11/14/2011 1:26PM

Woodbine: Weekend Romance looking for old form in Jammed Lovely Stakes

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Michael Burns
Weekend Romance is the horse to beat in Wednesday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Weekend Romance appears to have found a cozy spot Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $150,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes, a seven-furlong sprint that drew just five other Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Weekend Romance won her first three 2011 outings, all in Ontario-sired company, earning a Beyer Speed Figure in the low 80s on each occasion.

In her June 12 season opener, Weekend Romance won a six-furlong allowance on Polytrack by 6 1/2 lengths. She romped again from just off the pace June 30, in her turf debut in a seven-furlong allowance. In the seven-furlong Passing Mood Stakes on the grass July 23, she went right to the lead and set fast fractions before holding on for a half-length tally.

Weekend Romance was favored in the Sept. 10 La Prevoyante, but she failed to stay a mile on turf in that Ontario-sired stakes and wound up fifth under Luis Contreras. Trainer Catherine Day Phillips said she felt that Weekend Romance wasn’t thrilled with the course condition that day.

“The turf was a bit soft and chewed up at that point,” Day Phillips recalled. “Luis said she wasn’t that comfortable on it. Her previous races were on quite hard, summer turf.”

Weekend Romance met older second-level optional-claiming opposition in a recent Polytrack sprint, and finished second after surrendering the lead in the stretch.

“She ran super to be second,” Day Phillips said. “It showed that she’s getting back to her old form. Hopefully, she can build on that race.”

After taking nine tries to earn her diploma, Bubbles to the Top won three in a row in the summer for trainer Mike DePaulo. She graduated over six furlongs in her first turf start June 22 and went on to capture back-to-back Ontario-sired allowance sprints on the Polytrack.

Bubbles to the Top lost a heartbreaker in the La Prevoyante, in which she held the lead in late stretch before getting nailed on the wire by the 70-1 bomber Reconnect. She is coming off a flat fourth-place finish as the favorite in first-level allowance on the Polytrack.

Forrest’s Mist, Dulce Esparenza, and Wonderfully were all supplemented for $3,000 apiece.

Forrest’s Mist won her maiden second time out traveling 1 1/16 miles and then doubled up despite skipping a condition in a nonwinners-of-three Ontario-sired allowance route Oct. 21.

Wonderfully won her last two outings, against $50,000 maidens and $40,000 conditioned claimers. Like Forrest’s Mist, she is trained by Mark Casse.