England. "But she's matured a lot. She's grown up a lot since last year. She's a big, good-looking filly."

With her claiming days behind her, Flashy Anna put together back-to-back wins here this summer before finishing 11th in her turf debut.

Flashy Anna has since run three solid races, including her second-place finish in the Passing Mood at seven furlongs on yielding turf and a last-out score in a third-level allowance for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward at seven furlongs on the main track. She joined the Lasix program after bleeding slightly in the Passing Mood.

But, according to England, the racing game will never be easy for Flashy Anna.

"It's definitely difficult when she has to make a run on the outside; she can't see anybody inside her," said England. "But she's learned to deal with it really well."

Although England acknowledges that Blonde Executive will be tough to beat, she can see Flashy Anna turning the tables in the La Prevoyante.

"She's been getting better," said England, who said apprentice rider Jill Scharfstein was essential to Flashy Anna's progress. "She's got a lot more confidence now; she's a lot more sure of herself than she was before. And I think the mile's definitely in her favor."

Sovereign Award deadlines set

This year's cutoff date for Sovereign Award consideration will be Nov. 28, two weeks before the end of the meeting on Dec. 12, The Jockey Club of Canada announced Friday.

To be eligible, horses must have made at least three starts in Canada this year as of Nov. 28. The minimum for jockeys, trainers, and breeders is 10 starts.

Ballots will be dispatched to a national panel of voters on Nov. 30 and must be returned by 5 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 6.

The 30th annual Sovereign Awards gala will be held Dec. 17 at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel near Woodbine.

The Jockey Club of Canada also announced that the deadline for submissions to the four Sovereign Award media categories is 5 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Bridget Bimm at The Jockey Club of Canada. Telephone: (416) 675-7756. Fax: (416) 675-6378. E-mail: jockeyclub@bellnet.ca.

But only one counts

Libertywithjustice is entered in Sunday's fifth race, a first-level allowance, showing two maiden wins in her past performances. The reason for this is because Libertywithjustice was originally disqualified from a June 11 maiden win by the Ontario Racing Commission because her owners had not been properly licensed. Libertywithjustice went on to win a second maiden race on Sept. 11, but on Friday the original victory was restored following an appeal by the owners, Patricia Sutherland and Lawrence Goichman. As a result, she remains eligible for Sunday's race.

Reputed Deeds, the filly Libertywithjustice beat on June 11, returns to the maiden ranks in Sunday's seventh race after having run with winners in her last five starts.