06/20/2003 12:00AM

Harmony Lodge back for more


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Sweet Briar Too and the Charlie Barley, a pair of overnight handicaps, round out the four stakes on the Queen's Plate program at Woodbine on Sunday.

Both races attracted out-of-towners. Harmony Lodge goes in the $108,000 Sweet Briar Too for trainer Todd Pletcher. In the Charlie Barley, the Bill Mott-trained Silver Tree and a Tony Reinstedler charge, Moonshine Hall, were entered.

The Sweet Briar Too goes as the third race and the Charlie Barley as the fourth on the 11-race card.

Woodbine's new racing secretary, Steve Lym, also hung up a pair of allowance races that drew some interesting contestants.

Wake at Noon, Canada's reigning horse of the year and champion sprinter, will go in the eighth race, an $80,900 classified allowance for 3-year-olds and upward at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Cheap Talk, a Sovereign Award sprint finalist last year, and the speedy stakes winner Wild Whiskey also are in the field of six.

Last year's Queen's Plate winner, T J's Lucky Moon, also will see action among eight contestants in a 1 1/16-mile second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward, which goes as the fifth race.

Gigawatt, winner of the Display here in his last start at 2, will be among T J's Lucky Moon's rivals. Gigawatt battled foot problems through the early months of the season and will be making his long-awaited 3-year-old debut.

Early Wisdom, winner of the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin here last fall, also will be making his first start of the year in the race, which carries a $74,400 purse.

Harmony Lodge, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred, is coming into the Sweet Briar Too off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Genuine Risk at Belmont May 11. She is a multiple stakes winner.

A winner of 6 of 14 career starts and $315,320, Harmony Lodge also finished third in the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont in July 2001 after scoring impressively under allowance terms here that spring.

Harmony Lodge gets in with 115 pounds and will be ridden by Eibar Coa, who is in town for the mount on Rock Again in the Plate.

El Prado Essence, runner-up in the Sweet Briar Too last year and unbeaten in two starts here this year, including the 6 1/2-furlong George C. Hendrie, is the 124-pound highweight. She will have her share of supporters, as will Brass in Pocket and Winter Garden, who have won local stakes this year.

But an entrant who could make her presence felt at a price is Mulrainy, a Sovereign Award finalist in the 3-year-old filly division last year who has yet to put her best foot forward in three starts this season.

Tom O'Keefe, who trains Mulrainy for Wings of Erin Farm, expects that to change Sunday.

"She needed those races," O'Keefe said. "Now she's at her peak, and I think she's really good at seven-eighths of a mile. I'm expecting a big race out of her."

Mulrainy turned in what was probably the best effort of her career here last year in winning the Grade 3 Duchess at seven furlongs, in a field that included three American invaders.

Silver Tree, a homebred owned by Peter Vegso, could rule as the favorite in the Charlie Barley. The colt is perfect in two starts on turf, winning his maiden and capturing a first-level allowance, each over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream.

Moonshine Hall, owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, also will be well-backed after his showing last out in the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup, over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Churchill Downs. He finished fourth, beaten six lengths by winner Senor Swinger but ending up just a half-length out of second.