09/10/2009 11:00PM

Ghost Fleet gets back on Poly


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The 2008 Swynford Stakes was won by eventual Canadian champion 2-year-old Mine That Bird, who went on to capture the Kentucky Derby. The fact that the Swynford lost its graded status a few years ago is somewhat surprising, given that the winner of the seven-furlong sprint went on to become the champion 2-year-old in six of the last 11 years.

Ghost Fleet has the potential to be a champion, even though he came up empty in a recent turf experiment, and should be the prohibitive favorite in Sunday's renewal of the $150,000 Swynford.

Ghost Fleet came from an inside stalking position to win his 5 1/2-furlong debut July 19. Three weeks later, he was favored in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes and closed wide from midpack to win going away. His time of 1:09.64 translated into an 82 Beyer Speed Figure.

Ghost Fleet was the 3-5 choice in the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes on Aug. 28, but he never reached serious contention and wound up sixth. Trainer Sid Attard was at a loss to explain Ghost Fleet's lackluster performance on the grass that day.

"I don't know what happened," Attard said. "I still don't believe that he doesn't like the grass. He had worked so good on it. A week before the race, we breezed him and he had a little mucus. When we scoped him after the race, he was clean. He only got beat six lengths."

Attard said Ghost Fleet has trained encouragingly heading into the Swynford, including a three-furlong breeeze on Wednesday.

"[Ghost Fleet] doesn't even know that he ran," Attard said. "That's why we're running him right back. I don't want to wait."

The lone filly in the five-horse field is Jenny's So Great.

Jenny's So Great rallied from fifth with a lovely long stride when she graduated second time out. She prevailed by a nose after appearing to idle after making the lead in the stretch, and was awarded a 72 Beyer. The runner-up, Ernfold, scored going long in her next outing.

Emile Ramsammy will ride Jenny's So Great for trainer Greg de Gannes.

Turf Melody, who was based at Saratoga with trainer Graham Motion, won his second start convincingly in a seven-furlong maiden special at Colonial. He's coming off a third-place finish in the seven-furlong Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington.