08/13/2002 11:00PM

'Meghan' tries turf allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Meghanmehappy, an eye-catching winner of her only start, will move to the grass in Friday's Woodbine feature, a seven-furlong allowance prep for the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes on Sept. 7.

Four other 2-year-old fillies were entered in the $72,200 race - Warlike, Fritzy Hour, Teewee's Hope, and Angel in Tights. All are trying the turf for the first time.

Meghanmehappy was bet down to 9-2 with Patrick Husbands aboard in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special here Aug. 2. She hit the front at the eighth pole, after stalking the pace along the inside, and then drew off for a 4 3/4-length win in a 1:06.20 seconds, which was good for a 62 Beyer Speed Figure.

Mark Casse, Woodbine's leading trainer, regards Meghanmehappy as an exciting prospect.

"I was impressed with her race," said Casse. "With most of my 2-year-olds, I like to let them settle coming away from the gate before making a run, and that's what we were trying to do with her. She got into a little trouble, and Patrick had to check her for about a sixteenth of a mile. She came running when she finally got in the clear, and I thought she won with ease."

Meghanmehappy, a Texas-bred by Naevus, has some turf breeding, and Casse has no qualms about running her on the grass.

"I think Naevus is fine on the grass," Casse reasoned. "Her dam-sire is Ascot Knight. She should like the grass. I think she's a lot better filly than what you saw the other day.

"This is the first horse I've had for these owners, Al and Pat Gerrans," Casse added. "They're from Texas, and the filly's named after their granddaughter, Meghan. They actually own Naevus."

Teewee's Hope, trained by John MacKenzie, has very little grass breeding. A daughter of Dehere, Teewee's Hope graduated second time out with a wide rally against $50,000 maidens, despite trying to lug in through the stretch.

Angel in Tights also closed wide while trying to lug in a little when she won her maiden, in a slow $40,000 claimer on July 19. Trained by John Charalambous, Angel in Tights is by a pretty good turf sire in Mutakddim. Her half-sister Ghazirella has won on both surfaces this year.

Fritzy Hour came from just off the pace to win her $32,000 debut on Aug. 1, when she was claimed from owner/trainer Paul Buttigieg by trainer Ron Burke. She is by Mr. Prospector's son Canyon Creek, who was a stakes winner in England.

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