09/24/2008 12:00AM

Juvenile Fillies Turf: C Karma is lucky to be racing at all


The odds of C Karma getting to any race, let alone a Breeders' Cup race, were certainly stacked against her after she was cut up badly in a paddock accident as a yearling in Florida.

Her Woodbine-based trainer, Greg De Gannes, said C Karma ran into a big metal gate during a lightning storm when she was turned out with several other yearlings.

"She got hung up on her legs," said De Gannes. "It took three to four months to get the wounds healed up to where you could even think about the next step of her career."

C Karma is owned by her breeder, Pamela Edel, a Florida pinhooker, who would have put her through a sale had the filly not been injured.

"Obviously, she could never sell her because of the cosmetic wounds that were on her legs, so she sent her to me," said De Gannes. "Pam does her own breaking, and the early part of their training. [C Karma] was pretty forward and athletic from the get-go. I really thought she was going to be a pretty nice filly, and so far she hasn't proven me wrong."

C Karma graduated third time out over Woodbine's Polytrack, and was a troubled third in the Ontario Debutante Stakes. She punched her ticket to the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf by taking the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes over soft ground on Sept. 14. The Natalma is a BC Win and You're In event.

"I was very confident going into the Natalma," said De Gannes. "I didn't think the trip would be a problem. I didn't think the grass would be a problem. The only question I had was the condition of the grass."

De Gannes said C Karma's all-out effort in the Natalma didn't knock her out.

"She was tired the day after the race on Monday," said De Gannes, "but by Wednesday, she jumped back into herself and I had to gallop her. She's been training great. I think the 40 days to the Breeders' Cup will help us a lot. We can sit back and plan a graduated schedule that can help her reach the race in peak condition."

The Natalma was a one-turn mile, and De Gannes believes that a mile over Santa Anita's turf course will be ideal for C Karma.

"Because of her turn of foot, I really believe that the two-turn [layout] of the Juvenile Filly Turf will be right up her alley," he said.

The most glaring of C Karma's battle scars is a large lump on her left knee, which is calcified bone.

"That was her biggest wound," said De Gannes. "It's above the actual joint capsule, and it doesn't affect the motion of the joint. It just affects the people watching her. She's not the prettiest sight to see."

Abbott Hall might try a prep race

Abbott Hall toyed with her opposition going 1 1/16 miles on the grass last Saturday at Louisiana Downs in the $150,450 Happy Ticket Stakes, winning by six lengths under Robby Albarado.

"She's got the potential of being something special," said Albarado.

Abbott Hall won her maiden second time out on the grass at Ellis Park, and is unbeaten in two turf starts for trainer Hal Wiggins.

Wiggins said Abbott Hall might run back in the Oct. 9 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland, but he is also considering training her up to the Breeders' Cup.

Rainbow View in the hunt

The unbeaten English filly Rainbow View reportedly is being considered for both Breeders' Cup races for juvenile fillies.

Trained by John Gosden, Rainbow View won the Group 2 May Hill Stakes going a mile at Doncaster Sept. 11. Before that, she won each of her first two starts by six lengths, including the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes. Both races came over seven furlongs at Newmarket.

Rainbow View should be heavily favored in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile, a Win and You're In race for the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Saturday at Ascot.