09/20/2006 11:00PM

Kimchi tops Casse power duo


Trainer Mark Casse will take two shots at the $125,000 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday, when he runs Kimchi and Top Notch Lady. The La Lorgnette is run at 1 1/16 miles and will have a field of 12 3-year-old fillies.

Kimchi captured the first two legs of this year's Canadian filly triple crown series, the nine-furlong Woodbine Oaks in June and the 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie on July 2. She was favored to become the first filly to sweep the series when she moved to the grass for the July 29 Wonder Where Stakes, in which she flattened out and finished fourth after pressing a moderate pace.

Kimchi has been working quickly over the Polytrack. Last Saturday, she breezed five furlongs in 1:00, which was the fastest of 102 drills at the distance.

"She's doing well," Casse said. "She breezed really well the other day."

Top Notch Lady won the Grade 3 Bourbonette BC Stakes going 1 1/16 miles over Turfway's Polytrack in March. She defeated Lemons Forever in the Bourbonette, but was eighth next time out in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, which Lemons Forever won in a colossal upset.

Top Notch Lady went on the shelf after finishing third here in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes on May 24. She returned Sept. 2 and finished seventh in the Ontario Colleen Stakes over yielding ground.

"The softer turf got her a little bit in the Ontario Colleen," Casse said. "I think she would have been fine if the turf hadn't been a little soft. She's proven over the Polytrack."

Jockey Patrick Husbands was named on both Casse runners.

Other contenders in the field include Sweet Breanna, Rolling Sea, and Seductively.

Sweet Breanna beat Kimchi in a May 13 allowance before ending up second in both the Oaks and Bison City. After a dull effort in the Wonder Where, she finished second in the Algoma Stakes behind the talented older runner Financingavailable, who had everything her way on the front end.

Sweet Breanna worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.20 over the all-weather surface Aug. 28 for trainer Steve Attard.

Rolling Sea, based at Hawthorne with trainer Scott Blasi, won a one-mile stakes for Illinois-breds at Arlington in June. She was recently third in the Grade 3 Arlington BC Oaks.

Seductively led all the way in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes in May, but is winless in four subsequent outings.