09/14/2011 3:30PM

Woodbine: Bay to Bay fits better in Canadian than Woodbine Mile

Michael Burns
Bay to Bay, winning the Nassau over soft turf in June, will run against fellow fillies and mares in Sunday's Canadian.

Bay to Bay, who also is slated to see action this weekend at Woodbine, was nominated to both the Woodbine Mile and to Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares which is her preferred destination.

"It’s going to be a tough field,” said Lynch, who conditions the Florida-bred 4-year-old Bay to Bay for owner Rob Smithen. “But, I wouldn’t trade places with anybody.

“She’s got no excuses. She’s going into the race as good as she’s ever been. I’m really happy with the way she’s training, the way she’s working.”

Bay to Bay, a model of consistency with a record of 4-5-2 from 13 starts, won the Grade 2 Nassau over one mile of turf in her local seasonal bow on June 4.

After next finishing a troubled second in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles, Bay to Bay journeyed to Saratoga and ended a bang-up third in the Grade 1 Diana over the same distance of grass.

“She was blocked in traffic in the Dance Smartly,” said Lynch “And, she was sort of a victim of circumstances at Saratoga.

“There was a filly who was lone speed, and she pressed her, which is not the way she likes to run. I’d like to get her a chance to sit back out of it.”

Welch will ride Bay to Bay for the first time in the Canadian.