09/05/2013 12:24PM

Woodbine: Strut the Course, Victoria Beebe try turf in La Prevoyante


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Strut the Course will try to transform her improving form to the grass Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile route for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Strut the Course, a daughter of the graded turf stakes winner Strut the Stage, seemed poised to have a good year after romping in her season opener in a seven-furlong allowance. She could only manage fourth as the favorite on May 25 in the seven-furlong Lady Angela Stakes, but then rebounded with a closing third in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes.

Strut the Course’s last race in the restricted Eternal Search was her best. She rallied strongly on the outside in that 1 1/16-mile stakes to win going away, while putting up an 82 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Barb Minshall said she has reason to believe that Strut the Course will handle the grass, over which she has yet to compete or work.

“I would think that she’ll like it,” Minshall predicted. “She’s by Strut the Stage. She’s light on her feet and a beautiful mover. She gets over the ground easily. She’s in great order.”

Victoria Beebe also is experimenting on the grass, in her second start of the year. Her Aug. 14 comeback in an Ontario-sired allowance was forgettable, but she crushed $20,000 maidens going long on the Polytrack in her final 2-year-old outing.

Victoria Beebe’s trainer, John Ross, swept a pair of $200,000 2-year-old stakes for graduates of local yearling sales Aug. 28. He said he was pleased with her five-furlong breeze in 1:01.80 around the cones over the turf training course Aug. 30.

“I got a good work into her,” Ross said. “She skipped over it good. She’s half-sister to Quite a Knightmare, who was stakes-placed on the grass.”

Dancing Bay rallied from far back for third in her only turf start going seven furlongs in the July 13 Passing Mood Stakes and then came back to run third in the Eternal Search. Her trainer, Brian Lynch, won last Sunday’s Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga with Five Iron. Bangla Dancer recently found her calling on the grass, over which she won back-to-back six-furlong allowances against Ontario-sired opposition in August.

Professor’s Ride rallied for fourth after getting away slowly in her first turf attempt in the restricted Passing Mood. She led until the last jump when second in a one-mile allowance Aug. 5.

Silent Love and Silent Star, two daughters of leading Ontario sire Silent Name, also were entered, along with Primordia. D C Love Bug was supplemented for $2,500.