11/13/2008 1:00AM

Juliet's Spirit a mystery off last


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Juliet's Spirit will try to rebound from her lone career loss Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes. The seven-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies has also drawn two unbeaten United States shippers, Selva and Holiday Girl.

Juliet's Spirit won her first three starts here, including the five-furlong My Dear Stakes and the six-furlong Ontario Debutante Stakes. Trainer Steve Asmussen then sent her to Turfway Park for the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies on Sept. 27, but she was beaten 36 lengths after bobbling at the break.

Exercise rider Alex Brown was at a loss to explain Julie's Spirit's effort as the 5-2 second choice at Turfway.

"I don't know what the story was," said Brown. "If she had been beaten three or four lengths, you'd say that maybe she wasn't quite as good as we thought she was, but she got beat so far. Hopefully, we can throw it out."

Brown said Juliet's Spirit has trained encouragingly since returning to Woodbine.

"She's been on a good work schedule," he said. "She seems like the same filly that we had before. She thrives here. She loves this place."

Selva, based in Kentucky with trainer David Carroll, won her 5 1/2-furlong debut over a sloppy track Aug. 7 at Saratoga. She has been idle since Aug. 31, when she won the six-furlong Sorority Stakes at Monmouth with an 81 Beyer Speed Figure.

"We had planned to run her in the Presque Isle Debutante Sept. 27, but she spiked a fever on us the week of the race," said Carroll. "We had to back off and regroup. There was nothing for her at Keeneland or Churchill. Seven [furlongs] may be a stretch for her off the layoff, but the money's good."

Carroll said he isn't sure how Selva will handle Woodbine's Polytrack, but he anticipates a strong showing from the daughter of Forest Wildcat.

"She breezed well twice on the Polytrack at Keeneland," Carroll said. "I've had a lot of horses breeze well over [Polytrack], but they didn't particularly run good over it. She's a typical Forest Wildcat. She's short-coupled, and very athletic. She's been training very well."

Holiday Girl won her lone outing in a five-furlong dash in August at Delaware by eight lengths. She has been working on the Tapeta surface at Fair Hill in Maryland for trainer Steve Klesaris, who sent out Livin Lovin to a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes here Oct. 5.