10/30/2003 12:00AM

Sharp Miss makes her local debut in Jammed Lovely


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It isn't often that fresh blood turns up this late in the season for a race such as the Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong stakes for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here Sunday.

But Sharp Miss will make her local debut in the Jammed Lovely, which has attracted a field of 12 and is worth $171,300.

Bred in British Columbia, Sharp Miss began her career with a victory for $35,000 at Hastings and later moved on to Golden Gate, where she won for $25,000 in February before being claimed for that price in her next start.

Sharp Miss won five races for those connections. The highlight was the $45,490 Fairfield Stakes at the Solano County Fair in northern California, where she zipped six furlongs in 1:08.80.

After the Fairfield, Sharp Miss returned to Bay Meadows, where she scored in her turf debut and was claimed for $50,000. She then journeyed to Santa Anita, where she finished sixth over the hillside turf course and again was claimed. This time the price tag was $62,500, with trainer Bill Spawr dropping the claim on behalf of owner Roddy Valente.

At Santa Anita on Oct. 21, Sharp Miss drilled four furlongs in 46 seconds, the best of 37 works over that distance. Last Thursday she arrived at Woodbine, where she is being trained by Dave Dwyer.

"She's doing good," said Dwyer, who has been a friend of Valente since meeting the New York-based owner years ago at Saratoga. "I think she'll be tough in there."

Byzantine to have last local race

Sunday's card also will include the final two turf races of the season, the Labeeb and River Memories stakes. Both are $100,000 races over one mile, with the Labeeb for 3-year-olds and upward and the River Memories for fillies and mares.

Byzantine won the River Memories last year, and was entered to defend her title. But she is also among the entrants for Saturday's Maple Leaf Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile race on the main track that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $196,350.

Either spot would represent the local swan song for Byzantine, who is slated to sell at Keeneland on Wednesday.

"Obviously, she's a wonderful broodmare prospect," said trainer Bruce Pollock, who has saddled Byzantine for 34 of her 37 career starts.

Byzantine, a 7-year-old by Quiet American out of the Vice Regent mare Regent's Fancy, was bred by her owners, Tony and Jennifer Monk, who race as Royal Oak Farm.

While the 2002 River Memories was Byzantine's first stakes victory, she has placed in four other stakes and earned $497,190, compiling a record of 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 8 thirds while regularly knocking heads against the best in her division.

Byzantine had been entered in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes here Oct. 19, but she was scratched. "She had a small foot bruise," Pollock said.

Chopinina works for Matriarch

Chopinina, a 5-year-old mare who is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Sept. 14 Atto Mile, worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 here Thursday and is slated to make her next start in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

Richard Dos Ramos, who rode Chopinina for the first time in the Atto Mile, was aboard for the drill and has the call for the $500,000 Matriarch, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Nov. 30.

Silver Bird drills five furlongs

Silver Bird worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 here Thursday in preparation for next Sunday's $125,000 Glorious Song. Regular rider Jim McAleney was aboard for the drill.

Owned by Jim McAlpine and trained by Reade Baker, Silver Bird ran second last time out in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies. The Glorious Song, an open filly race, goes at seven furlongs.

"She came out of her last race in just fantastic condition," Baker said. As for the Glorious Song, he said, "I think she'll run super."

My Vintage Port stalks and wins

My Vintage Port stamped herself as the leading candidate for the Sovereign Award as this year's champion 2-year-old filly with a three-length victory in the $133,125 South Ocean Stakes here Wednesday night.

My Vintage Port assumed a stalking position along the rail under jockey Jono Jones, as longshots Paniemoniam and Proper Manners battled through moderate fractions of 23.91 and 48.56 seconds in the 1 1/16-mile event.

My Vintage Port joined Paniemoniam on the lead and went on to prevail in 1:47.35. Sheer Enchantment closed to finish 3 1/4 lengths behind Paniemoniam in third in the eight-horse field of Ontario-sired fillies.

Trainer Ken Parsley owns My Vintage Port with Richard Pettifer. "My horse rises to the occasion," said Parsley, adding, "That's probably it for her for the year. She's done everything we've asked."

My Vintage Port returned $4.20 as the favorite and earned $79,875 in her third consecutive stakes win.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink