09/26/2007 11:00PM

Officer Cherrie going long

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Officer Cherrie will test her ability around two turns Saturday at Woodbine in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Officer Cherrie is one of two Mark Casse-trained runners in the Grade 3, $250,000 race for 2-year-old fillies, along with Satin Slippers. Officer Cherrie had a troubled trip in her debut and then graduated on the front end over 5 1/2 furlongs July 21.

Officer Cherrie was 13-1 most recently in the six-furlong Ontario Debutante Stakes. She closed strongly to overhaul favored Dancing Allstar en route to a half-length win. Dancing Allstar came back to win a minor stakes at Hastings, and the third-place finisher, Simple Sister, subsequently took the Muskoka Stakes.

Casse believes Officer Cherrie, a daughter of Officer, has the necessary tools to handle the stretchout in distance.

"One of the keys to any horse going long is the ability to rate, and I don't think it will be a problem with her," Casse said. "Her pedigree says probably a mile. Maybe she's just talented enough to get the distance."

Casse is high on Satin Slippers, who was disqualified from first in a mile and 70-yard maiden route because of a whip infraction by jockey Patrick Husbands.

"I thought she was going to win that race," Casse said, "but she ducked in on Patrick, and when he went to hit her left-handed, he hit [She's the Umpire] over this nose. If she had kept herself in a straight path, I think she would have won easily."

Officer Cherrie and Satin Slippers worked five-eighths together last Saturday, with Officer Cherrie going .60 faster, in 1:01.20.

"We were trying to get Officer Cherrie to rate, and we broke her off a few lengths behind Satin Slippers," Casse said. "They finished head-and-head at the wire. Satin Slippers just ran, and didn't need to do a whole lot. It was a great work."

Husbands was named on both Casse runners, and has his choice of the two.

Born to Be, a $475,000 yearling purchase by A.P. Indy, was supplemented at a cost of $5,000. She beat Satin Slippers while winning her only start, which came in a seven-furlong maiden sprint Aug. 19.

Trainer Eric Coatrieux said he was pleasantly surprised by Born to Be's debut score. "She had worked okay, but not great," Coatrieux said.

Emma Wilson will ride Born to Be, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Joey Franco.