05/09/2002 11:00PM

Madame Roar's second coming


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Madame Roar rolled into Woodbine six weeks ago from her Maryland base and embarrassed the locals with a front-running, six-length victory in the five-furlong La Voyageuse Handicap.

Madame Roar will try to turn the trick again, this time going 6 1/2 furlongs, in Sunday's $162,450 George C. Hendrie Handicap, a Grade 3 race for fillies and mares.

Madame Roar hasn't done much wrong since her owner, SJB Stable Trust, sent her to trainer Tim Ritchey last fall. She subsequently won three optional claimers at Delaware and Laurel, and was then shipped here to trainer Frank Passero Jr.'s barn for the La Voyageuse.

Madame Roar earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106 in the La Voyageuse, which was the highest Beyer Figure awarded thus far at the meeting. She was sent back to Ritchey after the race, and has been working up a storm at Delaware Park in recent weeks.

Assistant trainer Gino Passero, who saddled Madame Roar for the La Voyageuse, said the Hendrie is plan B for her.

"They were planning on running her in a Grade 2 race at Belmont," said Passero, referring to Sunday's Genuine Risk Handicap. "When Xtra Heat showed up in that race, they opted to come here instead. They want her to get some graded stakes credentials."

Passero said another Woodbine engagement is under serious consideration for Madame Roar, who will become eligible for a Sovereign Award if she makes three starts in Canada this year.

Also in the Hendrie lineup are Mysterious Affair, Ruby Park, El Prado Essence, Dreams Go Bye, Feathers, and Quiet.

Mysterious Affair, the 124-pound highweight, finished second in the La Voyageuse in her return from an extended layoff. Last time out, April 13, she earned a career-high Beyer of 99 capturing the Whimsical Stakes for the second straight year.

Owner-trainer Mort Hardy said he bypassed the allowance prep for the Hendrie with next Sunday's New Providence, an Ontario sire stakes, in mind.

"I might run her back," Hardy revealed. "She gets a weight concession. I couldn't run her in the prep, this race, and in the New Providence. It's just too close. We'll see how she runs here and how she comes out of it, and then we'll see who's in the other race before we make a decision."

Quiet, like Madame Roar, is a 4-year-old by Roar. She will be making her stakes debut for trainer Christophe Clement, who saddled her in back-to-back allowance victories at Gulfstream in February and March.