04/22/2009 12:00AM

Shadowless indicates he's primed for Cartier

Michael Burns
Grade 3 winner Shadowless makes his second start of the year Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer David Bell's barn is off to a quick start here at Woodbine, with two wins and five other in-the-money finishes from 10 starters.

Saturday, Bell will be looking to ring up his first stakes win of the season when Shadowless runs in the $150,000 Jacques Cartier, a six-furlong race for 4-year-olds and upward.

Shadowless, a 4-year-old gelding, was on the improve through the closing stages of his 3-year-old campaign and closed out with an upset win over older rivals in the Grade 3 Kennedy Road at six furlongs.

After wintering on the Ontario farm of Paul Buttigieg, Shadowless was working well here prior to finishing fifth in the 5 1/2-furlong Jacques Cartier prep on April 5.

"I thought his race was all right, getting beaten just a length by those kind of horses," said Bell. "The race didn't set up real well for him, one of the speed horse in the race not breaking right."

Shadowless, who again will have Justin Stein in the irons, tuned up for the Jacques Cartier with a five-furlong breeze in 1:02 last Sunday.

"He breezed well," said Bell. "The track wasn't that fast, and he finished well. He usually does what I want him to do.

"He'd been working quickly before, but he was with Gone Trajectory in all those works. They both were tearing the track up. If I'd worked him with Gone Trajectory again Sunday, they'd have black-lettered."

Gone Trajectory ran to his work tab when he scored a come-from-behind win in a restricted second-level allowance over five furlongs on April 12.

While Gone Trajectory had done his best running around two turns, Bell was not all that surprised by the 5-year-old gelding's success.

"I thought it was possible with the way he was training, and the way the race set up," said Bell. "He'd never worked as well as he did this year; he was real sharp."

Bell credits a winter spent in Ontario for Gone Trajectory's vigor.

"He's never done well in Florida, and he's been there every year since we bought him as a yearling," said Bell.

"We decided to keep him here this year, and he's a lot better for it."

Gone Trajectory will be nominated for the New Providence, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here May 9.

"We'll have a look at it," said Bell, noting that Gone Trajectory remains eligible for the open first-level allowance condition.

Milwaukee Appeal may try open company

Milwaukee Appeal took an auspicious first step on the road to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks by scoring a solid 1 3/4-length victory in last Sunday's six-furlong Star Shoot.

Making her first start since last Nov. 30, Milwaukee Appeal rated just off the pace under regular rider Na Somsanith before launching her winning move at the top of the stretch.

"She just ran a hell of a race," said trainer Scott Fairlie. "Three-quarters obviously is not her best distance but the pace was very slow and she was close."

Milwaukee Appeal won the 1o1/16-mile Ontario Lassie in her last start of 2008.

"I thought she had a chance to win, the way the race set up, but my main concern was that she ran good and came out of it good," Fairlie said.

Milwaukee Appeal is nominated to the Star Shoot, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies here May 3, but may bypass that race in favor of the La Lorgnette, an open race for the division over 1 1/16 miles on May 17.

"Right now I'm probably leaning toward the La Lorgnette," said Fairlie.

The Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run on June 7.

Hendrie next for Dancing Allstar

Dancing Allstar, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly in 2007, saw her form go south following a grueling trip to Calder last summer.

So her trainer, Terry Jordan, called an early halt to her campaign and that decision looked brilliant after a rejuvenated Dancing Allstar returned to dominate last Saturday's Grade 3 Whimsical at six furlongs.

"She got taller and wider," said Jordan, who trains Dancing Allstar for Vancouver-based owner Bob Cheema and had brought the filly back into Hastings in February before shipping her here early this month.

The Whimsical was the first graded stakes score for Dancing Allstar, who was ridden by Jim McAleney.

Jordan, who headed back to Vancouver on Tuesday, will be leaving Dancing Allstar in the capable hands of his assistant, Anita Bolton, but plans to be back to watch her perform in the Grade 3 Hendrie, a 6o1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares on May 10.

Beyond the Hendrie, no campaign has been mapped out for Dancing Allstar.

"I never look that far ahead," said Jordan. "I'll see how she's doing, day by day. But, I'm not shipping her all over the place like I did last year.

"I'll try and find a place where she can compete. If she can't beat them here going longer, I'll take her back home. I think she can beat them on that track."

True Metropolitan set to return

Jordan and Cheema also are looking forward to the return of True Metropolitan, who was Canada's champion older horse in 2006 and 2007.

Now 7, True Metropolitan is slated to make his seasonal debut on May 2 in Hastings's 6 1/2-furlong George Royal and then, all being well, ship here for another crack at the Grade 3 Eclipse over 1 1/16 miles on June 6.

True Metropolitan won the last two editions of the George Royal, following up with a third-place finish in the 2007 Eclipse and an impressive score in last year's running.

* David Clark sustained a fractured right arm during a prerace starting gate mishap here last Sunday. Clark's agent, Ken Zweig, said his rider will be out for four or five weeks.