06/09/2010 12:00AM

Casse has solid pair prepping for Charlie Barley


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse's entry of So Elite and King's Command should attract considerable support in Friday's featured fourth race at Woodbine, the prep for the Charlie Barley Stakes. The $91,100 allowance for 3-year-olds is scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass.

So Elite is exiting a third-place finish behind the promising Artic Fern in a first-level allowance. Artic Fern returned to solidify his status as a serious contender for the Queen's Plate with a victory over older opposition in an optional claimer.

So Elite won a seven-furlong maiden special on the Polytrack in his next-to-last outing, earning a 93 Beyer Speed Figure. In his lone grass try Feb. 24 at Tampa, he finished second behind a rival who returned to capture an allowance race at Gulfstream.

King's Command was second in So Elite's maiden triumph, and he overcame traffic problems to win a May 22 maiden special. A well-regarded Empire Maker colt, he is trying the turf for the first time, and is by a pretty good turf sire, but none of his dam's five grass starters won.

Jockey Corey Fraser was named on both Casse runners.

Stormy Lord, one of the leading Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds in 2009, has left the Queen's Plate trail for the grass, on which he performed very well last year.

Stormy Lord graduated first time out going six furlongs on the grass, and the front-runner went on to take the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes, before ending up fifth in the Grade 3 Summer itself. He completed his 2-year-old campaign by running second in both the Cup and Saucer Stakes on turf and in the Coronation Futurity on Polytrack.

In his only appearance this year, in the seven-furlong Queenston Stakes, Stormy Lord didn't respond favorably to rating tactics, and wound up nearly 13 lengths back after stalking a moderate pace.

Jim McAleney retains the mount on Stormy Lord, who has a hot trainer in Ian Black.

Just Call Me Roger made the board in one of his two grass races in February at Gulfstream, and is coming off a third-place finish here in the Wando Stakes.

R Shining Hope won three of his four races, including his turf debut in a six-furlong allowance May 22.

Royal Rage, the only maiden in the eight-horse field, was a distant third in a fast maiden special on the grass May 28.