05/11/2012 2:09PM

Woodbine: Attard mulls options for Anne’s Beauty


Anne’s Beauty, who showed both talent and versatility in her 3-year-old campaign, had a troubled trip when fifth in her seasonal bow at Gulfstream in the Wait a While over 1 1/16 miles of turf. That race was on April 8 and while Anne’s Beauty is ready to run again the time and date of her next appearance remains flexible.

Paul Attard, who trains Anne’s Beauty for owner Rob Smithen, entered the Kentucky-bred in Sunday’s prep for the Grade 2, $300,0000 Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares..

But the Nassau prep, originally scheduled for one mile of turf, was moved to a mile and 70 yards on the main track and did not come close to attracting a quorum.

Anne’s Beauty could run Saturday in either the Grade 2, $150,000 Hendrie, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes here for fillies and mares; or in Grade 3, $150,000 Gallorette, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares at Pimlico.

The other option would be to await the Nassau, a one-mile turf race here June 2.

“We’ll meet on the weekend and decide,” said Attard, 30.

Awesome Overture not yet a Plate candidate

Attard is off to a solid start with 5 wins and a pair of seconds from his first 15 entrants at the meeting.

And the most impressive of those successes came with Awesome Overture, a Chiefswood Stable homebred who prevailed in a solid maiden race when traveling 1 1/16 miles in his first career start here April 29.

With Awesome Overture being Canadian-bred, his victory naturally induced visions of the June 24 Queen’s Plate.

“Everything had to go right to get him to the Queen’s Plate,” said Attard. “He had a minor setback since his last race, and we’ve had to give him a couple of days off. We’ll have to assess him, and see where we are.”

Several maidens with Plate aspirations

Attard, who also sent out the 4-year-old Heathcote for a successful debut around two turns, will be looking to click with another first-time starter at 1 1/16 miles when he saddles Feisty Albert for Sunday’s 10th race.

“I kind of like him, too, but it’s a little tougher spot,” said Attard. “The horse has been training well, and we’ve had him going a long time. I think he’ll run well.”

Feisty Albert will be Attard’s first starter for Stronach Stable.

And while Feisty Albert currently is not eligible for the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, his opponents Golden Ridge, Noble Chief, Triberious, Dragon Tail, and Well Played are paid up for the $1 million showpiece for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

The connections of both Golden Ridge and Noble Chief have expressed Queen’s Plate aspirations.

Golden Ridge, trained by Mark Casse, is coming off a second-place finish over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack on April 14. Owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk, Golden Ridge had finished third in a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Gulfstream in his only previous start.

Noble Chief, a Chiefswood Stable homebred conditioned by Danny Vella, was a troubled fourth after breaking from the outside post in a 12-horse field in his 1 1/16- mile seasonal bow here April 29.

Atlantic Hurricane tunes up for Hendrie

Atlantic Hurricane, Canada’s champion female sprinter of 2011, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 here Friday in preparation for the Hendrie.

Exercise rider Brian Dantes was aboard for the drill.

“She finished up good, and galloped out strong,” said Stu Simon, trainer and part-owner of Atlantic Hurricane. “She’s good and set now.”

Atlantic Hurricane had finished third when making her seasonal bow in the Grade 3, six-furlong Whimsical here April 22.

Gerry Olguin replaced the injured Emile Ramsammy that day but Ramsammy, Atlantic Hurricane’s regular pilot during her championship campaign, will be back in the saddle for the Hendrie.

Grace Pill on target for Lady Angela

Grace Phil breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 here Friday in preparation for next Sunday’s $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Steven Bahen, who guided Grace Phil to a game 11/2-length victory in a restricted second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward here April 20, was aboard for the drill.

“It was just a nice breeze, we’re just keeping her happy,” said trainer Bob Tiller, who sent out Grace Phil to become a stakes winner in the restricted South Ocean over 1 1/16 miles here last fall.

Tiller said he also plans to start Nikkis Bold Gelato, who is coming off a win in a first-level restricted allowance at seven furlongs, in the Lady Angela.