10/07/2009 11:00PM

Jenny's So Great to try a route in Mazarine start

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Michael Burns
Ghost Fleet (5) beats a game Jenny's So Great by a neck in the Swynford last month.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jenny's So Great proved her mettle facing male rivals when she came within a neck of upsetting Ghost Fleet in the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 13.

On Saturday, Jenny's So Great will be facing a new challenge when she stretches out for the first time in the Grade 3, $250,000 Mazarine, a 1o1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

"She's trained very forwardly, and she's put on weight since her last start," said Greg De Gannes, who trains Jenny's So Great for Bill and Vicki Poston. "I'm very happy with her. This will be a tough race, but the gun's fully loaded."

A British Columbia-bred who was a $53,000 purchase at Fasig-Tipton's 2-year-olds in training sale in Maryland, Jenny's So Great failed to fire in her first start, finishing fourth as the favorite over 5 1/2 furlongs after acting up badly before the start.

Jenny's So Great redeemed herself in her next outing, scoring by a nose over subsequent winners Ernfold and Witch's Coven at six furlongs. De Gannes then elected to run Jenny's So Great in the Sept. 19 Swynford instead of awaiting the Natalma, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies.

And although she was unable to run down Ghost Fleet, who was notching his second stakes score and third win in as many starts on the main track, Jenny's So Great was easily best of the rest in a game effort.

"Ghost Fleet is a very nice horse, and she gave him a run for his money," said De Gannes. "There's no shame in running second to him.

"And, having the experience of being in a fight like that, she should be even better. I don't think the two turns will be a problem with her. She should handle that."

Taking a shot in the Grey

Ghost Fleet is one of the leading contenders for Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds.

And this time De Gannes will be looking to go ghostbusting with Mobthewarrior and Ring My Surprise.

Mobthewarrior, an Ontario-sired 2-gelding, has shown late run in each of his four starts, all around one turn. After rallying to win his 4 1/2-furlong opener over Ontario-sired opponents, Mobthewarrior ended a close fifth in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon and then a troubled third in the six-furlong Vandal. Both of those stakes were for Ontario foals.

In his last start here Sept. 7, Mobthewarrior came from ninth place with a furlong to run to finish second in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings.

Ring My Surprise stepped up from a $20,000 maiden claiming win in his second start to capture a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles in his two-turn debut.

You Will Love Me rebounds nicely

Trainer Earl Barnett could have been excused if his faith in You Will Love Me had been wavering a bit heading into Wednesday evening's $126,200 Classy 'n Smart Stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

You Will Love Me stalked the pace and rallied determinedly to run down favored Authenicat for a 1 3/4-length victory, with Chantal Sutherland in the irons for the first time.

You Will Love Me, a 5-year-old homebred who races for Bill Jones, had come into the 1o1/16-mile Classy 'n Smart without a win in six starts this season and had finished a rather lackluster fifth behind runaway winner Roses 'n Wine when making her last appearance in the Algoma Stakes.

"Her last race was a shock - I just couldn't figure it out," said Barnett. "For sure I know I wasn't going to catch the winner, but I thought we could be second. But, I wasn't going to quit just because of one race. She's had feet issues the last year and a half. It took a long time for me to get her to come around last year, too."

The wagering public approached You Will Love Me with caution in the Classy 'n Smart, as she was the fifth choice at almost 8-1 in the field of eight.

You Will Love Me was the second daughter of One Way Love to win for Barnett on Wednesday evening after One Way Ruckus won a $12,500 maiden claimer earlier on the program.

The $75,000 winner's share brought You Will Love Me's career earnings to $616,500, and she could be looking to add to that total in the 1 1/16 mile River Memories, a $100,000 overnight stakes, which is scheduled to be the last turf race of the meeting for fillies and mares.

"She's in form now," said Barnett. "We don't want to stop on her."

Females on different paths

San Nicola Whiskey, who left You Will Love Me in second place in winning the 1 1/16-mile Victoriana on the turf course here Aug. 16, finished fifth in the Classy 'n Smart and also is a candidate for the River Memories.

Anne's Purse, another stakes-winning Ontario-sired female under Barnett's shed row, is being considered for the $150,000 Ontario Fashion, an open six-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 1.

"Her last race was a stumper, too," said Barnett, who watched Anne's Purse finish ninth in last Saturday's Avowal, a seven-furlong overnight stakes for fillies and mares. "We vetted her completely, and she's absolutely 100 percent."

Bahen fined for whip use

Jockey Steven Bahen has been fined $500 after the stewards ruled he had struck his mount, Nocookiesforpapa, more than three times in succession during the running of last Saturday's $126,200 Victorian Queen Stakes.

Nocookiesforpapa earned $25,000 for her second-place finish, and Bahen, a first-time offender under the new whip rules, has become the first rider to have his penalty calculated as 20 percent of his projected 10 percent share of the purse in races over $100,000 under the new rules implemented last month.

* Jim Mazur will be hosting Breeders' Cup handicapping seminars beginning at 11 a.m. here on Saturday and at Greenwood at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Free copies of Mazur's "Crushing the Cup 2009" will be available.