03/30/2012 4:02PM

Gulfstream: Miss Montreal promising, but still a question mark


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Miss Montreal began her career on a good note, finishing second in her debut before switching to turf and stretching out around two turns to break her maiden impressively earlier this winter. But even her trainer, David Braddy, admits he’s still not certain what to expect when bringing Miss Montreal back against winners in Sunday’s $62,750 allowance headliner at Gulfstream Park carded at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Miss Montreal, a daughter of Orientate, made her first start here on Feb. 9 going five furlongs in a race switched from the grass to a sloppy main track and finished second following an unlucky start. She finally got on the turf 17 days later, leading throughout to defeat maiden special weight competition going 7 1/2 furlongs. The 75 Beyer Speed Figure she earned for her maiden win is tops on grass for any member of Sunday’s well-matched field of eight 3-year-old fillies.

“The first time she ran I was just looking for a short race, which is why she was entered on the turf,” said Braddy, who trains Miss Montreal for owner Michael Sucher. “It wound up coming off, but she ran okay, and the next time I really wanted to get her on the grass. I think she surprised me a little with her speed in that race, being on the pace, although she was coming out of a sprint. I don’t believe she needs to be on the lead Sunday, but she should be close. To be truthful I still don’t know a lot about her. You can look good winning a maiden race, but when you bring them back against winners, it’s a whole new ball game. We’ll know a lot more after this race.”

Trainer Chad Brown will send out a pair of recent maiden claiming winners, Miss Amelia, and Street Savy, against Miss Montreal.

Miss Amelia finished full of run from the rear of the pack at the top of the stretch to post a neck victory going a mile under a $75,000 claiming tag in just her third career start and second on grass. Street Savy has been idle since rallying from mid-pack to defeat a similarly priced field of maidens on the turf on Jan. 8.

Ciguaraya is multiple stakes-placed but has yet to run on grass. The Calder-based filly shipped up to Tampa to finish third in the seven-furlong Gasparilla and second, beaten just a half-length after taking the lead in early stretch, when she stretched out around two turns for the first time in the Suncoast. Ciguaraya is a half-sister to two grass winners including the multiple-stakes placed Try to Remember.

Indyniable, who has not started since finishing far back in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct, makes her 3-year-old debut for trainer Christophe Clement on Sunday. Indyniable will also be making her turf debut.

Glamour N Glory and Jazz are the only multiple winners in the field, both having already won a pair of races on turf.