05/11/2007 12:00AM

Hide and Chic primed for run in Hendrie


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Malcolm Pierce made no secret of the fact that Hide and Chic might not be on top of her game when she made her seasonal bow in the Grade 3 Whimsical here at Woodbine on April 15.

"I'd wanted to get a prep race into her," said Pierce, who had last raced Hide and Chic here Nov. 4. "But, it just didn't happen. We ran out of time."

Hide and Chic ran beyond Pierce's expectations, however, as she rallied from just off the pace to finish a clear second in the six-furlong, $125,000 Whimsical. On Sunday, Hide and Chic will have another half-furlong to work with as she takes on Whimsical winner Seductively and six other fillies and mares in Grade 3, $125,000 Hendrie.

"I'm happy with the way she is right now," Pierce said. "She had a good work here last Sunday.

"She's on target for the Hendrie; she should make another good showing of herself."

Hide and Chic, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old, was sent here to Pierce last summer and won the Royal North on turf and the Seaway on Polytrack in her first two starts before shipping to Keeneland for a second-place finish in the Thoroughbred Club of America.

Pierce had a second Hendrie nominee in She's Indy Money, who won under second-level allowance terms when making her local debut over seven furlongs here April 22.

"There's no sense racing her there, for the same owners," Pierce said. "She has a condition left; I think we'll take it one step at a time."

56 eligible for Queen's Plate

A total of 56 horses remained eligible for the $1 million Queen's Plate as of May 1, the final payment date.

The nominees include five horses who are newly eligible to the Canadian Triple Crown series as of that date, including the interests of Reata's Rocket, Quiet Jungle, Ice Bear, Song Shan, and Teacher Boyne who all anted up $5,000 to have their names added to the list.

Reata's Rocket, trained by Joe Orseno, was entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby at 1 1/16 miles, which was to be his Queen's Plate prep.

Quiet Jungle, a filly trained by Mark Frostad, was a winner of a first-level allowance in her local debut and is pointing for the June 10 Woodbine Oaks.

Ice Bear, trained by Mac Benson, is a maiden after three starts and was fourth when making his seasonal bow in a first-level allowance at seven furlongs here May 5.

Song Shan, trained by Brian Lynch, and Teacher Boyne have yet to start.

Entry-day supplements for the Queen's Plate also are available for the first time at a cost of $25,000, including the $12,500 entry fee.

The Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run here June 24.

44 nominees for Woodbine Oaks

Nominations for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks also closed May 1, and a total of 44 Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies remain eligible for the 1 1/8-mile race.

The Woodbine Oaks list includes Street Sounds, Christies Treasure, Dance to My Tune, Love You Crazy, Pugilistic, and Its Notenought, all of whom were added at a cost of $2,500.

Street Sounds, trained by Michael Matz, has won stakes races in her last two starts and is not scheduled to start at Woodbine until the Oaks.

After capturing Laurel's Selima over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf last fall, Street Sounds returned to action at Keeneland this spring with a win in the Grade 2 Beaumont over about seven furlongs.

Christies Treasure, trained by Todd Pletcher, has started five times, with all of her races coming on the turf. She won a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles in her last start at Keeneland on April 11. Christies Treasure is nominated to the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here May 20, but is not expected to compete.

Dance to My Tune, trained by Dave Cotey, won her maiden over 1 1/16 miles here May 4, upsetting the highly-regarded first-time starter Dance With Doves, and is slated to uses the Selene as her stepping-stone to the Oaks.

Love You Crazy, trained by Reade Baker, finished third in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie here in her second and final start at 2. She returned with a third-place finish in a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs on April 22.

Pugilistic and Its Notenought are unraced.

Entry-day supplements for the Woodbine Oaks are available for $12,500, including the $5,000 entry fee.

It's a Danzig wins maiden

It's a Danzig, a Queen's Plate candidate trained by Rebecca Maker, won his maiden over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

It's a Danzig finished second in each of his first three starts while competing on dirt at Arlington, turf at Hawthorne, and Polytrack at Keeneland.

Julie Bell, Woodbine's stakes manager, said It's a Danzig has been nominated to the Plate Trial. The $150,000 Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run here June 3.