05/16/2006 11:00PM

Sprightly brings Fla. form


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sprightly, fresh off a successful winter campaign in Florida, will likely be favored in Friday's Woodbine feature, a second-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for a mile on the grass.

Sprightly, trained by Brian Lynch for Stronach Stable, won her maiden here second time out in October before finishing a prominent second in the Dec. 10 Cherokee Frolic Stakes at Calder. In a subsequent allowance at Gulfstream, Sprightly prevailed by a nose under Jerry Bailey after being steadied on the first turn and bumped in deep stretch. Last time out, in the $60,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes Feb. 19, she wound up fifth after a wide trip.

Lynch has three wins with just eight starters at the meeting. He is 0 for 4 when using journeyman rider David Clark, who is aboard Sprightly on Friday, but three of those runners hit the board.

Nottawasaga, a $700,000 yearling purchase by Deputy Minister, looks next best in the feature off her recent allowance victory over the Keeneland turf. She earned an 80 Beyer Figure for covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.20, which is the same number Sprightly got in her Gulfstream score.

Nottawasaga failed to fire in her two previous allowance outings, at Keeneland and Gulfstream, but managed to split the field when fifth in the Jan. 1 Tropical Park Oaks at Calder. Good turf rider Jono Jones will get a leg up from trainer Eric Coatrieux on Nottawasaga.

Vestrey Lady and Motel Dancing have yet to try the turf, and neither possesses much grass breeding.

Vestrey Lady ran twice at Gulfstream. She was second behind India in an allowance sprint in February, and set a rapid early pace before retreating in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes in March. Vestrey Lady finished second in a five-furlong allowance here opening day. She led throughout a subsequent seven-furlong allowance, winning comfortably with an 83 Beyer.

Trainer Reade Baker said Vestrey Lady has an unorthodox running style. "She runs with her head near the ground," Baker said. "It's very efficient, but it's weird to watch."

Motel Dancing had a productive 2-year-old campaign. She won twice and was placed third in the Grade 3 Mazarine BC Stakes. In her lone appearance this year, in the six-furlong Star Shoot Stakes, she closed for fourth after trailing in the six-horse field on the backstretch.

Motel Dancing is trained by Dave Cotey, who won two races on Sunday.

Our Madison, victorious in the Dec. 4 Ontario Lassie Stakes, is also in the seven-horse field.