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Woodbine: Biofuel returns in Sweet Briar Too
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Biofuel, Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, is scheduled to get her new campaign under way here in Friday’s seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too.
The $100,000 Sweet Briar Too, an overnight stakes for fillies and mares, attracted a field of seven that also includes Indian Apple Is, the Sovereign Award winner in last year’s female sprinter category.
“She’s ready to go,” said Reade Baker, who trains Biofuel for owner/breeder Brereton C. Jones.
“She had a little problem, but it disappeared. She’s in great shape.”
Biofuel will be making her first start since capturing the 1 1/16-mile Selene here Sept. 26, but she won both her maiden race debut at six furlongs as a 2-year-old and the Star Shoot Stakes at six furlongs in her sophomore bow.
Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva has the mount on Biofuel, who will break from post 6 under co-high weight of 124 pounds.
Indian Apple Is has started twice here this spring, finishing a rallying third in the six-furlong Whimsical but a rather flat fourth in the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie.
“She’s training really well,” said Bob Tiller, who trains the 5-year-old Indian Apple Is for owner/breeder Frank DiGiulio Jr. “I think seven furlongs is a great distance for her.”
Indian Apple Is, the defending champion in the Sweet Briar Too, will begin from the outside under 122 pounds.
Tiller also has entered Rashnaa, who is coming off an impressive win under second-level allowance terms at seven furlongs.
“She ran well enough to deserve a shot,” said Tiller, who trains Rashnaa for 3 Sons Racing Stable. “I’d love to get some black type on her.”
Luis Contreras, who rode both of the Tiller mares in their last starts, returns aboard Rashnaa, with Quincy Welch picking up the mount on Indian Apple Is.
Ariana D, second in both the Whimsical and Hendrie, has returned to Woodbine and trainer Laurie Silvera after spending a couple of weeks at Presque Isle Downs.
“They were hoping to get her a prep for a stakes for Pennsylannia-breds in Philadelphia, but the race didn’t go, and this race came up, so they sent her back here,” Silvera said.
Ariana D, who drew the inside post, is a homebred 5-year-old who races for Bill Thompson and won the seven-furlong Bessarabian Stakes in her local bow last November.
“It could well be her optimum trip,” Silvera said.
Rounding out the field will be Resentless and D’wild Beach, who figure to be dueling for the early lead, and Amiable Grace, who should be stalking the pace.
Tu Endie Wei impresses in debut win
Tu Endie Wei, a half-sister to Biofuel, made a dazzling debut for Baker and Jones here in last Saturday’s five-furlong My Dear Stakes.
Breaking from post 13 in a field of 14 juvenile fillies, Tu Endie Wei was racing ninth in the early going but came with a strong wide move that she sustained en route to a 4 3/4-length win under jockey Jim McAleney.
“The race set up perfectly,” Baker said. “We were out there in the clear.”
Her final time of 56.93 seconds produced a Beyer Speed Figure of 91 that through Tuesday was the highest given to any 2-year-old filly this season.
“I saw her first as a yearling, and I was not impressed,” Baker said.
“She’s changed dramatically. Her first few works were good, but working her from the gate seemed to turn the lights on.”
Baker is eyeing the Aug. 13 Ontario Debutante, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that offers a purse of $150,000 as the next step in a campaign that he hopes will lead to bigger and better things for Tu Endie Wei.
“She’s a bit high-strung,” Baker said. “I don’t want to get into shipping her until I have to.”
As for the name, which may come to haunt racing writers and editors, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is located in downtown Point Pleasant, W.Va., and commemorates the Battle of Point Pleasant.
That battle, between the settler militia of Virginia and the forces of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, was fought on Oct. 10, 1774, and has been recognized as the first battle of the American Revolutionary War by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ms. Cornstalk, a daughter of Indian Charlie, is the dam of Tu Einde Wei and Biofuel.
Perfect Bullet gets back on Polytrack
Baker also will be represented in Friday’s main event, with Perfect Bullet set to go postward in the $200,000 Dominion Day at 1 1/4 miles.
Perfect Bullet, a Kentucky-bred 7-year-old who races for Stronach Stable, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the allowance prep for the Singspiel Stakes over 1 3/8 miles of turf here June 3.
“His best races are on the Poly,” said Baker, who took over as Perfect Bullet’s trainer last fall. “He worked extremely well the other day, for the second time in a row.”
Perfect Bullet breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 here last Saturday after being clocked in 1:00.60 for the same distance eight days earlier.
Baker also has a pair of runners for Saturday’s $150,000 Achievement, with both Bear’s Chill and Bear No Joke entered in the six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds.
Bear’s Chill, who was considered a Queen’s Plate prospect before faltering in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, will have leading rider Luis Contreras aboard for the first time.
Contreras also has regained the mount on Bear It’s Time for Sunday’s $250,000 Bison City, a 1 1/16-mile race that is the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Bear It’s Time had made a winning seasonal bow under Contreras here in the seven-furlong Lady Angela, but the rider opted to stick with the victorious Inglorious for the Woodbine Oaks, in which Bear It’s Time finished sixth.
Classy Katherine drills for turf stakes
Classy Katherine breezed three furlongs in 38.20 seconds on the training track turf course here Wednesday in preparation for Monday’s $125,000 Rainbow Connection at Fort Erie.
The Rainbow Connection, a five-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, attracted 21 nominees, and the bulk of the entrants will come from Woodbine.
Classy Katherine, a homebred 3-year-old filly owned by Dom Romeo and trained by Kevin Attard, would be trying turf for the first time if the Rainbow Connection goes as scheduled.
“She’ll like the five furlongs,” Attard said.