Updated on 09/16/2011 9:25AM

Improving 'Sweet Storm' has a shot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sweet Storm Creek, who suffered a heartbreaking loss last time out in a division of the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes, should be well backed in Friday's $63,500 Woodbine feature for 2-year-old fillies.

A field of six was drawn for the seven-furlong turf allowance, not including main-track-only entrant Sweet Sweep.

Sweet Storm Creek was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Sid Attard, on behalf of owner Janice Attard, from her debut in June. She was beaten 11 lengths on the dirt that day, and was equally inept in another main-track outing on July 6.

Sweet Storm Creek subsequently worked well over the turf training course, which swayed Attard to run her in an Aug. 10 maiden special weight dash on the grass. She came from just off the pace to win that race with ease at nearly 62-1, running seven furlongs in 1:23.20.

Sweet Storm Creek stalked a rapid pace before making the lead in midstretch in the one-mile Natalma on Sept. 7. Fortuitous, the favored Saratoga shipper, commenced a furious run down the center of the course at the head of the stretch, and overtook Sweet Storm Creek in the final strides to win by a length.

Regular rider Simon Husbands has the call on Sweet Storm Creek.

Rounding out the field are Fancy Drinks, Hazor, Teewee's Hope, Smart Angel, and Western Cee. All are trying the grass for the first time.

Smart Angel finished second in a key maiden race when she debuted on Sept. 7, and then graduated in a romp three weeks ago for trainer Roger Attfield. She is a daughter of Smart Strike, the sire of 2002 Breeders' Stakes winner Portcullis. Her dam placed in a Grade 3 stakes on the grass, a surface over which she earned $224,861.

Fancy Drinks, trained by John Coryat, is also bred for the grass. A daughter of Whiskey Wisdom, Fancy Drinks is the first foal of Fanciful, who won two of her four grass starts. Fanciful is a full sister to a pair of turf winners, including stakes winner Written Approval.

Fancy Drinks got away slowly last time in the restricted Victorian Queen Stakes, and never fired, running wide over a speed-conducive track. She was previously third behind Brusque in allowance company, and will compete with Lasix for the second time on Friday.

Teewee's Hope doesn't have much turf breeding, but her main-track form has been adequate. Trained by John MacKenzie, she defeated

Fancy Drinks when a well-beaten second in the allowance.

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