05/23/2010 11:00PM

Biofuel pointing to Mother Goose


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sunday's $167,800 La Lorgnette was designated as Biofuel's launching pad toward a campaign that would see her take on the best of her division in the United States.

After watching Biofuel score by a measured length under regular rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette for 3-year-old fillies, her trainer, Reade Baker, was ready to begin making travel plans.

"We want to run her in the Mother Goose," said Baker, looking toward the Grade 1, $250,000 stakes over

1 1/16 miles at Belmont on June 26. "I thought she was magnificent. She's a very special filly."

Biofuel, a homebred, races for former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones, who was not only visiting Woodbine for the first time but had never touched upon Canadian soil before arriving here last Saturday evening.

"I'm not much of a traveler," said Jones, while acknowledging that he had journeyed to Santa Anita to watch Biofuel finish a hard-luck fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last November.

Biofuel had no such traffic troubles here in the La Lorgnette as she trailed the field of seven before circling wide late on the far turn and sweeping by the leader, Ernfold, in midstretch.

While her final clocking of 1:45.49 yielded a rather modest Beyer Speed Figure of 82, the slow pace was a mitigating factor.

"She's just a great horse; she was much the best," Da Silva said.

"There was no pace, but I was never worried. When we made her move, I knew she was going to fly by them"

While Biofuel would be making her first start on dirt in the Mother Goose, she does most of her training over the dirt training track here.

"She's worked better on the training track than she has on the main track here," said Baker, in an opinion that was seconded by Da Silva.

Ernfold was no match for Biofuel but solidified her credentials for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred fillies on June 13.

"I thought it was a great race for her," said Roger Attfield, who took over as Ernfold's trainer this year after she raced for Baker in 2009.

Ernfold, under regular rider Jim McAleney, had stalked the pace under restraint before assuming command on the far turn.

"That was a very nice filly that beat her," Attfield said. "I'm very happy with her.

"It was a weird-run race. I didn't really want to see her on the lead

before she turned for home. But it was such a slow pace, I was glad

Jimmy showed some gumption to go on with her."

Allowance may play role in Plate

Attfield also sent out the runner-up in Sunday's eighth race as Mobilizer was beaten by 2 1/4 lengths in a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance for 3-year-olds that had implications for the July 4 Queen's Plate.

A homebred colt who races for Stronach Stable, Mobilizer fell victim to the front-running Artic Fern, who was stretching out for the first time in his third career start after graduating over 6 1/2 furlongs in his seasonal bow.

Mobilizer also was making his third appearance after finishing third at 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland in April and winning over the same distance here May 8.

Artic Fern, ridden by David Clark, finished in a final time of 1:44.07, which yielded an impressive Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"I was really pleased with him," said Mike Keogh, who trains the homebred Artic Fern for Gustav Schickedanz.

"He did all the donkey work. He was a little green down the lane, but I liked the way he galloped out."

Attfield, with a tip of his hat to the winner, also found positives in Mobilizer's performance.

"He had a wide trip; he gave a fair bit of lengths away," Attfield said. "But the other horse was much better, inside the eighth pole.

"It was a race towards a goal; I wanted to get this race into him, to go into the Plate Trial in three weeks."

Artic Fern also will be eyeing the $150,000 Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here June 13.

The $1 million Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for the same set, goes July 4.

Attfield wins first stakes of meet

Attfield recorded his first stakes win of the meeting with Impossible Time in last Saturday's $126,200 Ballade, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Impossible Time, a 5-year-old ridden by Jono Jones, was coming off an eight-length score here in an open six-furlong entry-level allowance and was registering her fifth win in a sporadic career of just 10 career starts.

"I always thought she was special," Attfield said.

"When she was 2, she chipped a knee, but other than that it's just been silly stuff that's stopped her. Hopefully, we can put a racing season together for her now."

Attfield has not yet mapped out a campaign for Impossible Time, who earned a career-high 90 Beyer for her 1:08.79 clocking, but he can see both two-turn racing and turf in her future.

"She ran a mile a couple of times at Gulfstream this winter but she wasn't well prepared for those races," said Attfield, who sent out Impossible Time to finish third and fifth while competing under third-level allowance terms around one turn there.

"I'd love to see her on turf. And, I don't think she has to stay with

Ontario-breds, either."

Embur's Song impresses in win

Embur's Song thrust herself into the Woodbine Oaks picture with an impressive, front-running 3 3/4-length score under Chantal Sutherland in a first-level allowance race Saturday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Embur's Song earned a 98 Beyer while finishing the 1 1/16 miles in an impressive 1:42.44 in just her second career start.

In her debut at Keeneland on April 17, Embur's Song led throughout to score by 13 1/4 lengths in an about seven-furlong maiden race.