06/06/2001 11:00PM

Blowout potential in Oaks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancethruthedawn has all the right credentials to blow away her 11 rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, formerly the Canadian Oaks.

Dancethruthedawn displayed brilliant form in 2000, beating eventual champion juvenile filly Poetically in both of their meetings, and had excuses in her only poor effort this year in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. She is a daughter of Mr. Prospector and Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, which makes her a full sister to the 2000 Queen's Plate, winner Scatter the Gold.

Dancethruthedawn's connections - Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad - captured the 2000 Oaks with Catch the Ring.

Few things went Dancethruthedawn's way during her disappointing 12th-place finish in the May 4 Oaks at Churchill Downs, according to Frostad.

"She was a little rough in the gate," said Frostad. "She wasn't settled, and somewhere in the race she sustained a cut on her back leg. She got bumped pretty badly on the first turn, and just didn't get to run her race."

Frostad was noncommittal about running Dancethruthedawn back against the boys in the June 24 Queen's Plate.

"She'd have to run a super race to warrant a trip to the Plate," Frostad said. "I'm just worried about this one. I want to get it out of the way."

Gary Boulanger, who rode Dancethruthedawn to victory in the 2000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, has the mount.

Frostad will also sent out Penny Perfect in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Penny Perfect, owned by Anderson Farm and Rod Ferguson, graduated second time out in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special May 5 while earning a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 84. She was fifth after being interfered with on the clubhouse turn most recently in the Grade 1 Selene Stakes.

"You just have to throw that last race out," said Frostad. "She's come back to train well. She's a big, strong filly, and she'll get the trip."

Chamul has yet to finish worse than second in her three starts, all in sprints. After posting a neck loss in her debut at the Fair Grounds, she won her maiden by coming from off the pace here in the six-furlong Star Shoot Stakes.

Chamul didn't seem to fire her best shot last time out while finishing a distant second in the seven-furlong Fury Stakes, dropping 11 Beyer points off the 89 she earned in the Star Shoot.

Doyle believes the Oaks distance is within Chamul's range.

"She acts like she'll go long," Doyle said, "but we won't really know until she does it."

Belmont shipper Quick Blue is also untested around two turns. Trained by Linda Rice, she has been competitive in some tough allowance events this spring and could be most successful front-runner in the Oaks field.