05/15/2013 12:57PM

Woodbine: Born to Be Queen leads pair for Tiller


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Bob Tiller should be holding a strong hand in Friday’s Woodbine feature, when he runs Born to Be Queen and Tequilamockingbird in the six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Born to Be Queen was bet down to 4-5 when she debuted off some solid works in a five-furlong maiden special on opening day, April 20. She dropped back to an early trailing position before closing wide through the stretch to prevail by a neck, over a track that hindered speed.

Born to Be Queen has since worked five-eighths in 1:02 and change twice. She might appreciate another furlong to work with Friday, when she will have Omar Moreno aboard again.

Tequilamockingbird has made each of her three starts in shorter maiden special weight sprints. After ending up second in her Nov. 3 debut, she was a troubled fifth Dec. 2, before going to the sidelines for the winter. She also returned to action April 20, when she stalked a three-way speed duel on the outside before wearing down Storm Crier en route to a head victory. Two horses have exited that five-furlong dash to graduate.

Eurico Da Silva retains the mount on Tequilamockingbird, who is a half-sister to 2010 Canadian champion female sprinter Indian Apple Is.

Professor’s Ride, like Born to Be Queen, is nominated to the May 25 Lady Angela Stakes.

After earning her diploma third time out, Professor’s Ride checked in second to favored Cryptic Message in the Aug. 5 Nandi Stakes. She went on to contest two other restricted stakes at 2, finishing fifth in the Muskoka and sixth in the Victorian Queen.

Professor’s Ride ran evenly along the inside for third behind Seaboa and Natural Blonde when she returned to action in an April 28 allowance.

Scott Fairlie trains Professor’s Ride and Natural Blonde, who is making her second start after a long layoff. She also defeated her stablemate while graduating at first asking last May.

With eight starts under her girth, Good to Be Lucky has the most experience in the lineup. She had to drop to $20,000 in October to win her maiden, doing so by nearly 10 lengths after setting soft fractions. She was a minor player in two subsequent allowances.

Firewithdesire appears to be prepping for a longer engagement. She graduated fourth time out in her initial venture around two turns Sept. 14 and has been idle since running fourth in a tough edition of the South Ocean Stakes on Nov. 18.

Cinder Tyme trounced $25,000 maidens in her April 26 season opener. Her hot trainer, Ross Armata, possesses excellent numbers second time off a layoff.