11/16/2009 12:00AM

Secret Wish stands out on Beyers


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Secret Wish possesses an edge on her rivals in the Beyer Figure department in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, and she could finally garner her second win in the first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

Secret Wish is a nicely bred 3-year-old by Street Cry, the sire of the brilliant Zenyatta. She won her maiden in an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as Wednesday's race, last December, but is winless in eight starts since then.

The best that Secret Wish could manage during the spring was a pair of third-place finishes, and she was badly beaten in the June 7 Woodbine Oaks. She changed trainers during her summer vacation, going from Jim Day to Liz Charalambous, and was fourth an allowance on the grass when she came off the sidelines Aug. 23.

Secret Wish had traffic problems when third in another turf allowance Sept. 25. She was a close fourth in a two-turn allowance on the Polytrack on Oct. 17, earning her second consecutive 80 Beyer.

Jim McAleney retains the mount on Secret Wish.

Mia d'Cougar is at the end of a productive campaign, during which she finished second in the Ballade Stakes, a June race that came on the heels of a victory in an Ontario-sired allowance.

Mia d'Cougar, trained by Tino Attard, edged out Secret Wish for third in one of her better performances Oct. 17. The unplaced favorite in that race, Red Herring, returned on Nov. 7 to win an allowance sprint, in which Mia d'Cougar finished a flat fourth.

The Chiefswood Stable entry of Flaming Rose and Harlan Express should be well backed.

Flaming Rose showed nothing after getting away slowly when she debuted last April on the grass at Gulfstream. She didn't race again until Oct. 25, when she prevailed in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special. This will be her first start with Lasix.

Harlan Express graduated in her next-to-last outing on the turf at Fort Erie, and rallied mildly for fourth in a nine-furlong allowance on the grass here Nov. 1. Her lone Polytrack attempt was disappointing.

Flashy Got Even was scratched from Sunday's Jammed Lovely Stakes. She won her maiden last month in her 14th appearance.

Ocala Dawn defeated Ontario-sired allowance types with a 68 Beyer in September, but was a non-factor in the Oct. 7 Classy 'n Smart Stakes.