07/15/2011 12:29PM

Woodbine: Dene Court's debut points her out in Shady Well


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dene Court, who had a fast first-out victory, should be strongly backed Sunday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Shady Well Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-bred 2-year-old fillies.

The Mark Casse-trained Dene Court was all business in a June 25 maiden special. She went right to the lead and was pressed through a quick pace before drawing clear in 57.54, which translated into a 79 Beyer Figure.

Dene Court was a $90,000 yearling purchase from a local sale by owner Eugene Melnyk.

“Eugene didn’t have a whole lot of Canadian-breds last year, so his racing manager, Phil Hronec, came up and we bought a couple,” Casse said. “She’s a classy filly. Being by City Zip, you might wonder how far she’ll go, but she galloped out really well after she won.”

Casse supplemented the unraced Quality Lass to the Shady Well at a cost of $3,000. She was an $82,000 2-year-old purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds.

“She has a lot of talent as well,” said Casse. “

Rose and Shine has run two solid races, both for trainer Ralph Biamonte. She came wide from fifth to topple $40,000 maidens in her 4 1/2-furlong opener, and then rallied belatedly for fourth in the five-furlong My Dear Stakes. Tu Endie Wei, the runaway My Dear winner, earned a whopping 91 Beyer.

Biamonte said he was pleased with Rose and Shine’s performance in the My Dear.

“She had an uneventful trip,” said Biamonte. “She was way back, and got through. She closed pretty good at the end against those American-breds, who aren’t eligible for this one. We couldn’t have beaten the winner if we had started a pole ahead of her. [Rose and Shine] learned a lot. Hopefully, she’ll move forward from there.”

Judy the Beauty is unbeaten in two starts, both for trainer Wesley Ward. A mere 17 days after graduating over Keeneland’s Polytrack April 15, she won an allowance race in France with a Racing Post rating of 92.

Trainer Mike DePaulo entered Bear’s Wit and May’s Pegasus.

Bear’s Wit, who was supplemented, got only a 38 Beyer when she graduated in a slow Ontario-sired maiden race June 18.

First-time starter May’s Pegasus, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus, has worked quickly on more than one occasion.

I Am in Front earned her diploma second time out by five lengths in an Ontario-sired maiden special, earning a 58 Beyer.