11/13/2009 12:00AM

Milwaukee Appeal cutting back

Michael Burns
Milwaukee Appeal, winning the Woodbine Oaks in June, was second in the 1 1/16-mile Selene last time out.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Milwaukee Appeal, the leading candidate for the Sovereign Award as this year's champion 3-year-old filly, will cut back from a series of routes to seven furlongs for Sunday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes at Woodbine.

The Jammed Lovely has lured eight other Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies, most notably the Duchess Stakes winner Carem Crescent.

Milwaukee Appeal captured the nine-furlong Woodbine Oaks with authority in June, and was a narrowly beaten third against males two weeks later in the $1 million Queen's Plate. She went on to drop a nose decision to Gallant in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes on the dirt at Fort Erie.

Milwaukee Appeal was a distant second to Careless Jewel in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga in August. She has been idle since ending up second behind the upstart Aurora Lights in the 1 1/16-mile Selene Stakes.

Trainer Scott Fairlie said he was content with Milwaukee Appeal's performance here in the Grade 3 Selene.

"I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure," said Fairlie. "She's had a long year." Aurora Lights, he said, "ran the race of her life."

Fairlie said he isn't overly worried about shortening Milwaukee Appeal up to a sprint on Sunday.

"She's good and fresh," said Fairlie. "She has a pretty good [last] work. If it's a speed-biased track, it might be a concern, but I just think that she's much better than these horses."

Carem Crescent should be the second choice in the wagering. She won her first two starts with ease in June and July, including a first-level allowance sprint.

Carem Crescent defeated a mediocre field in the seven-furlong Duchess in August. Three weeks later, she wound up second behind the talented Lady Shakespeare in her first turf start, the Ontario Colleen Stakes.

Carem Crescent came up empty after a stalking trip the last time she saw action, which came in the Selene. Trainer Malcolm Pierce said he had few options for her after the Sept. 26 Selene, and the Jammed Lovely made the most sense.

"We waited for what we hope is the right race," Pierce explained. "We tried her the two turns, and it doesn't look like she wants to do that. It looks like she's a one-turn horse."

Pierce was excited about Carem Crescent's half-mile breeze in 47.80 seconds last Sunday, which was the fastest of 51 workers at the distance.

"She's coming into the race in good order," he said.