07/26/2010 1:54PM

Three Canadians liven up Lake George


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Fifteen 3-year-old fillies – including eight stakes winners – were entered for a contentious renewal of Wednesday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes as Saratoga begins its first full week of racing.

There are horses coming from New York, Kentucky, New Jersey and Germany coming for this 1 1/16-mile race – which is limited to 12 starters – but a trio of fillies who arrived here on Monday from Canada look intriguing.

Bay to Bay has been saddled with the outside post for her third straight race, but she won the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington and finished second to a loose-on-the-lead Strike it Rich in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth, in her last two starts.

Trainer Brian Lynch is concerned about the outside post on the inner turf course, but he is hopeful that the presence of speed in the field will set things up for his late-running filly.

“She’s in top form, she’s just getting better and better with racing, I’m looking forward to getting this one in her and then come back for the Lake Placid,” said Lynch, referring to the Grade 2 race here on Aug. 22. “I’d love to see it on the main turf course instead of that inner turf course. She is in good order, so we’re hoping for good luck.”

Roger Attfield sent down Perfect Shirl and No Explaining. Perfect Shirl is out of the Grade 1 winning mare Lady Shirl, making her a half-sister to stakes winners Shakespeare, Lady Shakespeare, and Fantastic Shirl, the last of whom won the De La Rose here in 2007.

Perfect Shirl has gone 2 for 2 since getting Lasix, but Attfield believes there is something else that made a bigger difference.

“We were having big problems with her at the gate,” Attfield said. “Once we got that sorted out she’s run well ever since. She’s got some talent for sure.”

No Explaining is 2 for 3 since coming under Attfield’s care and she appears to be one who would prefer to sit back and make one run.

Christophe Clement seeks his fourth Lake George victory with Strike it Rich, who has won three consecutive races this year. She may have a tough time getting loose on the lead in here.

Caminadora rallied from last in a 12-horse field to win the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill for Todd Pletcher at 32-1. She too would benefit from a contested pace.