11/05/2007 1:00AM

Lady d'Wildcat goes long

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lady d'Wildcat will test her skills around two turns Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 South Ocean Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Lady d'Wildcat has won twice. She is trained by Steve Roberts, who won the 1999 South Ocean as the part-owner of Inspired Kiss.

Lady d'Wildcat won her first and third starts, in restricted maiden and allowance company. Her only loss was a third-place finish under Emma Wilson in the six-furlong Victorian Queen Stakes. The winner, Authenicat, came back to run second in the Grade 3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill.

"She got away a little tardily out of the gate then," said Roberts. "She came with a late rally. I was happy with the way that she galloped out. Emma said she couldn't pull her up."

Roberts said it took some time to get Lady d'Wildcat to settle down when she was sent to him after being bought back from a Maryland 2-year-old sale.

"She was schooled to drop to the rail at the quarter pole, and go like a bat out of hell," Roberts said. "It took a while to get her to learn how to relax."

Roberts said a route of ground should be ideal for Lady d'Wildcat, a daughter of freshman sire and Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat.

"I'm looking forward to going two turns with her," Roberts said. "I think that will be her cup of tea. She's training like that - she's tough to pull up some days. She just wants to keep going and going."

Also in Wednesday's race is D'wild Lady, who beat Lady d'Wildcat by 1 1/2 lengths for second in the Victorian Queen. She also wound up second to Authenicat in a Sept. 6 allowance.

D'wild Lady will break from the disadvantageous outside post under Eurico Rosa da Silva, who will get a leg up from trainer Gil Rowntree.

Short Shorts finished second in her first two starts, both at six furlongs. She overcame traffic problems to win her maiden with ease over seven furlongs Oct. 7.

Short Shorts is by speed sire Bold n' Flashy, but her dam won going long on the dirt.

The 10-horse field also includes five maidens, most notably Critical Path, who ran second in an open maiden special over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 27.