10/01/2010 1:59PM

Jenny's So Great back on short rest in Carotene


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Jenny’s So Great looks like the class of Sunday’s $150,000 Carotene, and Silent Wisper looks like the speed.

The Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of seven that also includes the Ontario-sired archrivals Dancing Raven and Jacally.

Jenny’s So Great, trained by Greg DeGannes, has raised her game to a new level on the turf here this summer, winning the one-mile prep for the open Ontario Colleen and finishing second in the stakes itself over the same distance and surface.

In her last start here Sept. 19, Jenny’s So Great took on older rivals in the Grade 2 Canadian, and although she finished last of six, she was beaten just 8 3/4 lengths.

“I know it’s running back a little quickly, but she’s given me no sign that the race took a toll on her,” said De Gannes, who trains Jenny’s So Great for owners Vicki and Bill Poston.

“This is a good spot, and if she gets the right ride, she should be competitive.”

Jose Ferrer, who is based in Philadelphia, rode Jenny’s So Great in the Ontario Colleen and has the call for the Carotene.

Silent Wisper, who has developed into a free-running turf specialist under jockey Omar Moreno, finished second to the talented No Explaining over 1 1/8 miles and followed up with a win over 1 1/4 miles in July.

That style proved less effective in two subsequent starts, however, as Silent Wisper faltered to end eighth of 13 when facing males in the 1 1/2-mile Breeders’ and fourth of eight in a 1 1/8-mile second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

“She’s training great; it’s just a case if we can slow her down a bit,” said Mike Keogh, who trains the homebred Silent Wisper for Gustav Schickedanz.

“We tried a different bridle when we galloped her and Omar worked her, but she really resented it. We scrapped it after a few days.”

The Carotene’s race-within-a-race will be a rubber match for Dancing Raven and Jacally, who have split their first four meetings.

Both will be trying 1 1/8 miles and stepping out of the Ontario-sired ranks for the first time, however, and may be waging their rivalry on a minor scale.

Dancing Raven defeated Jacally by a nose in a first-level allowance race over seven furlongs of Polytrack here July 1 and left Jacally 1 1/2 lengths back in third when they last met in the Sept. 11 La Preyvoyante over one mile of turf.

Jacally was victorious in their interim meetings, winning the Passing Mood over seven furlongs of turf with Dancing Raven third and taking the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search by a neck over her nemesis.

Jacally’s trainer, Roger Attfield, has reason to believe his filly can reverse the La Prevoyante decision.

“She didn’t get the best of trips last time,” Attfield said. “I would think she’d be okay with the mile and an eighth, and she worked well with Ave the other day.”

Jacally breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 here Wednesday in company with that older stablemate who was entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont.

Pool Play looks to end skid

Pool Play, who won the Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup last year, will be looking to get back on target and end an 0-for-9 drought in this year’s renewal here Sunday.

Owned by Will Farish Jr. and trained by Mark Casse, Pool Play will be returning to the main track for the 1 1/8-mile Durham Cup after finishing a distant fifth over 1 1/4 miles of soft turf in the Grade 2 Sky Classic here Aug. 22.

“He just had a bunch of races with no pace, so we tried him on turf, but it was so soft it wasn’t much of an indicator of what he could do,” Casse said.

“It’s frustrating. He’s a talented horse, but nothing’s gone right for him lately.”

Say No More impresses in debut

Say No More, a 2-year-old gelding who is a three-quarter-brother to Silent Wisper, began his career on a high note for Keogh and Schickedanz here Sept. 25

Racing over one mile of turf with jockey Richard Dos Ramos in the irons, Say No More led throughout and turned back several challenges before prevailing by a half-length.

“He’d been working really well,” said Keogh, adding that he had been particularly impressed when Say No More outworked older allowance-calibre stablemate Zarroc on the training track here Sept. 14.

“I’m really pleased with him.”

Say No More is scheduled to make his next start in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here Oct. 17.

New Normal returns to track

New Normal breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the training track here Friday under exercise rider Billy O’Connor.

The workout was New Normal’s first since she earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with her victory in the Sept. 18 Natalma.

Mark Frostad, who trains New Normal for Robert S. Evans, had hoped to breeze the filly on the turf training course, but that surface was closed due to soggy conditions.

“I didn’t want to miss the breeze,” Frostad said. “It was just going to be a maintenance breeze anyway.

“She started up four lengths behind another filly, and they finished up head and head.

Canadian International stakes noms

Nominations for the Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Nearctic, the three Grade 1 turf races that will be run here Oct. 16, were released by Woodbine stakes manager Julie Bell on Friday.

All three races are part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In series.

The $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, attracted 27 nominees, with 13 based in Europe, 10 in the United States, and four here at Woodbine.

The $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, attracted 34 nominees, with 21 from Europe, eight from the United States, and five locals.

The $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-olds and up, attracted 35 nominees including eight based in Europe, 16 from the United States, and 11 representing local trainers.