05/30/2011 1:27PM

Two back from lengthy breaks in Ballade


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Stakes winners Resentless and Jacally will both return from an extended layoff on Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Ballade Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Resentless has been sidelined since finishing up the track in last year’s Woodbine Oaks in June. She had won her previous race convincingly following a winter hiatus, the seven-furlong Fury Stakes.

Trainer Ian Howard said little went right with Resentless after she became ill in the spring of 2010, and her woes have continued this year.

“She was in Florida this winter, and was ready to run when she came back,” Howard said. “She was going to run in the Hendrie Stakes, but she got sick again. We had to back off for a couple of weeks. We missed some time. We worked her once on the dirt, and then she worked great the other day out of the gate. Ideally, I’d like to have one more work, but I think she’s good enough to go. She seems to have bounced back. I expect her to run a really big race.”

Howard said the speedy Resentless has always been difficult to train, and is in need of some racing.

“She’s very strong and hard on herself,” Howard explained. “I’d rather run her than train her any longer. She’s been jumping out of her skin. This is as easy a spot as we’re going to find to start her back in.”

Jono Jones will ride Resentless for the first time.

Jacally, the 124-pound highweight, had a solid 2010 campaign, during which she won 3 of 8 starts and $255,580.

Jacally notched her first stakes on the grass in the seven-furlong Passing Mood in July, and then doubled up a month later in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Stakes on the Polytrack. She capped her campaign by running second to Jenny’s So Great in another restricted stakes, the Carotene.

Trainer Roger Attfield said he gave Jacally a well-deserved vacation after the Oct. 3 Carotene.

“She didn’t have any problems at the end of last year,” Attfield said. “We just gave her a nice winter’s break. She’s been working well. She’s ready to roll again.”

Princess Chelsea finished a nose behind Jacally in the Passing Mood, after surrendering a clear lead in deep stretch. She won an Ontario-sired allowance off a 10-month absence on a Wednesday evening, May 11.