05/12/2008 12:00AM

Two noteworthy maiden fillies to clash


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - An interesting group of fillies and mares, notably Sheraton Park and Dance With Doves, will compete in Wednesday's fourth race at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special worth $72,600.

Sheraton Park was bet down to 2-1 in her only start on April 24 at Keeneland. She stalked the pace on the outside in that seven-furlong maiden special and seemed poised to take control in the stretch, but then faded to finish nearly eight lengths in arrears.

Trainer Mark Casse said Sheraton Park bled in her debut.

"It looked like she was just going to gallop," Casse recalled. "When we worked her [Wednesday] morning, there was no blood whatsoever, so that's good."

Sheraton Park breezed five-eighths in 1:00.40 last Wednesday, which was the fourth-fastest of 41 moves at the distance. Patrick Husbands retains the mount on the daughter of Cozzene, who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed sprinter Queen's College.

Casse also entered Anna Bella, who came close to a victory in her second start, a recent maiden special at Keeneland.

Dance With Doves, a blue-blooded 4-year-old trained by Mark Frostad, will likely be the favorite, even though she's been idle for nearly a year.

Dance With Doves finished a lapped-on second to future stakes winner Dance to My Tune when she debuted on May 4 of last year. She subsequently ran second to Serenading, who returned to win two allowance races before running competitively in stakes.

Robert Landry will ride Dance With Doves, the first foal from 2001 Queen's Plate winner Dancethruthedawn. Her second dam is 1991 Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly.

Winter-raced Castle Rose has made each of her three starts on the grass. She had traffic problems in her debut at Calder in December, and she placed twice in maiden claimers at Gulfstream, while earning respectable Beyer Speed Figures.

Castle Rose, a 4-year-old trained by Brian Lynch, adds blinkers on Wednesday.

Isa Dixie wintered at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida with trainer Mike DePaulo, who sent her out to a fifth-place finish in her debut here April 25. DePaulo has good sprint-to-route stats, and this daughter of Dixieland Band is bred to go long on both sides of her pedigree.

Kelliher edged Isa Dixie for fourth in that same April 25 race, which came after she tanked in her opener on the dirt at Gulfstream.

The pick seven carryover is $12,688.