09/17/2010 12:46PM

Points of Grace looks in top form for Canadian

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Michael Burns
Points of Grace is coming into the Canadian in top shape, said her trainer, Malcolm Pierce.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Points of Grace hadn’t had a break in more than nine months when she finished a close fourth here in last year’s Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Stakes. Now, after getting the winter off, Points of Grace is a much fresher runner and appears to have hit her best stride coming into Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

“She’s going into the race in as good order as she can be,” said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Points of Grace.

Points of Grace, who will be ridden by Patrick Husbands, began her 2010 campaign with a fourth-place finish over one mile on turf here in the Grade 2 Nassau on June 5.

Six weeks later, the Kentucky-bred 5-year-old had traffic problems when she was a close third under jockey Luis Contreras in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles on the same surface.

“She probably needed her first race,” said Pierce. “And, in her second race, she just had a horrible trip. Whatever he went to do with her, the holes just kept closing.”

Points of Grace’s last appearance was carefree in comparison, as she was prominent throughout with Husbands in the irons and had little difficulty in scoring by 3 3/4 lengths in the one-mile turf allowance prep for the Canadian.

“She won pretty easily, and that should get a lot of her confidence back,” said Pierce.

Miss Keller, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa over 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga, also merits much respect here.

Trained by Roger Attfield, Miss Keller rallied belatedly from seventh place and wound up being beaten just 1 1/2 lengths.

“She just got too far out of it,” said Attfield. “She ran the last quarter of a mile very, very fast.”

Javier Castellano, who has ridden Miss Keller in her four starts south of the border this season, will be here for the Canadian.

Latin Love, an Irish raider trained by David Wachman, is the wild card.

A listed stakes winner in her last start at the Curragh, Latin Love will be a first-time Lasix user, and Garrett Gomez has picked up the mount.

Rounding out the field will be the locals Magic Broomstick, who finished a close fourth in the Dance Smartly; Jenny’s So Great, a 3-year-old who ran second last time out in the Ontario Colleen; and longshot Lemon Twirl.