05/14/2002 11:00PM

Perennial longshot keeps plugging away toward Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Anglian Prince will be well under the sonar coming into Saturday's Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

But that's just fine with his trainer, Mort Hardy, who has watched Anglian Prince go off at 30-1 or better while competing in the first three stakes stops on the Queen's Plate trail for owner Leonard Prussky.

"Since last fall, the Queen's Plate's always been my plan," said Hardy, who sent out Anglian Prince to win his maiden over 1 1/16 miles of sloppy going in his sixth and final start as a 2-year-old. "I've always thought he was a nice horse."

Anglian Prince opened up his current campaign with a seventh-place finish in the six-furlong Achievement and then ended a closing second in the six-furlong Woodstock, beaten 8 3/4 lengths at 64-1.

Last time out, in the seven-furlong Queenston, Anglian Prince sat off a wicked pace and then flattened out in the stretch run, finishing fourth but only 3 3/4 lengths back at almost 40-1.

"I think in his last race, when we saw them out there, we went after them a little too soon," said Hardy, who believes Anglian Prince will be able to relax in the early going as he moves back out around two turns.

Jim McAleney will ride Anglian Prince for the first time in the Marine. Hardy said that if all goes well, the partnership will remain in place for the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 1 and the 1 1/4-mile Plate on June 23.

Mare ready to meet males

Hardy also plans to be represented in Sunday's New Providence, with Mysterious Affair slated to face males in the six-furlong race for Ontario-sired horses.

Mysterious Affair, a multiple stakes-winning 5-year-old mare who also is owned and was bred by Hardy, is coming off a rare sub-par effort in last Sunday's George C. Hendrie, where she faltered to end 13 lengths back as the fifth-place finisher in the field of six.

"I don't really know what happened; it was just one of those things," said Hardy, adding that the sloppy going and extremely fast pace could have been factors and Mysterious Affair seemed none the worse for the experience.

"I'm going to run her right back. If she throws another craps, I'll take a really good look at her."

Unbeaten filly ships in for Selene

Monday's Grade 1 Selene, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, is shaping up as a highly entertaining event.

See How She Runs, a Kentucky-bred who is undefeated in her first four career starts at Oaklawn Park this year, including the Grade 2 Fantasy at the Selene distance, checked in last Friday and is stabled with trainer David Bell.

Wednesday, See How She Runs drilled five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 seconds on a main track rated "good."

See How She Runs is trained by Donnie Von Hemel and owned by the Pin Oak Stable of Josephine Abercrombie. Don Pettinger, the filly's regular rider, is scheduled to be here for the Selene.

Ginger Gold, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly and beaten three-quarters of a neck as the runner-up when making her seasonal bow in the seven-furlong Fury here May 5, also has her sights set on the Selene.

Owned by the Jim Dandy Stable of Mel Lawson and trained by Sid Attard, Ginger Gold originally had been slated to proceed directly to the Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here June 8.

Ginger Gold worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under jockey Patrick Husbands Wednesday.

"She went nice and easy, and came back really good," said Attard. "I was very happy."

The Selene field also is expected to include another shipper in First Again and a newcomer to the local circuit, in Whiletheiron'shot.

First Again is owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Elliot Walden, who sent out Briarcliff to win the Selene in 1996. A Florida-bred, First Again is coming off a fourth-place finish as the odds-on choice in the National Jockey Club Oaks, run over 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy Sportsman's Park surface.

Whiletheiron'shot, a Kentucky-bred owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, won first crack out over six furlongs at Fair Grounds in February and is coming off a second-place finish, where she was beaten a head, in a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance race at Churchill Downs.

The filly worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 Wednesday.

Locally-based contenders for the Selene include Lady Shari, Kentucky-bred winner of the Grade 1 Mazarine over 1 1/16 miles here last fall, who worked five furlongs Wednesday in 1:02.80; Spanish Decree, winner of the seven-furlong Lady Angela in her last start here; and Mulrainy, who placed in the Mazarine and Princess Elizabeth last year.

Gonetofarr awaits Oaks

Gonetofarr, who defeated both Ginger Gold and Mulrainy when winning the Fury in her last start, is bypassing the Selene and will head straight to the Oaks.

The filly, owned by George Farr and trained by Reade Baker, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.80 Wednesday under regular rider Jim McAleney.

"She was just cruising," said Baker. "Everything's good."

Wake at Noon preps for Met Mile

Wake at Noon, a 5-year-old owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Abraham Katryan, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 under regular rider Emile Ramsammy on Wednesday and remains on target for Belmont's May 27 Met Mile.

"He worked very well," said Ramsammy. "He seems very happy; he's really matured this year, as an older horse."

* Jockey Gerry Olguin will be eligible to return Sunday after sitting out a three-day suspension this week. He was also fined $300 for excessive use of the whip while riding Jazzbit in the eighth race here May 8. Jazzbit finished second but was disqualified and placed fourth.

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