08/25/2011 11:00AM

Woodbine: Anne's Beauty switches to turf for Ontario Colleen


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Up-and-coming trainer Paul Attard will seek his third Woodbine stakes win in the past month when he sends out Anne’s Beauty in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Colleen.

Anne’s Beauty captured the seven-furlong Duchess Stakes on Polytrack as the favorite July 30, when she earned a career high 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

“Seven-eighths on the Poly is probably her best trip,” said Attard, who also won last Saturday’s Eternal Search Stakes with Niigon’s Touch.

In the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen, Anne’s Beauty will travel a mile on the grass, the surface on which she ran third in her debut at 2. She finished fifth after encountering traffic in her only other turf try two races back in an optional claimer.

“She had the one-hole in the first start of her life,” Attard recalled. “We had to rush her to the lead, and she got a little tired. A couple of starts ago, she had a terrible trip against some nice older fillies, and was only beaten about four lengths. She was stuck on the rail, and had nowhere to go.”

Ten other 3-year-old fillies were entered, including the lightly-raced Poof Too, who is unbeaten on the grass.

Poof Too rallied inside to win her debut in a maiden special weight sprint last September. She was injured when a distant third on Polytrack on Oct. 9 in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes.

“She got a conduylar fracture in the Mazarine,” said trainer Mark Frostad. “It took a while to get her back, but she’s good now.”

Following a nine-month layoff July 16, Poof Too won a 6 1/2-furlong allowance on firm turf with an 82 Beyer. She has since worked twice over the turf training course.

“The prep for this race didn’t go, so we went straight into it,” said Frostad.

My Redbyrd won her first stakes July 30 in the one-mile Hattie Moseley at Saratoga, earning an 81 Beyer. She has been based at Belmont with trainer John Terranova.

Summer Savory, trained by Mike Stidham, comes off a runner-up placing in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs. She won her maiden and a first-level allowance at her Arlington base in the spring.

Our Lady in Red is also shipping in from Chicago, and this will be her turf debut. She was a fading fourth in the Duchess, a month after winning a restricted stakes at Arlington.

The Roger Attfield-trained Smart Sting rallied wide for fourth in the nine-furlong Virginia Oaks. She checked in third in each of her two previous outings, most notably the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill.

Embarr took the minor Brookmeade Stakes over a mile in her last appearance at Colonial, where she graduated over $16,000 maidens in June.

Hoi An and Mendocino Beano finished third and sixth, respectively, going 1 1/4 miles here July 31 in the Wonder Where Stakes.

My Perfect Ten never threatened in the Duchess, but was victorious in a grass allowance in her next-to-last start.