07/23/2006 11:00PM

Like her namesake, 'Jenny' is explosive


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kick'em Jenny will try to keep her unbeaten record intact Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Passing Mood Stakes, a seven-furlong turf sprint for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Kick'em Jenny, a $25,000 yearling purchase by owner Ralph Johnson, is a half-sister to last year's Queen's Plate winner, Wild Desert. According to trainer Greg de Gannes, she is named after an undersea volcano north of the island of Grenada in the West Indies.

Kick'em Jenny closed to win her June 1 debut at five furlongs by a nose. She is coming off a half-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong Ontario-sired allowance under jockey Jono Jones.

"In her second race, Jono moved her a little earlier than we'd planned," de Gannes said. "We had hoped to track the speed, but it was either go around [the leaders] or go up the rail, which he did. Fortunately, she persevered. It was a good effort."

De Gannes said he was content with Kick'em Jenny's five-furlong workout in 1:01.20 over the training track July 16.

"It was supposed to be a nice, easy work, by herself," de Gannes said, "but when she broke off at the five-eighths pole, there was another set about five lengths in front of her. She joined them at the quarter pole, went past them, and finished quite strongly. She couldn't be doing any better."

De Gannes said Kick'em Jenny reminds him of last year's Passing Mood winner, Top Ten List, who is also a daughter of Bold Executive.

"She's not a typical Bold Executive," de Gannes said. "She's kind of long and rangy. I'm hoping she reproduces Top Ten List's form on the grass. Wild Desert won on the turf, and all indications are that she should handle it."

Archeress should be well-backed in the 11-horse field. She exits a third-place finish in an Ontario-sired grass allowance, in which she wore no hind shoes. Trainer Mike DePaulo said she came over to the paddock with toe grabs on her back shoes, which aren't allowed on the turf course.

"I had a choice between running her or scratching her, so we took the shoes off," DePaulo said.

Jockey Slade Callaghan told DePaulo that as soon as he asked Archeress to run, "she was slipping all over the place. She came out of it like she didn't run," DePaulo said.

Perigee Girl will likely lead the way off her fading fourth-place finish in the 6 1/2-furlong Alywow Stakes. Arravale, the Alywow winner, returned to finish third in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood.