06/07/2007 11:00PM

Quiet Action in softer spot in Alywow


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quiet Action was under consideration for the Woodbine Oaks, for which she would have had to be supplemented at a cost of $12,500.

But trainer Mark Casse had another option and will run Quiet Action in Sunday's $100,000 Alywow, a 6 1/2-furlong turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies that drew a field of 14.

"The Oaks is coming up tough," said Casse, "and she really likes the grass."

Quiet Action won her maiden over six furlongs of turf at Woodbine last summer in her third start, then finished second behind stablemate Sprung in the Grade 3 Natalma at a mile.

After running fourth on the turf in her season debut at Keeneland, Quiet Action ran second in the seven-furlong Fury behind Saskawea, one of the Oaks favorites.

"She's a little fireball," said Casse, who trains Quiet Action for Woodford Racing. "She can do anything."

Casse will run a second Alywow entrant for Woodford Racing in Silky Smooth, a Kentucky-bred who finished second behind Native Legend in the six-furlong Star Shoot, and then ran fourth when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the Grade 3 Selene.

"She breezed extremely well on the grass the other day," said Casse.

Silky Smooth will race on turf for the first time.

"I think she'll handle it, but she might struggle a little bit going from a mile and a sixteenth to six and a half furlongs," Casse said.

Patrick Husbands has been named to ride on both Casse runners.

Native Legend, who won the Star Shoot to remain unbeaten in three starts, also will be making her turf debut here under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos.

Trained by Darwin Banach for owner-breeder Bill Sorokolit, the Kentucky-bred Native Legend is a half-sister to multiple turf stakes winner Classic Stamp.

Whisper to Me, a Kentucky-bred who races for Pin Oak Stable, won her debut over a mile of turf here last Oct. 8 and went on to race in a total of four more turf races at Fair Grounds and Keeneland.

In her last start, at Keeneland, Whisper to Me won a first-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles on April 26. The Alywow will be her shortest race to date.

"My biggest concern will be shortening back with her," said trainer Malcolm Pierce. "But I think the length of the stretch here will help her, and we've sharpened her up the best we can. Hopefully, she won't be so far back that she has no chance to close."

Todd Kabelowill ride Whisper to Me.