11/11/2005 12:00AM

Pierce filly set to win first stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Charming Ruckus, trained by Malcolm Pierce, appears to have found a spot for her first stakes victory in Sunday's $167,250 Jammed Lovely here at Woodbine.

The Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of 10. Charming Ruckus should rule the choice under regular rider Todd Kabel.

"She's run hard all year," said Pierce, who conditions Charming Ruckus for Windways Farm and Quinn Stable. "She gives it a good try every time she goes over there, and we know this is the right distance for her. She's doing good."

Charming Ruckus has started twice at seven furlongs and finished second on each occasion, including the prep for the Jammed Lovely here in her last start Oct. 22.

Hatpin, the 3 1/4-length winner of that race, is a Kentucky-bred and is not eligible for the Jammed Lovely. Simply Lovely, who finished third in that race, 3 1/2 lengths behind Charming Ruckus, will run in the Jammed Lovely on Sunday.

Simply Lovely won three stakes and was champion of her division last year, but she is winless in eight appearances this season. Apprentice Emma Wilson, the leading rider at the meeting, will ride Simply Lovely for the first time.

Victorious Ami, who won her maiden in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth here last October, went almost a year before recording her second win in a first-level allowance at the same distance. Regular rider Emile Ramsammy was aboard for that 11 1/2-length score, and Victorious Ami has continued to work well for trainer David Bell.

River Nore, winner of the seven-furlong Fury here this spring, has been plagued by "seconditis" recently, finishing second in each of her last three starts while beaten a total of just over a half-length.

"I tried training her in the sand ring for a week before her last race, and I think I ran a short horse," said trainer Reade Baker. "She's gone back to training on the main track; I think she'll be fitter."

Baker also will send out Susur for the Jammed Lovely. Susur is coming off a third-place finish behind older rivals going six furlongs in a second-level allowance.

Jim McAleney has his usual call aboard River Nore, and Patrick Husbands will ride Susur for the second time.

Coastal Fortress, a two-time stakes winner over 1 1/16 miles, comes into the Jammed Lovely off a fourth-place finish behind older fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Classy 'N Smart.