10/22/2007 11:00PM

Next year, a better Princess Elizabeth

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lost in the shuffle of all the Canadian International excitement here last weekend, and perhaps justifiably so, was Saturday's Princess Elizabeth Stakes. The Princess Elizabeth, a 1o1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, offered a purse of $250,000.

Although 93 Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies had remained eligible at the last nomination stage Aug. 1, only five ran in the Princess Elizabeth. Among them were three maidens, including the winner, Mrs. Began.

The field for the Princess Elizabeth could have had a far different complexion, however, had supplementary nominations on entry day been allowed. Authenicat, Six Pack Sammy, and Nite and Rome, all of whom would have been major contenders, were ready to run but had not been kept eligible.

That situation will change next year as the Princess Elizabeth and the Coronation Futurity will allow entry-day supplements.

The Queen's Plate, Woodbine Oaks, and Cup and Saucer, Woodbine's other early-closing stakes, allowed entry-day supplements for the first time this year. The deadline for early-closing stakes next year will remain at Feb. 1, with additional payments due on May 1 for the Queen's Plate and Woodbine Oaks and Aug. 1 for the Cup and Saucer, Princess Elizabeth, and Coronation Futurity.

In the meantime, Authenicat, Six Pack Sammy, and Nite in Rome will be seeking other spots in which to showcase their talents.

Authenicat, an impressive winner of the six-furlong Victorian Queen here Oct. 3, could head to Kentucky for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Pocahontas, a one-mile race for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Or, Authenicat could remain here for the $125,000 South Ocean, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies on Nov. 7.

Six Pack Sammy, who graduated in impressive fashion going 1 1/16 miles in her last start here Sept. 30, is slated to contest the Pocahontas.

Nite in Rome is coming off a second-place finish behind her stablemate Clearly Foxy, a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies entrant, in the Gradeo3 Natalma at one mile on turf here Sept. 9. Nite in Rome will be pointed for the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies here Dec. 2.

Surgery and two turns did the trick

Mrs. Began was making her fourth start in the Princess Elizabeth and traveling around two turns for the first time. Purchased for $50,000 at the local select yearling sale, Mrs. Began finished third when debuting in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well for Ontario foals and fourth in her third start in the seven-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes.

In the Princess Elizabeth, Mrs. Began pressed the pace of the front-running favorite, Victory Romance, and came up with a last-gasp rally to prevail by a neck under Jim McAleney.

"She was gutsy," said trainer Reade Baker, who was sending out his eighth stakes winner of the meeting. "She'd shown she had some ability in her first race; she was flying around the turn. But I never got it out of her until now."

Baker reported prior to the Princess Elizabeth that Mrs. Began had undergone surgery for an entrapped epiglottis following the Muskoka.

"Getting that out of the way gave her time for maturing," said Baker, who said he has no plans to race Mrs. Began again this year.

Baker attacks on two fronts

Baker is at Monmouth Park this week to send out Jazz Nation in Friday's $250,000 Favorite Trick and Bear Now in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. The stable also could be represented in as many as three stakes at Woodbine this weekend.

Vestrey Lady is set for Saturday's River Memories, while Bear's Kid is slated for Sunday's Labeeb and Executive Choice for Sunday's $125,000 Bunty Lawless. Both the River Memories, for fillies and mares, and the Labeeb, for 3-year-olds and upward, are $125,000 overnight stakes at one mile on turf and will require at least five entrants to be carded. The Bunty Lawless, also a one-mile turf race worth $125,000, is for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Loiselle an all-star again

Wooodbine announcer Dan Loiselle has been invited to call a race at Monmouth Park on Thursday as part of the annual all-star announcers day held during Breeders' Cup Week.

Loiselle will remain at Monmouth for the Breeders' Cup cards and be back in his booth here Sunday. Regular backup announcer Greg Blanchard will fill in during Loiselle's absence.

Breeders' Cup on television

The Breeders' Cup was moved to TSN in Canada last year and was offered only in a high-definition format, which shut out many viewers. This year, it will have wider exposure.

The three Breeders' Cup races run at Monmouth Park on Friday will be televised on both TSN's regular channel and on a channel offering high definition. The two-hour telecast begins at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Saturday's Breeders' Cup Day show begins at 12 p.m. and will be offered on TSN's alternate feed channel. The alternate feed is available through most satellite and digital cable providers, but TSN advises subscribers to check its website at tsn.ca for details.