05/14/2009 11:00PM

Hooh Why looks to relax in La Lorgnette


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Grade 1 stakes winner Hooh Why ships in from the United States to contest the $150,000 La Lorgnette Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.

Hooh Why was scratched from Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in favor of the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette.

Hooh Why has started 11 times at six tracks throughout North America. She won an allowance here in October and subsequently finished second against males in the Display Stakes.

Hooh Why was beaten a head in both the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and the Sunshine Millions Oaks last winter. She ran the race of her life in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland in April, leading throughout to prevail with a 90 Beyer Speed Figure.

Hooh Why was favored most recently in the Double Delta Stakes at Arlington, but she faded to third after getting softened up in a speed battle. She had been running with half-inch cup blinkers, which she will shed Sunday.

Trainer Donna Dupuy believes Hooh Why isn't a need-the-lead type.

"She came from off the pace in the Sunshine Millions," Dupuy pointed out. "When she broke her maiden, she was last turning for home."

Despite a steady workload, Dupuy said Hooh Why appears none the worse for wear.

"She tries pretty hard everywhere she's been, but she's one of those horses who bounces back pretty quick," Dupuy said.

Milwaukee Appeal is one of several entrants prepping for next month's $500,000 Woodbine Oaks. Milwaukee Appeal was slow to come around last year. She began her campaign in maiden claimers but was able to cap her season with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie Stakes.

"She kept getting better during all of last year," trainer Scott Fairlie said. "She matured mentally."

Milwaukee Appeal picked up right where she left off in her season

opener in the six-furlong Star Shoot Stakes. She made a four-wide bid from just off the pace on the turn and then drew clear in the final furlong.

Fairlie was tickled with Milwaukee Appeal's comeback performance. "She was absolutely awesome," Fairlie said. "I didn't expect her to show that much speed, but the pace was very slow."

Woodsmoke is unbeaten in two starts, including a front-running score in the seven-furlong Fury Stakes here May 3. She could be the pacemaker after breaking from post 10 in the 11-horse field.