07/03/2007 11:00PM

You Will Love Me to race on grass in Ontario Damsel


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - You Will Love Me already has been a pleasant surprise this year. Now, after winning the seven-furlong Lady Angela on May 26 and doubling up in a six-furlong third-level allowance on June 8, You Will Love Me is scheduled to try turf for the first time in Sunday's 6 1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel.

You Will Love Me's recent successes came in Ontario-sired company, and the $150,000 Ontario Damsel, for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, looms a tougher assignment.

"I'm quite confident she's every bit as good or better than she's been in her first three races this year," said Earl Barnett, who trains You Will Love Me for owner-breeder Bill Jones. "I'm just not 100 percent sure of the turf."

You Will Love Me has breezed twice on the turf training course since her June 8 victory, going in 48.80 seconds each time under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

"I let her gallop a mile first, then worked her from the half-mile and let her gallop out a strong five-eighths," said Barnett. "The rider said she handled it well. She didn't need hard works. She's in perfect condition."

Ifbutmaybewhen heads co-feature

Barnett also will saddle the probable choice in one of the co-features here Friday, as Ifbutmaybewhen looks like the one to beat in a third-level allowance for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

The $73,500 race attracted a field of six and shares top billing with a $73,500 allowance for Ontario-sired horses that drew a field of seven geldings. Both allowance races go at 1 1/16 miles.

Ifbutmaybewhen, who races for Vivi Hempel, competed in an open first-level allowance for fillies and mares last time out.

That 1 1/8-mile turf race was won by Sprung, a 3-year-old filly who upset the Natalma in her debut last summer, and Ifbutmaybewhen was beaten just a length for second, ending fifth in the field of 10.

"That condition was tough for her," said Barnett. "She really had no excuse.

"She did close, and galloped out so strong. But the pace was a little slow, and when she kicked the others were kicking too."

Ifbutmaybewhen won a second-level Ontario-sired allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on the main track in her next-to-last start.

"She really likes the Polytrack," said Barnett, who has sent out Ifbutmaybewhen to compile a record of 1-1-3 from 5 starts on the surface. "I think this is a good spot."

Boldly Seductive wearing blinkers

Boldly Seductive breezed four furlongs in 47.40 seconds on the turf training course in preparation for the Ontario Damsel.

Fourth in the open Alywow over 6 1/2 furlongs on turf last time out, Boldly Seductive has added blinkers for two subsequent works and will race with them for the first time Sunday.

"She looks at things a lot when she gallops, and she runs a little spotty," said trainer Roger Attfield. "We were worried about trying blinkers because she's so speed-oriented, but we're going to give it a go."

Special day for jockey

Last Sunday's Sweet Briar Too, a $100,000 overnight stakes for fillies and mares, was somewhat lost amidst the major long weekend action. But the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too proved to be a memorable occasion for jockey Matt Moore, who recorded his first stakes victory, aboard Arden Belle.

Moore, 24, was born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, and had worked with Standardbreds before coming to Woodbine in 2002. Don Campbell, who died this spring, took Moore under his wing.

"He'd been with me every step of the way, right from the beginning," said Moore, who spent two months working on the farm before coming in to the racetrack.

"I started rubbing horses," said Moore. "I shed-rowed a few mounts that winter, and started riding lessons on the farm the next fall."

In 2004, Moore began galloping horses here.

"I got on a few, then I stopped," said Moore. "I needed more experience."

Moore resumed galloping the next season and, when Campbell cut back on his stock because of illness, the jockey-to-be performed similar duties for trainers Janet Bedford and Glenn Magnusson.

In the fall of 2006, Moore launched his career under the guidance of jockey agent Al Duffy and recorded his first two wins aboard Arden Belle for Campbell.

After finishing his first campaign with three winners, Moore bagged his fourth and fifth here this April and has added seven more in the interim, five here and two at Fort Erie, heading into Wednesday night's card here at Woodbine.

Arden Belle, owned by the Salt and Pepper Stable of Robert Ross, also was the first stakes winner for trainer Ron Sadler, who took over following Campbell's death.

"Ron was one of the first people Donnie introduced me to," said Moore. "He boarded horses at the farm."

Rainford had concussion

Apprentice jockey Michelle Rainford, who originally was believed to have suffered no more than a strained knee and various scrapes and bruises following a frightening spill in the ninth race here June 21, has undergone additional tests and apparently suffered a concussion.

Rainford, 27, had not ridden since the incident and will be sidelined "indefinitely," according to her agent, Alan Raymond.

"You just can't say with a concussion," said Raymond. "Hopefully, she'll be back in the third or fourth week of this month."

Rainford has ridden 25 winners here this year, good for eighth place in the jockey standings heading into Wednesday's program.

Last year, Rainford recorded 65 wins at the meeting and ranked ninth in that category.