11/16/2011 12:10PM

Woodbine: Kiss in the Forest ideally drawn for allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Kiss in the Forest is drawn outside the other speed in Friday’s seventh race at Woodbine, which could give her an advantage in the six-furlong allowance for 2-year-old fillies.

Kiss in the Forest placed in all three of her starts for trainer Mark Frostad. She led the way before weakening to third in her Aug. 1 debut, and subsequently finished third again after flashing speed, in another six-furlong maiden special on the grass.

Following a layoff on Oct.16, Kiss in the Forest stalked an out-of-control leader before taking control early in the stretch, and then coasted home on top by daylight. Her six-furlong time of 1:11.32 on Polytrack translated into a 60 Beyer Speed Figure.

Emma Wilson will ride Kiss in the Forest, who figures to track Quality Lass and Quit Worrying on the backstretch, before making her move.

Quality Lass, trained by Mark Casse for West Point Thoroughbreds, will likely be favored off her fourth-place finish in the Fanfreluche Stakes.

Quality Lass checked in fourth behind three nice prospects in her first start in the July 17 Shady Well Stakes. Three weeks later, she romped by seven lengths in a maiden special sprint, earning an 81 Beyer.

Quality Lass set the pace for a half-mile before fading badly in the Sept. 17 Natalma Stakes, over a mile on the grass. The third horse in that Grade 3 event, Stephanie’s Kitten, subsequently took the Grade 1 Alcibiades and the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

“She broke her maiden like a good horse,” said Casse. “Then, I took her to Saratoga, but I didn’t think she handled the track very well there, so I brought her back, and we gave her a shot on the grass. It was just beyond her comfort zone.”

Quality Lass set the pace in the six-furlong Fanfreluche, before sagging in the final sixteenth, receiving just a 47 Beyer in the race for Ontario-breds.

Quit Worrying made both of her starts over 4 1/2 furlongs in the spring for trainer Ralph Biamonte. She held a clear lead throughout her opener, before getting nailed on the wire by stablemate Rose and Shine, who is now a double stakes winner. She went on to wire maiden special opponents with a 58 Beyer.

She’s Got Tube toppled $62,500 maidens at 17-1 in her third and most recent appearance in September.

Genes Northernstar has struggled in stakes company, since graduating at first asking. Her lone allowance try going seven furlongs resulted in a fourth-place finish.