11/07/2008 1:00AM

Ginger Brew makes Sovereign bid


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sunday's Jammed Lovely Stakes will have significance beyond the immediate for Ginger Brew.

The $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, will be the third start in Canada this year for Ginger Brew, which just happens to be the minimum required for consideration in Sovereign Award voting.

Ginger Brew, owned and bred by Stronach Stable and trained by Brian Lynch, is a leading contender for her divisional championship based on her wins in the Calder Oaks and Woodbine Oaks and her second-place finish in the Queen's Plate.

Ginger Brew went to the farm following her courageous effort in the 1o1/4-mile Queen's Plate on June 22, which came just two weeks after her romp here in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

"I really thought the Plate was such a tough race," Lynch said. "After seeing her come back and run like that, I didn't want to get too creative with her. I opted to give her time and look for a winter campaign."

Despite the layoff and the fact that Ginger Brew will be cutting back to seven furlongs, Lynch is expecting good things in the Jammed Lovely.

"It's been clear sailing getting her ready; there hasn't been a hiccup," Lynch said. "She's put on an enormous amount of weight and looks in tip-top condition.

"Fresh, she should have no problems with seven furlongs."

Patrick Husbands will be aboard Ginger Brew for the first time as she begins from post 3.

Authenicat, who last saw action when finishing second in the La Prevoyante at one mile on yielding turf here Sept. 13, is a multiple stakes winner who should appreciate Sunday's switch in distance and surface.

"She was really fatigued after her grass race," trainer Josie Carroll said. "She wasn't that comfortable on it. It took her a while to bounce back."

Authenicat tuned up for the Jammed Lovely with a five-furlong breeze in a bullet 58 seconds here Monday.

"She went faster than we'd anticipated, but when she's right and doing really well she covers a lot of ground," Carroll said.

Robert Landry retains the mount on Authenicat, who is co-highweighted at 123 pounds along with Ginger Brew.

"Ginger Brew is a pretty serious filly, but Authenicat has proved herself to be pretty serious, too," Carroll said. "It's a tough race, but she's coming into it extremely well.

"I think seven furlongs is a really good distance for her."

Authenicat won the seven-furlong Passing Mood, an off-the-turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, here July 23.

Rounding out the field for the Jammed Lovely will be Hello Maggie May, Nicki Knew, and Lady d'Wildcat.

Hello Maggie May, an improving filly trained by Roger Attfield, notched her first stakes win last time out in the 6 1/2-furlong Ruling Angel here Oct. 22. Hello Maggie May earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 87 there and is dangerous despite this tougher company.

Nicki Knew, a steady sort, has 2 wins from 3 starts at seven furlongs, finishing second in the Lady Angela in her most recent trip over the distance May 24. Trained by Kevin Attard, Nicki Knew went on to win the 1 1/16-mile Bison City and has placed in two-turn stakes in her three most recent appearances. She will race with blinkers for the first time Sunday.

Smart Surprise drills for stakes debut

Smart Surprise, a 4-year-old trained by Carroll, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.20 here Friday and is scheduled to make her stakes debut in the $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 23.

David Clark, who piloted Smart Surprise to an impressive last-out win in a first-level allowance at 1o1/16 miles here Oct. 25, was aboard for the drill.

Smart Surprise, who is by Smart Strike out of the Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm, was purchased privately by John Sikura and came north to Carroll this summer.

"Her pedigree says she should be the real deal," Carroll said. "She seems to be blooming now."

Springside impresses in allowance

Carroll also is pleased with the emergence of Springside, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old filly who was a 10-length winner of a first-level allowance here Thursday afternoon.

Springside, a $335,000 yearling purchase who is owned by Jim and Alice Sapara, had shown little in her first two outings but then came to life to win her maiden going seven furlongs at 35-1.

On Thursday, Springside was stretching out to 1 1/16 miles and earned a career-high 81 Beyer under regular rider Clark.

"She seems like she's going to be a very nice filly," Carroll said. "We'll see how she comes out of this race and go from there."

Malakoff euthanized after workout

Lynch had some very distressing news to report as Malakoff, a 5-year-old horse owned by Stronach Stable, had to be euthanized after breaking down during a workout here Friday.

"He shattered a sesamoid," Lynch said. "Ironically, it wasn't the one that he originally injured."

Malakoff had suffered the first injury when finishing first, only to be disqualified and placed fifth, in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales on Julyo16, 2006.

The horse did not return to the races until this June 21, and won his second start back in an optional $62,500 claiming race here Aug. 24.

Malakoff had registered his lone stakes win in the Grade 3 Marine here in spring 2006, and followed up with a third-place finish in the Queen's Plate.

"Not that I want to see any of them get hurt, but he was a sentimental favorite of mine," Lynch said. "It's a bad day."

Sutherland returns to Woodbine

Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who moved her tack to Santa Anita early last month, will be making a second return visit to Woodbine on Sunday.

Sutherland, who won with one of her eight mounts on the Oct. 11 card, is named on five horses Sunday, including Ice Bear in the co-featured Autumn.

Her visit home will serve another purpose as Sutherland will be testifying at two Ontario Racing Commission appeal hearings Monday.

Commission approves Woodbine dates

The Ontario Racing Commission has approved Woodbine's 2009 request for 167 racing dates, the same number as this season. The meeting will begin April 4 and conclude Dec. 6.

Racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with Wednesdays added in May and Thursdays in June. There also will be racing on four holiday Mondays, with the preceding Thursdays being dark days.