05/25/2006 12:00AM

So far so good for London Snow


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer John Charalambous ended a 10-year stakes drought when Summer Girlfriend captured the Star Shoot on April 30 here at Woodbine.

Now, less than four weeks later, Charalambous has a shot at his second straight stakes victory when he sends out London Snow in Saturday's $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by Fred Martin, London Snow was victorious in her career debut at 2, winning at five furlongs here July 1.

London Snow ran fourth in her next start, which came against Ontario-sired fillies in the six-furlong Nandi on Aug. 6. She then finished second in the Muskoka, a seven-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies, before her campaign was cut short by injury.

The $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race that will be run this year on June 11, is the ultimate goal for a Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly, and London Snow is no exception.

"When your long-term goal is the Oaks, everything has to fit into place," said Charalambous, who had London Snow start up early this January at Bill Graham's nearby Windhaven Farm.

London Snow did not see action until May 6, when she came from off the pace for a smart 2 3/4-length score in a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired fillies.

"That was a good place to start her," said Charalambous, who was pointing London Snow for the Lady Angela. "I was going to run her before that, but everything wasn't quite 100 percent.

"She ran well; I was really happy with the way she ran. I'm not sure about the Oaks yet, but we're ready for Saturday."

Summer Girlfriend strictly a sprinter

Summer Girlfriend, owned by the Equilease Racing Stable of Allen Abbott, is a Kentucky-bred 3-year-filly whose stakes opportunities here are limited.

"There isn't a lot for her," Charalambous said. "She's in good shape, but I still don't know what I'm going to do with her. I'm definitely not stretching her out, though."

Summer Girlfriend earned her third win from five starts in the six-furlong Star Shoot and has yet to travel beyond that distance.

Soul Rebel possible for Steady Growth

Charalambous has another stakes candidate in Soul Rebel, a 4-year-old gelding.

Soul Rebel, an impressive debut winner at 1 1/16 miles here last Oct. 5, followed up with a first-level allowance win at that distance here Nov. 30.

After wintering on the nearby Kingview Farm of his owner and breeder, Richard Day, Soul Rebel ran his streak to three with a second-level allowance score at seven furlongs here May 19.

Soul Rebel has recorded all of his wins in Ontario-sired company and could make his stakes debut in the $125,000 Steady Growth, a 1 1/16- mile Ontario sire stakes for 3-year-olds and upward here June 10.

"He's a good horse," said Charalambous. "I don't know if he's ready for the kind of horses he'd run against in the Steady Growth, but you can't win if you don't buy a ticket."

Seductively steals Selene

Seductively and jockey Gerry Olguin stole the show in the $283,000 Selene Stakes here Wednesday night, leading throughout most of the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Angel on Watch, the 4-5 favorite in a four-horse field, led briefly after the break but was soon overhauled by Seductively, who set uncontested fractions of 23.72 seconds, 48.25, and 1:12.23.

Top Notch Lady was lapped onto Angel on Watch all the way in a stalking position on the outside, and both were gaining ground in the final furlong, but Seductively held on to score by three-quarters of a length.

Angel on Watch wound up three-quarters of a length ahead of Top Notch Lady. The final time was 1:44.48.

"When I looked back on the first turn, I saw they were far back, so I tried to slow her down," said Olguin. "When they came to her, I let her out a notch. She had been training very well, and she finally showed up."

Seductively ($16.60) earned $187,500 for Kinghaven Farm and trainer Ian Black.

Because of the scratches of Like a Gem and Sudsy Baby, there was no show or triactor wagering in the Grade 3 race, which was postponed from last Sunday when the latter part of that card was canceled due to high winds.

Seductively now will point for the Woodbine Oaks. The last three winners of the Selene - Gold Strike, Eye of the Sphynx, and Too Late Now - all repeated in the Oaks.

Road trips for Attfield turf duo

Trainer Roger Attfield plans to have two for the road this weekend, with Noble Stella entered in Saturday's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont and Pellegrino slated for Monday's Grade 3 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Noble Stella and Pellegrino both won Grade 3, 1 1/2-mile turf stakes during the closing week at Keeneland and have been working well at Woodbine. The Sheepshead Bay and Louisville are both 1 3/8-mile turf races.

Mike Smith will ride Noble Stella for the first time, while Shaun Bridgmohan retains the mount on Pellegrino.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink