04/07/2010 11:00PM

Resentless won t run in Star Shoot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario With an eye toward the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, trainer Ian Howard said Resentless will take a pass on Saturday s Star Shoot, a six-furlong stakes that is the first local stepping-stone to the Oaks.

The Oaks is a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies June 13.

If we re going to go to the Oaks, then sharpening her up to run six furlongs wouldn t make sense, Howard said. We d have to send her a little bit, and by the end of last year she was relaxing, stretching out. I d prefer to run her at seven furlongs.

Howard had entered Resentless in a seven-furlong second-level allowance for fillies and mares here Saturday, but the race did not fill. She will now point to the $150,000 Fury at seven furlongs here May 1.

Resentless, who won her maiden in front-running fashion over seven furlongs in her second start last August, was taught to ration her speed over 1 1/16 miles in her last three outings of the season. After faltering to fourth in the Grade 3 Mazarine, an open stakes, Resentless hung tough in the Princess Elizabeth for Canadian-breds, finishing second by a length to Roan Inish. She scored a 5 1/4-length win in the Ontario Lassie on Nov. 25.

Resentless was then shipped to Nelson Jones Farm in Florida, where Howard had eight horses through the off-season.

She worked a couple of times down there, said Howard, who sent out Resentless to breeze five furlongs in 1:01.20 under her regular exercise rider, Matt Douglas, here last Saturday. The way she finished up last year, and the way she s training this year, hopefully the Oaks is her game.

Howard said he is looking forward to campaigning Isabella Bay, a 2-year-old half-sister to Resentless.

Isabella Bay, a daughter of Strut the Stage, had her first breeze here April 3, and Howard said she finished strongly while being clocked in 37 seconds for three furlongs.

I think she s pretty special, Howard said. I m quite optimistic about her.

Ruling gives Bogue Chitto stakes

Bogue Chitto, a sprinter trained by Howard, became a stakes winner this spring while on the farm in Florida.

That unlikely situation came about after a stewards hearing March 27, when Hollywood Hit was disqualified from his victory in the King Corrie on Sept. 30. Bogue Chitto, who had finished a distant second, picked up an extra $40,000, and his 2009 bankroll was boosted to $316,440.

It will be a while before Bogue Chitto gets a chance to add to his r sum ; he was injured while training in Florida this winter.

He was breezing, and some horses were pulling up in front of him, Howard said. His rider had to snatch him up and go around them.

He came up with a minor tear in his high suspensory. I think he s going to be okay, but he ll probably lose six to eight weeks and then go back into light training for another month before he can get serious.

Bay to Bay nears 2010 debut

Bay to Bay, a Sovereign Award finalist in the 2-year-old filly division last year, is scheduled to make her season debut in Thursday s Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian at Keeneland.

The Appalachian is a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

A Kentucky-bred, Bay to Bay won the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile on turf here last September and finished her campaign with a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Mazarine.

We ll get a nice mile into her down there, said trainer Brian Lynch, who is using the Keeneland race as Bay to Bay s stepping-stone to the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette here May 23.

Lynch, 45, is in his fifth full season here as a licensed trainer and has 32 stalls.

I ve got a lot of nice young horses, said Lynch, who lists owners Ken and Sarah Ramsay and Jim and Susan Hill among his clients.

Lynch has two horses for Stronach Stable, including Royal Challenger, a 7-year-old horse who was a stakes winner in his heyday but is now in the upper claiming ranks.

On Saturday, Lynch will saddle his first three starters of the meeting.

Fatal Bullet skips Cartier, eyes Vigil

Fatal Bullet, Canada s Horse of the Year and champion sprinter in 2008, is bypassing Sunday s six-furlong Jacques Cartier and is scheduled to make his season debut May 9 in the Vigil, said Baker.

Fatal Bullet made his last start at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, finishing sixth in the Breeders Cup Sprint.

I think he was just knocked out by the heat, said Baker, noting the temperature had spiked in the days leading up to the Breeders Cup. He seemed okay but wasn t.

He never really picked his head up until the end of January. He started training when Woodbine opened, in mid-February.

Fatal Bullet has worked three times here, with his latest move a four-furlong breeze in 48.60 April 2.

Tribal Belle, Dancing Allstar work

Tribal Belle and Dancing Allstar breezed five furlongs here Thursday in preparation for next Sunday s Grade 3, $150,000 Whimsical, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares.

With regular rider Jim McAleney up, Tribal Belle, Canada s champion female sprinter last year, was clocked in 1:01.40. Dancing Allstar, the Sovereign Award-winning 2-year-old filly in 2007, went in a bullet 1:00. She will be ridden by Patrick Husbands for the first time in the Whimsical.

Tribal Belle and Dancing Allstar are in the hands of Danny O Callaghan while their regular trainer, Terry Jordan, serves a 30-day medication suspension that runs through May 1.

Jordan s assistant, Anita Bolton, also is not allowed to have contact with the barn.