06/03/2001 11:00PM

Pair of fillies could go to Queen's Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While Win City reasserted his dominance over his fellow males in last Saturday's Plate Trial at Woodbine, it is quite possible a serious Queen's Plate challenger could emerge from this Saturday's Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

Dancethruthedawn, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, is the horse to beat in the $500,000 Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Both Dancethruthedawn and Penny Perfect, who also is trained by Frostad but is owned by Bob Anderson and Rod Ferguson, could earn berths in the June 24 Plate with strong performances Saturday.

Dancethruthedawn, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth here last fall, launched her current campaign with a good allowance victory at Keeneland. The filly then finished 12th in the Kentucky Oaks but emerged from that race with cuts on a leg and has worked very well since returning to Woodbine.

Penny Perfect, unplaced in her debut at Keeneland in April, was a convincing winner over 1 1/16 miles here May 5. She then ended a troubled fifth at the same distance in the Grade 1 Selene, the race in which the undefeated Sam-Son filly Treasureinmyhand suffered fatal injuries when breaking down on the first turn.

Gary Boulanger has the mount on Dancethruthedawn. Todd Kabel is to ride Penny Perfect.

Others eyeing the Oaks, with probable riders, are Chamul, David Clark; Dancen in the Sun, Mickey Walls, Devastating, Frank Todd; Go for Champagne, Constant Montpellier; Kisbey, Patrick Husbands; Langano, Dino Luciani; Niki Nikininedoors, Gerry Olguin; Quick Blue, Emile Ramsammy; Regal Snicker, Na Somsanith; and Turner's Hall, Robert Landry.

Regal Snicker and Kisbey both drilled over a "good" main track here Monday morning. Regal Snicker went seven furlongs in 1:28 under Somsanith and Kisbey covered six furlongs in 1:14.80 with Husbands up.

Go for Champagne worked six furlongs in 1:14.40 on a "good" main track last Saturday while Niki Nikininedoors went a half-mile in 49.20 seconds on a muddy surface Sunday.

Montpellier, Boulanger granted stays

Jockeys Constant Montpellier and Gary Boulanger have been granted stays of suspensions issued by the stewards here last week after both lodged appeals on the weekend.

Montpellier had been handed a three-day ban for careless riding in last Friday's seventh race. The stewards ruled Montpellier had allowed his mount, fourth-place finisher Bar U Mokwa, to strike the heels of 10th-place finisher Bold Engagement during the run around the far turn.

Boulanger had been suspended for five days for indiscriminate use of his whip. The stewards ruled Boulanger had struck his mount, Hit the Road Beau, on the belly several times during the stretch run of last Thursday's fourth race.

Hit the Road Beau finished second there, beaten a neck by Balancethebudget. Jake Barton, who rode the winner, was fined $300 for indiscriminate use of his whip after the stewards ruled he hit his mount several times in the flank, causing small welts.

Everyone's got a new title

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), formerly known as the Ontario Jockey Club, has announced several changes in both its management structure and the composition of its board of directors.

Jake Howard, who had served as chairman of the OJC since 1999, has been named honorary chairman of WEG while David Willmot, formerly president and chief executive officer of the OJC, is chairman, president, and CEO of the company.

Jim Ormiston, recently executive vice president of the OJC, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of WEG while Nick Eaves has had his status upgraded from vice president to senior vice president of marketing and gaming to senior vice-president.

The 15 people elected to WEG's board of directors include newcomers Ernie Eves, former finance minister of the Ontario government as a member of provincial parliament for the Progressive Conservative Party.

* Brian Ross, assistant trainer to Mike Doyle for the last seven years, has embarked on a new career as a jockey agent. Ross is booking mounts for Nik Goodwin, who began his career at Assinboia Downs and had a successful stint in Maryland before moving his tack here this spring.

* The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has agreed to a marketing partnership for the Durham Cup here this fall. The Grade 3 handicap will run as the Woodbine Slots Durham Cup on Oct. 7.