04/05/2007 11:00PM

'Quiet Cat' comes out of key race


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Winter-raced One Quiet Cat has a fitness advantage on all but one of her five opponents in Sunday's third race at Woodbine, which makes her the one to fear most in the first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

One Quiet Cat was a useful high-level claimer here last year before trainer Mike DePaulo bought her privately from trainer Dave Cotey in December. DePaulo wintered at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, and said he brought One Quiet Cat down there because he needed to fill a stall there.

One Quiet Cat finished third in two allowance races at Gulfstream in February. The winner of her first start there, Cuaba, subsequently captured a second-level allowance convincingly.

"She ran into a monster the first time down there," DePaulo recalled. "It was the fastest she'd ever run. She got an 80 Beyer going short."

One Quiet Cat finished behind two impressive next-start winners when she stretched out to a mile in her second Gulfstream appearance. Left in her wake in that key race was fifth-place finisher Chiara, who came back to win a sprint on Wednesday at Gulfstream.

One Quiet Cat shortens up to 6 1/2 furlongs on Sunday.

"She's a big, long filly," DePaulo said. "Her form doesn't say so, but I swear she's going to be a turf filly, and I think she's going to want to run long. I'm hoping that there's some speed in the race, and that we can pick them up and get the money."

Untouched is the only other entrant in the feature who saw action during the winter. Trained by John Simms, Untouched was a close second in a 1 1/16-mile allowance Feb. 27 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Untouched won 2 of her 13 starts here last year, but the best she could manage in six Polytrack races was a pair of third-place finishes.

In a field lacking legitimate sprint speed, Knocker should be forwardly placed.

Knocker capped her productive 2006 campaign by winning four consecutive races on the Polytrack, including a $50,000 claimer

Dec. 1. Trainer Bob Tiller claimed her from that event and has worked her four times leading up to this race.

Runaway in Love is returning from a layoff of nearly a year and makes her first start for trainer Mark Casse.