12/07/2012 3:26PM

Woodbine: Original Script, unbeaten, making stakes debut in Ontario Lassie

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Michael Burns
Original Script won both of her races on the lead.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Original Script puts her perfect record on the line in her stakes debut Sunday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie. She will likely be favored in the 1 1/16-mile event, which drew just five other Ontario-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Original Script, a Chiefswood Stable homebred by Malibu Moon, won both of her races on the lead going 1 1/16 miles, with Beyer Speed Figures in the mid 60s. She dusted maiden special opposition by eight lengths Oct. 13 and then notched a first-level allowance by 3 1/4 lengths Nov. 3.

“From day one, she showed that she had a lot of class and a lot of talent,” trainer Paul Attard said. “She had been working at the farm, and when she worked her first three-eighths for me here, she galloped out five-eighths in 1:02. I was amazed.”

After breaking from the rail, Attard said Original Script showed lots of determination in her debut.

“Every time they came to her, she just opened up,” Attard recalled. “I was a little worried when she made the lead so early, but she had enough talent to keep going.”

Attard said the focus in recent works has been trying to get Original Script to relax early, in order to prepare her fully for the Ontario Lassie, which she has been pointed toward.

“She’s worked three times since her last race,” Attard explained. “The first two, we had her sit behind a horse and finish up with him. The last one, she went by herself, because I didn’t want her doing too much.”

Rutherford Rd has started eight times for trainer Mike Doyle. She missed the board in each of her first three engagements, all in shorter sprints on the Polytrack.

Rutherford Rd woke up on the grass Aug. 24, when she won a seven-furlong maiden special at 20-1. She subsequently ran up the course in the Grade 2 Natalma, a stakes that was won in 2011 by her full sister, Northern Passion.

After ending up second to Original Script on Nov. 3, Rutherford Rd won a slow-paced allowance route with just a 54 Beyer on Nov. 24.

Aunt Els was supplemented for $3,000 by RMC Stable and Norm McKnight, one of the hottest trainers on the grounds. After graduating second time out against $32,000 maidens Oct. 28, she was an explosive winner of a six-furlong allowance Nov. 23, when she earned a 74 Beyer.

Completing the field are Der Bee Buz, Ellesmere Island, and Jean’s a Lady.