04/08/2010 12:00AM

Biofuel returns after a long winter

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Unraced since her troubled fourth in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Biofuel returns in Saturday's $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine. The Star Shoot is a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

Biofuel was voted co-champion 2-year-old filly in Canada last year, along with Grade 1 winner Negligee, who sideswiped Biofuel in the stretch run of the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Biofuel was in the midst of a strong wide rally before she was bumped hard at the eighth pole. She still closed for fourth in a race trainer Reade Baker thought she might have won with a clear path.

Baker said Biofuel was given the winter off because of what happened in the Breeders' Cup.

"She got jarred up, so we took some time to let her recover," he said. "We were hoping to make the Kentucky Oaks, but we couldn't do that, so we're going to start here and then go to the La Lorgnette."

The $150,000 La Lorgnette is a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies here May 23. Biofuel scored an impressive win at 1 1/16 miles in October, in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes.

Trainer Mike Doyle, who has won the Star Shoot a record six times, sends out Bodua and Tee Game.

Bodua captured the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes in October. She has been idle since fading to ninth Nov. 15 in the Glorious Song Stakes and worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in the winter.

"She's done everything that we've asked from her at this point," assistant trainer Brent Harris said.

Tee Game placed in two stakes at 2. She spent the winter in Ontario and had been scheduled to run Friday in an allowance race, which failed to fill.

Harris said Tee Game worked a sharp six furlongs in 1:12.20 last Saturday with jockey Slade Callaghan aboard.

"She's doing excellent," Harris said. "I don't think she lost much fitness."

Wild Forest Cat figures to lead the way as one of the favorites. Trained by Steve Asmussen, she has finished first or second in each of her four outings, including a narrow loss in the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes at Churchill.

Rounding out the field is Sharp Secretary, who won an allowance sprint in her last appearance here Nov. 22.