11/07/2011 12:32PM

Woodbine: Future Surprise tries to bounce back in South Ocean Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Future Surprise can probably be forgiven for coming up empty in the open Mazarine Stakes. She should be more effective against Ontario-sired opposition Wednesday at Woodbine in the $125,000 South Ocean Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Future Surprise, a Minshall Farm homebred by Queen’s Plate winner Niigon, has started three times for trainer Barb Minshall. She got a six-week break after finishing a dull eighth in her debut over six furlongs July 23.

Future Surprise is bred to run all day, and she prevailed in a mile and 70-yard maiden special for Ontario-sired stock by four lengths following a layoff Sept. 8.

A month later, Future Surprise stalked a quick pace in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine, before fading to ninth. Rose and Shine, the fifth-place finisher, returned to capture the lucrative Princess Elizabeth Stakes over Dixie Strike and Mazarine winner Blue Heart.

“It was a tough spot,” Minshall said. “She didn’t really fire, either. I don’t think she ran her race. Everything I’ve had out of that family, they’ve all been route horses. She’s fairly tall, but she’s very slight, which also comes with that family.”

Grace Phil debuted in a six-furlong maiden special Oct. 8 and was victorious by 3 1/2 lengths at 14-1, while earning a just 48 Beyer Speed Figure.

“She actually ran better than she worked,” trainer Bob Tiller said. “She didn’t show great speed – just steady works.”

Being by stamina sire Philanthropist, Grace Phil has a license to stretch out.

“I’d be surprised if she didn’t want to go long,” Tiller said. “Most of the offspring of that sire do. She acts like a horse who wants to go on. She’s kind of one-paced.”

Malibu Lady, a daughter of Manitoba Derby winner Weather Warning, graduated at second asking with a 61 Beyer, in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special Oct. 22. Third-place finisher Laeda came right back to score around two turns.

Consecutive was supplemented by trainer Ian Black for $2,500. She led throughout a slow-placed maiden special route Oct. 1 under Emma Wilson, who rode the Black-trained Excaper in a second-place finish last Saturday in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill.

I’veatigerinmytank was a belated third in her last start in the six-furlong Victorian Queen Stakes. A daughter of Mobil, I’veatigerinmytank has a blend of speed and stamina in her pedigree.