06/07/2013 9:24AM

Woodbine: Spring Venture back on the grass

Tom Keyser
Spring Venture won her career debut at seven furlongs and her second start, the Grade 2 Natalma, at a mile on grass.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Spring Venture disappointed in her local seasonal debut, finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Selene at 1 1/16 miles.

On Sunday Spring Venture will be looking to redeem herself as she moves back to the turf for the Alywow Stakes, an open 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a field of nine.

“I wish it was a little farther, but she’s 2 for 2 on the turf at Woodbine,” said trainer Mark Casse, who sent out Spring Venture to win her career debut at seven furlongs and taking her second start, the Grade 2 Natalma at one mile on the E.P. Taylor course.

Joel Rosario picks up the mount on Spring Venture from the injured Patrick Husbands, who was aboard for her turf wins and in the Selene.

“Patrick said she wouldn’t run, and when she started running at the half-mile pole she tried to prop,” said Casse. “So he screamed and yelled at her, and she took off again.

“She did that in Ocala as well. She made the lead, then propped, then kind of took off and still won the race.”

That success came in the 1 1/16-mile Ocala Breeders’ Sales Championship for 3-year-old fillies on a synthetic surface.

“She’s her own worst enemy,” Casse said. “She has so much ability. Patrick said if she tried, then nobody can beat her. You just never know what she’s going to do. She always throws something new at you. We’re going to try her in full-cup blinkers, see if that helps a little.”

Spring Venture, the 123-pound highweight, will break from the outside post. Her stablemate, Jadira, will be making her local debut in the Alywow

Leinan, trained by Josie Carroll, is the only other stakes winner in the field, having captured the six-furlong Inaugural Stakes over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs last time out after winning the seven-furlong Glorious Song Stakes on Polytrack here last year.

Carroll, however, does not see the change of surface as a negative for the Kentucky-bred.

“She ran well on the turf here last year,” said Carroll, who had sent out Leinan to finish a close second in a first-level allowance race at seven furlongs on grass prior to her Glorious Song score.

Luis Contreras retains the mount on Leinan, who will carry 120 pounds and break from post 3. Carroll also will saddle Leigh Court for the Alywow.

Rounding out the field will be Overheard and Nadurra, both stakes-placed on turf; Akron Moon, a recent maiden winner on grass; Cabo Queen, a first-level allowance sprint winner in her latest; and Savvy Hester, coming off a second-place finish behind Leigh Court in a first-level allowance sprint on Polytrack.