06/26/2007 11:00PM

Dorothy Hazel looks to rebound


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Dorothy Hazel, Saskatchewan's champion 2-year-old filly last season, heads the $6,000 Duchess here at Marquis Downs on Friday.

The Duchess, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of eight.

Dorothy Hazel won divisional honors last year based upon her two stakes victories against her own gender and a strong second in the Prairie Lily Sales Stakes against the boys.

Dorothy Hazel prepped for the Duchess by making her first start against older fillies and mares in a second-level allowance here June 8. After stalking the early pace, Dorothy Hazel faltered in the final quarter-mile and beat just two of nine, finishing almost 14 lengths back.

Dorothy Hazel had only one three-furlong and one five-furlong workout prior to that start, so she may have been short. With her initial outing and a five-furlong workout on June 16, she may be ready to rebound to past form.

Spanish Lace finished 10 lengths behind Dorothy Hazel when third in the Prairie Lily but has won both her starts in 2007.

After being moved up to the win position via disqualification in a half-mile maiden special, Spanish Lace came right back to score over first-level allowance horses on June 9.

Spanish Lace should be forcing the early fractions.

Cat's Rose and Nobody's Rose are dead fit after racing this spring at Stampede Park.

Cat's Rose ran three times this spring before appearing here Juneo16. She was able to get up in the final strides of that race to get a first-level allowance victory.

Nobody's Rose ran four times in Alberta before notching her maiden score at first asking over this oval.