04/20/2011 12:50PM

Biofuel targets Hendrie at Woodbine for 2011 bow

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Michael Burns
Biofuel, Canada's Horse of the Year, has had her season debut pushed back to May 14.

Trainer Reade Baker had entertained the idea of running Biofuel in Saturday’s six-furlong Whimsical after watching her breeze five furlongs in 59.40 seconds here last Wednesday. But, Baker has had second thoughts and now is eyeing the May 14 Hendrie for Biofuel’s seasonal bow. The Hendrie, like the Whimsical, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

“She’s going to miss a work this week, because she went too fast the other day,” said Baker, who conditions the Kentucky-bred Biofuel for owner/breeder Brereton C. Jones.

Biofuel, Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, last saw action here Sept. 26 when winning the Grade 3 Selene over 1 1/16 miles.

Milwaukee Appeal to Keeneland

Milwaukee Appeal, who was Canada’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2009, blew out two furlongs in 25.20 here Wednesday morning and then vanned out for Keeneland and Friday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Doubledogdare, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Bred in Ontario by her owner, Eugene George, and trained by Scott Fairlie, Milwaukee Appeal was a close second in Keeneland’s Grade  1 Spinster last fall but then was well beaten over the same 1 1/8-mile distance in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs.

In her only start since then, Milwaukee Appeal never entered contention in the Grade 2 Inside Information over seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park on March 19.

“I wanted to get a race into her,” said Fairlie. “I was going to run her in an allowance race but the race didn’t go, so I ran her in the stakes and they sprinted away from her.”

* Beginning on Friday, Woodbine’s early pick four will offer a guaranteed pool of $50,000 on afternoon cards. On Wednesday night cards, which start next week, the guaranteed pool will be $75,000.