11/10/2006 1:00AM

Two fillies seek to boost title hopes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seductively and Strike Softly both have a shot at being a finalist for this year's Canadian champion 3-year-old filly, and a victory in Sunday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes at seven furlongs at Woodbine might bolster their chances.

Seductively won her first stakes on an easy lead going 1 1/16 miles, in the Grade 3 Selene in May. She then finished third in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

Two starts ago, Seductively ran in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette Stakes and finished fifth under Todd Kabel. Black shortened her to seven furlongs for her next start and she prevailed in an optional claimer Oct. 8.

"Todd said to me that he wasn't really sure that she's a two-turn horse," Black said. "I ran her back at seven-eighths, and now our thinking is to stay around one turn with her."

Kabel has opted to ride Strike Softly in the Jammed Lovely. Seductively will be ridden by Gerry Olguin, who was aboard when Seductively breezed a half-mile in 47.40 seconds last Monday.

"She worked really well on the Polytrack," Black said.

Since her seventh in the Oaks, Strike Softly has made four of her five starts on turf, winning the Ontario Damsel and the Carotene. Strike Softly's last race, the River Memories, was taken off the grass and run at a mile and 70 yards on the Polytrack. She was well positioned on the far turn under Kabel, but flattened out in the stretch and finished fifth.

Hugh Chatman, the assistant to trainer Mark Frostad, said Strike Softly had a valid excuse in the River Memories.

"Turning for home, Todd thought he was going to get it all, but then all of a sudden, she dropped her head," Chatman said. "We scoped her after the race, and she bled. She's been training well since then. We've been going lightly with her. We gave her a two-minute [mile] on Wednesday morning to sharpen her up a little. Hopefully, all's well."

Sugar Swirl, trained by Bobby Frankel, ships in from Belmont after fading to seventh in a stakes on the grass. She captured a second-level allowance at seven furlongs in August at Saratoga, earning a 90 Beyer.

London Snow has won two Ontario sire stakes this year, the Lady Angela on dirt and the La Prevoyante on turf. She was second in her only start on the Polytrack.

Maryland invader Homesteader won last out in a six-furlong optional claimer at Laurel.