04/17/2007 11:00PM

Seductively headed for Hendrie after Whimsical win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Ian Black had believed that Seductively might need more ground than she was afforded in last Sunday's six-furlong Whimsical here at Woodbine.

But Seductively, a homebred 4-year-old filly who was making her seasonal bow for Kinghaven Farm, had more than enough time to get rolling and notched her second career stakes victory in the $155,800 Whimsical under jockey Gerry Olguin.

"I thought the race might be too short for her," acknowledged Black, after watching Seductively rally from just off the pace for a 2 1/4-length score.

"But, she was always going comfortably, relaxed, around the turn. Gerry was sitting with lots of horse."

Seductively was winning her second Grade 3 stakes in the Whimsical, her first coming in the 1 1/16-mile Selene here last spring.

Her next target is the Grade 3, $150,000 Hendrie, a 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares on May 13.

Lyrically, a 3-year-old filly who hails from the same family as Seductively, finished a troubled second making her debut for Black and Kinghaven in a five-furlong maiden special here Sunday.

"I thought we had the best horse," said Black. "She didn't break, and she was ducking from the kickback on the turn. She'll benefit from the start."

Hide and Chic likely needed one

Hide and Chic, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old who finished second making her seasonal bow in the Whimsical, also is scheduled to make her next appearance in the Hendrie.

"It was a good race for her," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Hide and Chic for the Live Oak Plantation of Charlotte Weber.

"I think the inside post might have hurt us. She got squeezed, and hesitated a little bit."

Pierce had stated before the Whimsical that Hide and Chic might need the outing, which was her first since Nov. 4.

"I'd been hoping to get her to the races in late March, at the Fair Grounds, but she just didn't make it," said Pierce.

"Then, two weeks ago, she worked five furlongs here in 1:04 and she was loaded with mucus. We've been playing catch-up to get her ready for this race."

Stradivinsky also wintered with Pierce but did not see action at Fair Grounds, where the trainer enjoyed a successful meeting with 13 wins, a total of 28 in-the-money finishes, and more than $500,000 in purses.

But, unlike Hide and Chic, Stradivinsky showed absolutely no signs of rustiness as he romped to a 7o3/4-length victory in last Saturday's $125,000 Jacques Cartier, his first appearance since Nov. 5.

Stradivinsky, a 4-year-old gelding who also is owned and was bred by Live Oak, was recording his first career stakes score in the Jacques Cartier and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 110.

"I have always liked this horse," said Pierce, who had sent out Stradivinsky to win 2 of his first 3 local starts over the Polytrack surface here last fall. "He showed flashes of brilliance last year."

Stradivinksy had been entered in the 1 1/16-mile Woodchopper at the Fair Grounds in December but was scratched when that race was taken off the turf.

"We'd had a horrible week of weather," recalled Pierce. "Then he bruised a foot and missed some time. It just never worked him out to get him to the races down there."

Stradivinsky also had been nominated to last Sunday's Shakertown, a 5 1/2-furlong turf stakes at Keeneland.

"We had to make a decision which place to go," said Pierce. "We decided to come here, and it all worked out."

Pierce now faces another decision regarding Stradivinsky's next start.

Initially, Pierce had been inclined not to bring back Stradivinsky in two weeks for the Grade 3 Vigil, a seven-furlong race here April 28.

But, upon some further study of the local stakes schedule, Pierce was having serious second thoughts.

"I might be leaning more toward the Vigil than not," said Pierce. "There aren't many opportunities for him here, after that.

"The next thing would be the Highlander."

The Grade 3, $200,000 Highlander, a six-furlong turf race, will be run June 24, Queen's Plate Day.

Pair of three-win days

Laurie Silvera and Bob Tiller both recorded training triples here last weekend, with Silvera having a perfect day on Saturday and Tiller winning the three races in which he had entrants on Sunday.

Silvera's successes included Snow Rite, a Florida-bred filly who won the first juvenile filly dash of the season.

"She spent the winter in Florida, getting ready," said Silvera. "When I saw the two-furlong race in the condition book, I was extremely happy."

Silvera also won last year's first 2-year-old colt-and-gelding dash with Pete's Wonder, who registered the second victory of his career on Saturday in a first-level allowance at five furlongs.

Fudgethebottomline won an Ontario-sired maiden dash to give Silvera his third winner. All three horses are owned by the trainer and were ridden by Emile Ramsammy, who currently tops the jockey standings with eight winners.

Tiller started out Sunday by sending out Corpus Magnus to win and You Don't Listen to finish third in the second race, then took the third with Miss Kumari and the fourth with Neil the Knife.

All three horses wintered in Ontario at trainer Paul Buttigieg's farm.

"I wasn't expecting them all to win," said Tiller. "I was just hoping for them to run good."

Silvera and Tiller are tied atop the trainer standings with five winners apiece.

Asmussen sends juveniles north

The opening 2-year-old races attracted a pair of Keeneland shippers trained by Steve Asmussen.

Wild Logic was well supported on Saturday but finished fifth after dumping jockey Dean Butler, who was riding for the first time at Woodbine, and running off briefly prior to the start.

Kodiak Cowboy was the morning-line favorite for Sunday's dash but took ill and was scratched.

"We have a lot of horses, and don't want to keep running our 2-year-olds against each other," said Laura Farrugia, who formerly was based here and now is an Asmussen assistant.

"Plus, the money's good."