04/04/2002 12:00AM

Jealous Forum back in Star Shoot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jealous Forum will begin her 2002 campaign against hot Kentucky shipper Miss City Halo and five other 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's Star Shoot Stakes, a six-furlong dash worth $136,250.

Jealous Forum, a nicely bred daughter of Open Forum, was among the top 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine in 2001. She was an easy winner of her first two starts, including My Dear Stakes, and was a close second in both the Grade 1 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes and the Ontario Debutante.

Jealous Forum finished eighth after saving ground over an outside-biased track in her final 2-year-old outing, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont. Her trainer, Mark Casse, was somewhat disappointed with her performance that day.

"I thought she'd give a little better account of herself," Casse said, "but she was running against the best 2-year-old fillies on the continent. It looked like she struggled with the track most of the way."

Jealous Forum spent the winter in Ocala, Fla., with Casse, who is content with her current status. "She's been doing really well," the trainer said. "She's had a couple of three-quarter-mile works. She put on some weight and grew up over the winter."

Miss City Halo graduated in a romp at Aqueduct in November, but struggled in her next two starts at Turfway Park. After running fourth in the one-mile Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds, she captured the six-furlong Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 89.

Trainer Mark Hubley shipped Miss City Halo back to Turfway for a six-furlong allowance March 23, in which she prevailed by four lengths in good time.

"She's doing great and loves to ship," said Larry Doyle, who owns Miss City Halo.

Also entered in the Star Shoot are Wynyard, Platel, Lady Shari, Miss City Halo, Gonetofarr, and Amy's Falcon.

Lady Shari rallied along the rail to upset a loafing Jealous Forum in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine on Sept. 22. She underwent successful throat surgery in October after finishing second as the favorite in the Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware.

Lady Shari raced wide after stumbling at the break in her final 2-year-old start at Aqueduct, the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes, in which she rallied to end up second to favored Smok'n Frolic.

"She was climbing a lot in the Demoiselle," her trainer, Dave Cotey, recalled. "There was more horse there than it showed. She wasn't getting a hold of the track for a good part of the race, but still ran pretty good."

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