07/10/2008 11:00PM

Lasix could put Poppin on top


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There are five winners in Sunday's $150,000 Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine, but the one to catch in the 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-bred 2-year-old fillies is the Steve Asmussen-trained maiden Poppin.

Poppin was bet down to 6-5 when she debuted in a five-furlong maiden special June 21. After a quick first quarter, she opened up a clear lead and seemed headed for victory, but was overtaken in deep stretch by Lola B. The 73 Beyer Figure that she was awarded is the highest in the Shady Well field.

"She ran a very fast time," said assistant trainer Steve Flint. "The experience will help her a lot. She's well-mannered, and a very smart filly. She's strong and well-put-together. She's very quick, without a lot of wasted action."

Flint believes Poppin could improve with Lasix on Sunday.

"We had a mix-up with some paperwork when she came in, and she didn't get to run on Lasix," Flint said. "It may have deterred her a little bit."

Cawaja Beach earned a 70 Beyer under Daniel David for winning her only outing, a 4 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired maidens.

"She was pretty professional," said trainer Scott Fairlie. "Danny got her to break sharp. She was inside of two horses, and he decided to ease her back out of there and came around them, which was a very good move."

Fairlie said Cawaja Beach has impressed him from the time he first began to train her.

"She's very athletic," he said. "She almost looks like a 3-year-old. I think she wants to run on."

Sans Souci faced males when third in her opener. Second time out, she defeated Ontario-sired fillies at 4 1/2 furlongs under Tyler Pizarro.

"She didn't get into the filly race, so I decided to run her against the colts," said trainer Mike Doyle. "I thought that she was ready to run. She had trained great before her second race. When he shook the lines at her, she just took off."

Doyle said he likes the fact that Sans Souci has another furlong to work with in the Shady Well.

"I would say the added distance is a plus for her," he said.

Koonunga Hill also graduated against Ontario-sired opposition in her second start, and was second to Cawaja Beach in her debut.

Black Napkins led throughout against $50,000 maidens in her lone start, running 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.20.