08/02/2011 10:44AM

Woodbine: Jenny's So Great flaunts sprint prowess in Royal North

Michael Burns
Jenny's So Great wins the Grade 3 Royal North, her first graded victory.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Jenny’s So Great got back to what she did best here on Monday and rewarded her connections with her first graded stakes victory in the $181,200 Royal North.

“She’s really only now found her stride,” said Greg De Gannes, who trains Jenny’s So Great for owners Bill and Vicki Poston. “She wants to be a sprinter on the turf.”

Jenny’s So Great became a stakes winner here last fall in the restricted Carotene over 1 1/8 miles of turf, and hinted strongly at her new preference with a come-from-behind tally this spring in the seven-furlong Zadracarta. After failing to stay the 1 1/8 miles of the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, Jenny’s So Great cut back to six furlongs for the Grade 3 Royal North and scored the most important win of her career.

Jenny’s So Great boosted her earnings past $558,542 with her $120,000 winner’s share from the Royal North, which was enhanced by a $30,000 Ontario-foaled bonus.

And, there could be more where that came from as De Gannes points out that there are three $100,000 overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares remaining on the schedule at distances that would be within his 4-year-old filly’s wheelhouse.

The seven-furlong Belle Geste, restricted to Ontario foals, is scheduled for Aug. 21; the open Avowal, also at seven furlongs, for Oct. 7; and the open River Memories, at one mile, for Oct. 29.

De Gannes said the owners may retire Jenny’s So Great after this year.

“It will be all about putting more money behind her name now,” said De Gannes.

In the meantime, Campbell and De Gannes will be looking to take down a lucrative prize in Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ with Crown’s Path, a homebred who races for Josef Stritzl. The Breeders’, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, is the third leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Unraced at 2, Crown’s Path has started four times in restricted company, finishing second over seven furlongs and then over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack, and winning his maiden over 1 1/8 miles of turf in his last start here July 17. Crown’s Path finished sixth in a June 26 race at 1 1/16 miles when his saddle slipped, De Gannes said.

De Gannes said the distance and surface of the Breeders’ shouldn’t be a problem for Crown’s Path.

“I think it’s a wide open race,” said De Gannes. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Court of the Realm ready for Seagram Cup

Court of the Realm will be seeking his sixth straight win in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Seagram Cup, and he breezed five furlongs in 59.80 on the main track here Tuesday morning.

“He came out of it perfect,” said trainer Peter Berringer, who gave exercise rider Ricky Browne a leg up for the drill. “We’re ready to go.

Court of the Realm, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt, made a winning stakes debut here in the Grade 2 King Edward over one mile of turf last time out.

The Seagram Cup goes at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.

Equipment problem

East Point, ridden by Patrick Husbands, created a furor last Saturday when he won the second race without the paraphernalia worn by the other starters as part of an ongoing study monitoring heart rates and rhythms during competition.

Husbands had expressed unhappiness with the way the equipment was affecting the positioning of his saddle, and frequent attempts to correct the problem were not successful.

Gunnar Lindberg, one of three stewards on duty, gave East Point the go-ahead to race without the equipment. He said a meeting with concerned parties last Sunday appeared to have gone well and no protest is anticipated.

“The monitoring system is apart from the regular rules, and has been wholeheartedly supported by all parties for the betterment of the horse,” said Lindberg. “Certain parameters were laid out, and it was agreed by all parties that the equipment could come off for safety reasons.”

Lindberg added that since jockeys did not weigh in or out with the equipment there was no issue of East Point not having carried the correct weight.