11/25/2002 12:00AM

Susan Gracey can rebound


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Susan Gracey, who was overmatched in the Jammed Lovely Stakes, should get back on track in Wednesday's Woodbine feature. She's entered in a six-furlong allowance for nonwinners-of-two races other than maiden, claiming, or restricted.

Susan Gracey blew away her maiden special weight opponents by 13 lengths in her lone 2-year-old start last fall, but never came close to duplicating the effort during the spring. She won her return from a layoff in a preliminary allowance on Sept. 21 while earning an 85 Beyer Speed Figure, a number identical to her 2-year-old speed figure.

Susan Gracey showed that she could handle yielding turf when she lost a six-furlong allowance by a neck on Oct. 13. Most recently in the seven-furlong Jammed Lovely, she was beaten 19 lengths after she broke awkwardly and raced wide.

David Clark has the mount aboard Susan Gracey, who is named for trainer Phil Gracey's wife.

Completing the seventh race field are Once Upon a Twine, Embossed, Ending Well, and the entry of Mighty Dixie and Devil's Reason.

Once Upon a Twine should be competitive off her recent entry-level allowance score over favored Smart Choice, who returned to win. A durable daughter of Twining, she was previously second in a key $40,000 conditioned claimer, in which victorious Acting Deputy exited to win an allowance race.

Leading rider Patrick Husbands has the return call on Once Upon a Twine.

Embossed, a late runner, finished a non-threatening sixth in the Jammed Lovely and snapped out of a slump by winning both of her October outings for trainer Mac Benson.

Mighty Dixie has maintained good form throughout the meet for trainer Lorne Richards, who teamed up with jockey Jim McAleney to capture the Grade 3 Bessarabian Handicap with Sheila's Prospect last Wednesday.

Mighty Dixie has hit the board in each of her last four starts, including a stalking third-place finish over a speed-conducive track at this level two weeks ago.

Devil's Reason is making her local debut after running eight times this year at Hastings Park. She beat $50,000 claimers in June and rarely runs a poor race, but has insufficient Beyers for this caliber of competition.

Ending Well is stakes placed, but winless in seven starts this year, having tailed off since running second at this level on Sept. 14.

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