ETOBICOKE, Ontario &ndash; Trainer Mike DePaulo had two of the better nominees for Wednesday&rsquo;s $125,000 South Ocean Stakes, Bubbles to the Top and Zee Beauty, but he is running only Zee Beauty in the 1 1/16-mile event for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.\r\nZee Beauty rallied for fourth when she debuted Aug. 6, and then finished second six weeks later in a slow six-furlong event. Most recently Oct. 16, she showed more speed than usual in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired fillies, and won by four lengths in a time that earned her a Beyer Speed Figure of 60.\r\n&ldquo;She&rsquo;d had a little problem with a quarter crack, and I got to train her a little better for her last race,&rdquo; DePaulo said. &ldquo;She worked real well going into it, and ran tons better. She&rsquo;s coming around.&rdquo;\r\nBubbles to the Top is a maiden after five starts, but she has not been worse than fourth in four stakes outings. She wound up fourth after saving ground over an outside-biased track Oct. 30 in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;m giving her a break,&rdquo; said DePaulo. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been going pretty hard with her. I probably should have waited for [the South Ocean], but she figured in the Princess Elizabeth.&rdquo;\r\nOther contenders for the South Ocean include Sagatiba and Dreamy Moonlite.\r\nSagatiba graduated second time out in a mile and 70-yard maiden special for Ontario-sired fillies Oct. 20, winning by 7 1/4 lengths, with a Beyer Figure of 58.\r\nDreamy Moonlite ran big against tougher Ontario-breds last time in the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes, in which she came inside over an outside-favoring track to finish second. This will be her first attempt around two turns.\r\nButler thinking big with record-setter\r\nThe English filly Pachattack ran them off their feet in a track-record-breaking performance Saturday in the $186,000 Maple Leaf Stakes.\r\nPachattack led all the way in the 1 1/4-mile event, scoring by 5 3/4 lengths in a time of 2:02.18, which was 1.29 seconds faster than the previous record set last year by Helicopter. She registered a 99 Beyer.\r\nPachattack, who was exiting a belated fifth-place finish on the grass in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, was sharper than usual Saturday with the addition of quarter-cup blinkers. She was winless in three Polytrack starts in England, but trainer Gerard Butler was adamant that she&rsquo;s better on synthetics, even before the Maple Leaf.\r\n&ldquo;She had a very good run back in April, and she trains [on synthetics] on a regular basis, like she did here the last few weeks,&rdquo; Butler explained.\r\nButler said Pachattack is through for the year, but she might return here next year with bigger fish to fry.\r\n&ldquo;After a performance like that, you might take on the boys in some of the bigger races,&rdquo; Butler said. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s done that before.&rdquo;\r\nButler plans on shipping Dansant here for the closing day feature, the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes at 1 3/4 miles Dec. 5.\r\n&ldquo;He was one of the main all-weather horses in Europe the last few years,&rdquo; said Butler. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s dropped a peg or two now. He&rsquo;s going to run in the Valedictory, and the plan is to give him to Roger Attfield after, and he&rsquo;ll winter down at Payson Park. He&rsquo;s been a very good servant for us. I think he&rsquo;ll love this track. A mile and three-quarters is no problem for him.&rdquo;\r\nStrike Oil &lsquo;exciting&rsquo;\r\nStrike Oil won his maiden race at 14-1 in Sunday&rsquo;s $252,400 Coronation Futurity, despite running greenly on end in the nine-furlong test for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.\r\nStrike Oil trailed the 11-horse field midway on the far turn, before commencing a wide rally under Luis Contreras, and he prevailed by three-quarters of a length after lugging in late. He completed the distance in 1:52.10.\r\nStrike Oil is owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse, the same owner-trainer duo that sent out Delightful Mary to finish third in Saturday&rsquo;s Grade 1 Breeders&rsquo; Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill.\r\n&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been very high on him,&rdquo; said Norm Casse, who is Mark Casse&rsquo;s son and assistant. &ldquo;The expectations were there. He&rsquo;s really well bred. He&rsquo;s an exciting horse to have.&rdquo;\r\nCitius may stretch out\r\nTrainer Ralph Biamonte said Citius, who was victorious in the Nov. 3 Frost King Stakes, could run back here Nov. 27 in the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.\r\nWith Omar Moreno aboard, Citius rallied along the inside from last in the seven-furlong Frost King to win by a head over his more fancied stablemate, front-runner Altius. Citius returned $21.20 in his first victory, and earned a 71 Beyer for completing the distance in 1:23.37.\r\n&ldquo;If he keeps acting the way he is, then it&rsquo;s worth a shot,&rdquo; said Biamonte. &ldquo;Omar said that he relaxes, and the Old Foresters should go long.&rdquo;\r\nCitius and Altius are both sons of leading Ontario freshman sire Old Forester. Both were bred by Biamonte, who said Altius is less likely for the Kingarvie.\r\nBiamonte also won a 2-year-old allowance route last Friday with Report Card Time, who has been put away for the year.\r\n&ldquo;He&rsquo;s still learning, and he has to grow into himself,&rdquo; said Biamonte.