07/14/2002 11:00PM

Spanish Decree back at favorite trip


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lady Angela Stakes winner Spanish Decree should be well backed Wednesday at Woodbine in the featured Passing Mood Stakes, a seven-furlong turf sprint for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Spanish Decree won the April 21 Lady Angela at seven furlongs going away, a race that came on the heels of her easy maiden victory in her first start of the year.

She then finished sixth with a wide trip in the Grade 1 Selene Stakes, and was second in the Apelia Stakes.

Owner/trainer Frank Huarte put Spanish Decree on the turf last time in the 6 1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel Stakes, and she ran a respectable third after stalking a fast pace.

Spanish Decree will run at the Lady Angela distance again on Wednesday, with Constant Montpellier picking up the mount.

Rounding out the field for the $130,375 Passing Mood are TinturnAbbey, Heyahohowdy, Yaella, Brass in Pocket, Rosharon, and Oh Livia D. Trainer Bob Tiller entered the coupled entry of Oh Livia D. and Brass in Pocket, but only plans on running one of them.

"We're going to take a closer look at the race, and then decide who we're going to run," Tiller said.

After graduating on April 12, Oh Livia D. finished a nonthreatening second in the Lady Angela. She went on to win her second attempt in an Ontario-sired allowance on June 7, and was third as the favorite most recently in a June 22 allowance.

"I might have run her back a little soon," said Tiller, regarding Oh Livia D.'s flat June 22 effort. "She drew the one-hole and got buried on the fence. She got behind horses and started climbing."

Oh Livia D., who has yet to compete on the grass, is by a superb turf sire in Ascot Knight.

"We've been looking to run her on the grass," said Tiller. "I think she'll like it. She might want to run longer on the turf."

Brass in Pocket romped home on top by seven lengths over a muddy track when she debuted in a six-furlong maiden special. She subsequently finished third in the six-furlong Apelia, and has worked quickly heading into this engagement.

"She's in good order," said Tiller, who named Dino Luciani on both fillies at the draw.

Heyahohowdy has run three solid races in three starts for trainer Norm DeSouza, the most recent being an allowance score on the grass, for which she earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure.

Like Brass in Pocket, Heyahohowdy is by Domasca Dan, who is predominantly a dirt sire. Shane Ellis retains the mount.

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