09/24/2009 11:00PM

Tell It As It Is looking to end skid


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tell It As It Is, a stakes winner here on both turf and Polytrack, has yet to find the range this year but could remedy that oversight here in Sunday's $100,000 Flaming Page.

The Flaming Page, a $100,000 overnight stakes for fillies and mares, will go over 1 1/2 miles on the turf and has attracted a field of 10.

Tell It As It Is won the Tattling over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf and the Maple Leaf over 1 1/4 miles of Polytrack last year and ran very well when closing out her campaign with a third-place in the Grade 2 Falls City over 1 1/8 miles of dirt at Churchill Downs.

But Tell It As It Is, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old, is winless in five starts this year and finished last when making her last start in the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone on Aug. 15 under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"I still don't think she really likes the Poly, even though she won the Maple Leaf on it," said Jim Smith, who trains Tell It As It Is for owner Richard Lister. "When I make her train on it, I think she goes sour. She's gone back to training on the training track and now she's happier."

Tell It As It Is will be traveling beyond 1 1/4 miles for the first time in the Flaming Page but did win back-to-back races at that distance on the turf course here as a 3-year-old.

"It's a whole different ball game," Smith acknowledged. "I guess she's just going to have to stay with the pack and kick in the last part. It doesn't look like there's much speed in there. It should be a European-style race."

The Flaming Page has attracted some interesting newcomers in Avie's Tale, who will be making her first start for trainer Josie Carroll, and Jazz Jam and Desertstormelite, both of whom are slated to ship in from Fair Hill, Md., for trainer Graham Motion.

Avie's Tale, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old who is owned and was bred by Ivan Dalos, has raced in Grade 3 turf stakes at 1 3/8 miles in her last two outings and is facing easier here.

Robert Landry will ride Avie's Tale for the first time.

Jazz Jam, a 4-year-old who was bred in England, was a listed stakes winner on Polytrack there and finished fifth last time out in an overnight stakes over 1 1/2 miles of turf at Saratoga..

Desertstormelite, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, won a second-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Philadelphia Park last time out.

Leading rider Patrick Husbands has been named on both Motion runners, who would race as separate betting interests.

Forest Uproar works for Carotene

Forest Uproar breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the training turf course here Friday in preparation for next Sunday's Carotene.

Working in company with regular rider Robert Landry in the irons, Forest Uproar galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.20.

The $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, is restricted to Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, and Forest Uproar is coming off a solid third in the open Ontario Colleen over one mile on the grass.

"She should look good in there," trainer Mark Frostad said. "She was only beaten a neck for second last time and she was closing."

Sutherland to ride in Hong Kong

Chantal Sutherland, who entered Friday's card as the second-leading rider at the meeting with 94 victories, has accepted an invitation to compete in this year's Cathay Pacific International Jockeys Championship in Hong Kong.

The annual event will take place at Happy Valley Race Course on Dec. 9, and Sutherland will stay on for the major International Day card at Sha Tin Race Course on Dec. 13.

"I'm so excited," said Sutherland, who will leave after closing day here Dec. 6. "I want to go so badly."

Sutherland will be representing Canada in an international competition for the first time. Locally based Emma-Jayne Wilson competed in the 2007 event at Hong Kong and stayed to ride there over the winter.

Sutherland also is featured in a seven-page spread in the current edition of Hello! Canada, a weekly entertainment and lifestyle magazine.

A series of photos, all taken at Woodbine, feature Sutherland in some very unracetrack-like attire that in several cases is supplemented by combinations of her riding helmet, vest, goggles, and whip.

Three of the photos show Sutherland with Chief, who is the stable pony here for trainer Greg De Gannes.

Sutherland, 33, also continues to appear in the second season of "Jockeys," the docudrama that airs on Animal Planet.

Resentless waiting for Mazarine

Resentless, a promising 2-year-old filly trained by Ian Howard, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 here Friday morning.

Although she is nominated to Saturday's $125,000 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies, Resentless will be reserved for the 1 1/16 mile Mazarine.

The Grade 3, $250,000 Mazarine, an open race for 2-year-old fillies, will be run here Oct. 10.

"I want to try two turns with her," said Howard, who sent out Resentless to win a restricted seven-furlong maiden race in impressive fashion in her second career start.

The $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Oct. 31, is a long-term target for Resentless.

Howard also plans to enter the streaking Bogue Chitto in Wednesday's $100,000 King Corrie, a six-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-olds and up that would require a field of at least five to be carded.

"I don't know who's going to be in there, but he's in very good shape," Howard said.