11/13/2007 12:00AM

Wild Gams to give seven furlongs another shot

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wild Gams, coming off a ninth-place finish in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, will be looking to strut her stuff in the Bessarabian here at Woodbine on Nov. 25.

The $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race, is the last stakes of the meeting for the filly-and-mare division, and Wild Gams was slated to check in late this week.

"That's our plan right now," said trainer Ben Perkins Jr., from his Fair Hills, Md., base on Tuesday morning, after he sent out Wild Gams to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.20. "She has run well on Polytrack, and she's ready to run. We thought we'd get one more good start into her this year."

Wild Gams, a New Jersey-bred 4-year-old, had won the Grade 3, six-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America Oaks at Keeneland three weeks before her appearance in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint over the same distance at Monmouth Park

But Wild Gams never got untracked in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup race, finishing ninth of 10 at 11-1 in the sloppy going.

"She runs in glue-on shoes, like a little wider-webbed shoe," said Perkins. "I think she just wasn't able to get hold of the track. She had run with the fillies that were on the board before, and she beat a couple of them. She just didn't run her race at all.

"But, she seemed to come off it okay. That was the important thing."

Wild Gams, 7 for 17 lifetime, has raced as far as seven furlongs just once, finishing ninth in last year's Grade 1 Test at Saratoga.

"We know she's good at three-quarters, and we wanted to have a chance to try her seven-eighths again," said Perkins "With the Breeders' Cup at seven-eighths next year, we'll see how she fits that distance."

Santa Anita, which hosts the Breeders' Cup next year, will be able to card the Filly and Mare Sprint at its originally planned distance of seven furlongs.

Patrick Husbands, the leading stakes-winning rider at the meeting, will ride Wild Gams.

Heading the local opposition for the Bessarabian will be Financingavailable, who won last year's running and is coming off a sharp score in the six-furlong Ontario Fashion here Oct. 8.

Lynch only partially decamped

Trainer Brian Lynch has already shipped 23 horses to Palm Meadows, where he plans have as many as 60 this winter for Stronach Stable.

But Lynch still has plenty of runners here, and on Tuesday he sent out Prairie Fox, Ginger Brew, and Royal Challenger to breeze four furlongs in preparation for upcoming stakes.

Ginger Brew and Royal Challenger went together in 49.80 seconds, while Prairie Fox worked alone in 50.

Royal Challenger was nominated to Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Autumn, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward. But Royal Challenger instead will be heading south with an eye toward the Grade 2, $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap, a 1 1/2-mile turf race at Calder on Dec. 15.

Royal Challenger, a 4-year-old colt, is winless in five starts this year but is coming off a second-place finish behind Eccentric in the 1 1/4-mile Chief Bearhart here Oct. 27.

Ginger Brew, winner of her only start at six furlongs here Oct. 26, is heading for the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies here Dec. 2.

"I know she won sprinting, but I think she's a much better filly going long," said Lynch.

Lynch also is pointing Saffron Rose - who had her number taken down after finishing first in her debut but was the official winner in her second appearance - for the Ontario Lassie. Both of her starts came at seven furlongs.

Prairie Fox, a Florida-bred who won his only start, going a mile on turf on Sept. 28, is heading for the $125,000 Display, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds here Nov. 24.

"I had him on the first load to go to Calder, for a 2-year-old stake on the grass in early December, but he spiked a little temperature so we kept him home," said Lynch.

Dead Red to get synthetic test

Dead Red, prepping for the six-furlong, $125,000 Kennedy Road, went four furlongs in 49.20 seconds here Tuesday under new rider Robert Landry.

"Hopefully, he'll like racing on the Polytrack," said George Mikhalides, trainer and part-owner of Dead Red. "The test is on Sunday."

A 4-year-old gelding, Dead Red shipped up from Calder in September for the Woodbine Mile and has yet to make the return trip.

After finishing 12th in the Woodbine Mile, where he was beaten eight lengths, Dead Red shortened up to six furlongs on the turf for the Grade 2 Nearctic and ended 4 3/4 lengths back as the fifth-place finisher under Eddie Castro.

"He ran a very good race," said Mikhalides, who has been leaving Dead Red here in the care of trainer Ian Black and Black's assistant, Jeff Bowen, while he travels to and from his Calder base.

"Eddie was very keen with him - he came on too early," Mikhalides said. "The company was good - Smart Enough came back to win easily at Churchill Downs."

Smart Enough, who had finished third as the favorite in the Nearctic, won the $115,300 Cherokee Run over five furlongs on turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.