05/17/2009 11:00PM

Hooh Why enjoys road trips


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hooh Why showed she would be a filly to reckon with here at Woodbine last November when she finished a close second facing males in the 1 1/16- mile Display Stakes.

On Sunday, Hooh Why returned as a Grade 1 winner and had all the answers under jockey Emile Ramsammy when she defeated fellow 3-year-old fillies in the $168,600 La Lorgnette at the same distance.

"She's well-traveled, to say the least," said Mark Hoffman, who as Hooh Why's co-owner has accompanied the filly throughout a career which has seen her race at six different tracks in her 12 starts.

"Wherever I go, she goes."

Hooh Why, a Kentucky-bred, became a Grade 1 winner in the 1 1/16-mile Ashland at Keeneland this April but then skipped the Kentucky Oaks with an eye toward the May 23 American 1000 Guineas at Arlington.

"I wanted to try her on turf," said Hoffman, who had shipped Hooh Why to Arlington to prep for one-mile American Guineas in the Double Delta on May 2.

Hooh Why wound up third in the 1 1/16-mile Double Delta, which was taken off the turf, and Hoffman rearranged his sights, entering the filly in last Friday's 1 1/16-mile Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

But, fearing an off track at Pimlico, Hoffman opted to bring Hooh Why back to Woodbine for the La Lorgnette. Hoffman's father, Kenneth Hoffman, has stalls at Fort Erie and was Hooh Why's trainer of record for the La Lorgnette.

"I didn't really want to run her back in two weeks," said Hoffman. "Her blood count was off; she'd had blood problems and her thyroid was a little off during the winter.

"I thought about scratching her but when I took her out and trained her Sunday morning, she was a monster. She told me she was ready to go to work."

Hooh Why now will get a bit of a breather with her next major target being the $200,000 Iowa Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows on June 26.

Tasty Temptation settles for second

Tasty Temptation rallied under rider Patrick Husbands to finish a half-length behind Hooh Why as the runner-up in the La Lorgnette and stamped herself as the probable favorite for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 7.

The Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race, is for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"We were looking for a good race from her to get her to the Oaks, and we have to be very pleased," said Mark Casse, who trains Tasty Temptation. "She's just getting better and better."

Casse added that Husbands was upset with himself, feeling that Tasty Temptation could have won the La Lorgnette.

"At the eighth pole she tried to lug in," said Casse. "He straightened her out, and that cost her some momentum. He thought if he'd just let her run on, she should have won."

Awesome Rhythm to Victoria Park

Awesome Rhythm validated his upset score in the April 25 Wando when he doubled up over the same distance in last Saturday's $150,400 Marine.

Trained by John Ross, Awesome Rhythm was sent off at almost 12-1 in the Wando but was the 9-5 choice under returning rider Jim McAleney in the Marine.

"He ran a huge race last time, coming off a slow pace," said Ross. "Sometimes there's a bounce factor, but for him to run back like that was awesome.

"He came out of it really nice; he's a really happy horse right now."

Ross now will point Awesome Rhythm for the $150,000 Victoria Park, a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds here June 7 which is the last local open main-track stakes for 3-year-olds until the Sept. 27 Ontario Derby.

Ross, however, said he believes he has at least one other option.

"I'm looking forward to working him on the turf, and see how he handles it," said Ross, with a long-term eye toward the $150,000 Toronto Cup, an open 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds here July 11. "From there, we'll have to do some searching."

Longer distance may help Costalivin

Ross also is hoping to get to the Queen's Plate with Costalivin.

Costalivin won his maiden when traveling around two turns for the first time in his last of eight starts as a 2-year-old here Nov. 30.

Returning to action in a seven-furlong first-level allowance for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here May 1, Costalivin ran second behind My Bad, who was coming off a second-place finish behind leading Queen's Plate candidate El Brujo in the six-furlong Achievement.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing him go a mile and a sixteenth right now," said Ross. "I really can tell you he'll enjoy running long. Going seven furlongs, the first time, was a great stepping-stone.

"Depending on how he looks, I'll put him on the path to the big dance."

The $1 million Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run here June 21.

Kaleidoscope Kerri awaits Ballade

In the meantime, Ross intends to send out Kaleidoscope Kerri in the $125,000 Ballade, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares here June 13.

The 4-year-old Kaleidoscope Kerri captured a second-level Ontario-sired allowance at five furlongs in her first start of the season here April 11 and then finished second in an open first-level allowance at six furlongs on May 3.

Michael's Bad Boy earns stakes shot

The first scheduled turf race of the meet was washed out last Saturday but the course was firm on Sunday and Michael's Bad Boy became the first grass winner of the 2009 meeting.

A 6-year-old gelding trained by Nick Gonzalez, Michael's Bad Boy was winning for the second time in as many starts this season. He ran for the claiming price in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer.

Michael's Bad Boy, who also won his last start of 2008, now is 6 for 10 on turf and 9 for 20 overall.

Martha Gonzalez, Nick's wife and assistant, said Michael's Bad Boy now will point for the $125,000 Steady Growth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here June 6.