10/30/2008 12:00AM

High Mist giving second turn a shot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The unbeaten 2-year-old filly High Mist will test her skills around two turns Saturday at Woodbine in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

High Mist used her substantial speed to capture her first two outings. She won her debut by nearly six lengths and an allowance by three lengths over Georgia Song.

Last time out, in the Fanfreluche Stakes, High Mist stalked the leaders along the inside under Emma Wilson, who then angled her into the three path coming out of the turn. She hit the front inside the eighth pole and drew clear to win comfortably, earning her second consecutive Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

Trainer Reade Baker enjoyed seeing High Mist's speed harnessed in the six-furlong Fanfreluche.

"We don't want to keep putting her on the lead, and [Wilson] managed to get her a little off the pace," said Baker. "I was very happy to see her rate easily behind those horses. She was going to beat them going any distance."

Baker is confident that 1 1/16 miles is within the range of High Mist, who is a daughter of Grade 3 stakes winner Olmodavor.

"Her sire was a mile-and-an-eighth to a mile-and-a-quarter horse," Baker said. "Physically, she doesn't look like a sprinter. She's on the slender side. She doesn't have the thick hindquarters and shoulders of a sprinter. She's longer and more elegant."

The Princess Elizabeth comes just two weeks after Fanfreluche, and Baker would prefer more time between starts.

"I don't like coming back this quick, but it's for a quarter of a million," he said.

Retraceable should be a serious player in her second trip around two turns. She chased the talented Van Lear Rose home in each of her last two races, finishing second in the Muskoka Stakes and fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine Stakes.

Trainer Mark Casse said he was disappointed with Retraceable's effort in the Grade 3 Mazarine, until he found out that she lost a shoe in the race.

"She pulled off her left front shoe," Casse said. "She came back a little bit off on it, and it took her a few days to get over that, but she's good now. Her last breeze was good, and now she has a race around two turns."

There are four maidens in the seven-horse field of Canadian-breds, including first-timer Sanguine. Like High Mist, she was supplemented at a cost of $7,500.