06/13/2008 12:00AM

Pierce has strong pair in Zadracarta


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Malcolm Pierce holds a hot hand for the $100,000 Zadracarta, the overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares that serves as the supporting feature Sunday at Woodbine.

Pierce will send out One Across and Lucas Street in the six-furlong Zadracarta, which attracted a field of seven. The two will race as separate betting interests.

One Across, a 5-year-old owned by Mike Ambler and partners, is coming off a solid second-place finish in the Grade 3 Hendrie at 6 1/2 furlongs here May 11.

The Hendrie was the second start of the season for One Across, who was a close second here in her opener.

"She's run pretty well on Polytrack this year, but I think she's even better on grass," said Pierce. "Last year, I thought she was strictly a grass filly."

One Across has started six times on turf, winning both her maiden and a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Lucas Street, on the other hand, will be making her turf debut after winning 3 of her 4 starts this season.

"She's breezed on it quite nicely, and looks like she moves good," said Pierce, who trains the homebred Lucas Street for Melnyk Racing Stable.

After being injured here in 2006 as a 2-year-old, when she was trained by David Bell, Lucas Street joined Pierce at Fair Grounds this winter after missing all of 2007.

Lucas Street won her maiden at 5 1/2 furlongs there while making her first start in more than a year and a half, and then finished fourth as the favorite in a first-level allowance.

Since returning to Woodbine, Lucas Street has looked very sharp while moving through her first two allowance conditions.

"She's been improving; she won her two races here fairly easily," said Pierce. "She deserves a shot in this spot."

Jono Jones picks up the mount on One Across, as Patrick Husbands, who rode both Pierce trainees last time out, sticks with Lucas Street.

Husbands was scheduled to serve the final day of a three-day suspension Sunday, but received permission to ride Lucas Street and complete his ban on Wednesday.

Prophetically, a 4-year-old filly owned by Kinghaven Farm and trained by Ian Black, also will be trying turf for the first time in the Zadracarta.

"She's worked on it a couple of times and handled it well," said Black. "This race is probably a little too short for her, but she'll be running at them."

Prophetically was an impressive winner of her last start, a seven-furlong first-level allowance race here May 10.

Emma-Jayne Wilson retains the mount.