06/26/2009 12:00AM

Taking a shot in Bison City

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Michael Burns
Politelyprecocious is coming off a fifth-place Woodbine Oaks finish in Sunday's Bison City.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - After he watched Politelyprecocious finish a well-beaten fifth in the June 7 Woodbine Oaks, swinging the filly back in Sunday's Bison City was not uppermost on trainer Mike Keogh's mind.

But with Milwaukee Appeal and Tasty Temptation returning two weeks later to run third and fourth in the Queen's Plate and invading Woodbine Oaks 3-4 finishers Miss Blakely and Wynning Ride having returned to their home bases, Keogh took a longer look.

Politelyprecocious was beaten 12 1/2 lengths in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race that opened the triple tiara series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. The $250,000 Bison City, at 1 1/16 miles, is the second leg.

"I'm not convinced she's a two-turn filly," said Keogh, who trains Politelyprecocious for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think she's more a seven-furlong-type horse.

"But this race looked like it was falling apart, so I just went in there. I didn't expect there to be eight horses."

The size of the Bison City field was a surprise since only 14 fillies were nominated and just four of those are participating.

Others apparently took the same view as Keogh, however, and four fillies were supplemented at a cost of $5,000 apiece.

First Circle, Drama find other spots

Keogh and Schickedanz also had First Circle and Drama on the Bison City nominations list, and both will see other races on Sunday.

First Circle, a full sister to multiple turf stakes winner Marlang, will make her first start on the grass in the 1 1/4-mile fourth race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

Drama, who like First Circle and Politelyprecocius is a daughter of Langfuhr, will be looking for her first career win in the finale, a maiden race over one mile of turf.

First Circle finished 10th of 13 in the Woodbine Oaks, beaten 18 1/4 lengths.

"She's a very, very nervous filly," Keogh said.

"She's not wrapped too tight; that's our biggest problem. I schooled her in the paddock for half an hour this morning."

Keogh, taking heart in Marlang's history, has been looking forward to getting First Circle onto the turf.

"The mile and a quarter shouldn't be a problem, either," said Keogh, noting that two of Marlang's stakes wins had come in Woodbine's 1 1/2-mile Breeders' and Saratoga's Grade 3 Saranac over 1 3/16 miles.

Drama finished fourth in her first two outings and was third last time in a one-mile maiden turf race.

"She shouldn't really be a maiden," Keogh said. "In her second start, she was in all kinds of trouble."

Keogh said that Drama's best performances will be on turf since she has not necessarily taken to the Polytrack surface here.

"We found when we had her at Aiken this winter she did much better on dirt than she's done on Polytrack," Keogh said.

Marlang returns in optional claimer

Marlang, who is trained by Debbie England, will be looking to kick off an unofficial family double when he makes his seasonal bow in Sunday's third race.

On Wednesday, England had entered Marlang in the Grade 2 King Edward, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that offered a purse of $300,000 here Saturday.

The following day, she entered the 4-year-old colt in an optional $100,000 claimer/fourth-level allowance offered for Sunday and was pleasantly surprised when the $90,200, one-mile turf race went with six horses.

"I just wanted to get him the best spot I could put him in," England said. "I didn't want to throw him in with the wolves if I didn't have to.

"He goes a long way, but he loves a mile. He's got lot of speed."

A homebred 4-year-old colt owned by Schickedanz, Marlang had faltered to finish last of 10 when making his last start in the Canadian International here last October.

Marlang wintered with Keogh in South Carolina before rejoining England here at the end of March.

Truth and Justice takes to Polytrack

Five invaders are scheduled to run in Sunday's $150,000 My Dear for 2-year-old fillies, and the first to check in was Truth and Justice, who arrived from New Jersey a week ago Thursday.

Truth and Justice, a Kentucky-bred trained by Kelly Breen, will be making her second start in the five-furlong My Dear after winning her debut over 4 1/2 furlongs at Monmouth Park on May 17.

Stable foreman Kevin Velez, whose father is jockey Jose Velez Jr., has overseen Truth and Justice's preparations here, which included a 35.60-second breeze last Sunday.

"She's liking the Polytrack pretty good," Velez said. "She's taking a good hold of it."

Joe Bravo, who rode Truth and Justice to her maiden win, retains the mount.

Truth and Justice will be just the fourth starter here for Breen, who sent out Gigi's Magic to finish fourth in the 2000 running of the My Dear.

Bravo has won two stakes here, taking the Grade 2 Canadian with J'Ray and the Whimsical with Holy Bubbette in 2004.

Vacation coming for Dominion Day

Vacation, who is based at Belmont Park with trainer Shug McGaughey, is scheduled to check in early this week for the Wednesday's Dominion Day.

A homebred 4-year-old colt who races for the Phipps Stable, Vacation is coming off a smart 2 1/4-length score in the Grade 3 Hanshin Handicap, a one-mile race at Arlington Park on May 23.

John Velazquez, aboard for the Hanshin, has the call on Vacation for the Dominion Day.

McGaughey's only previous starters here raced on Breeders' Cup Day in 1996, with My Flag finishing fourth in the Distaff and Hidden Reserve ending seventh in the Juvenile Fillies.

Velazquez has enjoyed major success here, winning Woodbine Miles with Leroidesanimaux and Riviera and E.P. Taylor Stakes with Honey Rider and Commercante.

* Eurico Rosa da Silva and Mike Smith have each been fined $200 for using their whips "with excessive frequency" during the running of last Sunday's Queen's Plate. Da Silva finished first with Eye of the Leopard, and Smith was second with Mr. Foricos Two U.