05/21/2010 12:00AM

Queen's Plate focus falls on allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While the spotlight will be on the La Lorgnette Stakes here Sunday, there will be plenty of interest in an open first-level allowance run later on the program.

The field of nine for the 1 1/16-mile race includes Queen's Plate nominees Mobilizer, Artic Fern, and Who We Gunna Call and will serve as an important test on the road to the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here July 4.

Mobilizer, trained by Roger Attfield, has attracted plenty of attention in his two starts.

A homebred who races for Stronach Stable, Mobilizer finished a good third in his Keeneland debut at 1 1/16 miles on April 8 and then won his maiden by a nose here one month later at the same distance.

While Attfield had expected Mobilizer to assert himself more emphatically in that local debut, he did allow that the colt had not scoped cleanly after the race.

Mobilizer had been nominated to next Saturday's Marine, and Attfield also had been considering the June 13 Plate Trial for his next appearance.

The Marine is run at 1 1/16 miles and the Plate Trial at 1 1/8 miles.

"I felt I could probably do two weeks -- three weeks -- three weeks with him, rather than going to the Trial with only two races in his life," said Attfield, of his choice to run Mobilizer back here on two weeks' notice.

Mobilizer will be racing with Lasix for the first time and was treated with the diuretic prior to breezing five furlongs in 1:00 here Wednesday.

Trainer Mike Keogh and owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz have won Queen's Plates with Woodcarver and Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando and hope to get back to the big dance with Artic Fern.

Artic Fern started just once last year, and that outing did not come until Oct. 23.

"He was working nicely, but we had to keep stopping on him, because he kept coming up with shins on us," Keogh said.

Artic Fern finished an encouraging second in that debut and then spent the offseason with Keogh on the Schickedanz spread in South Carolina.

"He did everything good down there," Keogh said.

Artic Fern showed the benefits of that winter in his return to action as he recorded a front-running half-length score in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race here April 17.

Finishing second was the promising Sam-Son Farm runner Dark Cloud Dancer, a Queen's Plate nominee who was debuting there and came back to graduate impressively in his next start.

"He won impressively, and he beat a nice horse," said Keogh, who also believes Artic Fern can handle Sunday's stretchout in distance.

"I think he'll get two turns -- he's by Langfuhr, out of a full sister to Woodcarver," he said. "Hopefully, he'll sit off the pace if he has to, but he breaks like a bullet."

Mobil Unit uncertain for Plate

Mobil Unit, another Schickedanz homebred nominated to the Queen's Plate, currently is touch and go to make the big dance.

"It's up in the air," Keogh said. "We had to take chips out of his knees at the end of last season and we lost a bit of time."

Mobil Unit has started just once at this meeting, finishing fifth in a first-level allowance at six furlongs.

Last year, Mobil Unit was a good fourth in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes over one mile of turf and third in the Cup and Saucer at 1 1/16 miles on the grass before going to the sidelines.

Doyle defends Lady Angela title

Trainer Michael Doyle, who sent out Sans Sousi to win last year's Lady Angela, has a double-barreled threat for Monday's running of the seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Doyle will be attacking the Lady Angela's $125,000 pot with the duo of Shezadozer and Gin Queen, both of whom are eligible for first-level allowance races.

"Those allowance races will always be there," Doyle said. "Hopefully, with a bit of luck, one of them can get to the winner's circle here."

Shesadozer is the most accomplished of the duo to date, having won her maiden first crack out and then placing in restricted stakes in three of her next seven outings while banking $125,250.

Gin Queen graduated in her seventh and last outing at 2 to boost her bankroll to $85,600 after finishing second or third in five of her first six appearances.

Both have started once this season, with Shesadozer finishing third in a restricted first-level allowance at six furlongs on April 9 and Gin Queen ending a close second under the same terms on April 28.

"Both of them have been training great," said Doyle.

Tee Game, a 3-year-old filly whom Doyle trains, was nominated to both the Lady Angela and the La Lorgnette.

Doyle's preference for Tee Game, however, had been a two-turn allowance here Sunday, but when that race failed to fill the filly wound up in the La Lorgnette.

"I'm trying to get her to the Oaks," Doyle said.

The open La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, is the final local stakes stepping-stone to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies on June 13.

Tee Games raced around two turns once in her juvenile campaign, finishing second behind the talented Resentless in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie for Ontario-foaled fillies.

Jimmy Simms works for stakes

Jimmy Simms, who is nominated to next Saturday's Connaught Cup, zipped five furlongs in a bullet 58.20 seconds on the turf training course here Friday morning under jockey Jono Jones. A Kentucky-bred 5-year-old who is trained by Attfield, Jimmy Simms has not seen action since capturing the Labeeb Stakes over one mile of good turf here on Nov. 1.

"He worked nicely," Attfield said. "He might make the Connaught,after that breeze."

The Connaught Cup, which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, is the first turf stakes race of the meeting and will be run over seven furlongs after being a 1 1/16-mile race in recent years.

Attfield also trains Connaught Cup nominees Not Bourbon, Society's Chairman, Passager, and Sand Cove.