11/02/2012 1:19PM

Woodbine: Division title on the line in Ontario Fashion Stakes

Michael Burns
Roxy Gap has been first or second in all six of her starts at Woodbine this season.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Canadian champion female sprinter honors could be on the line Sunday at Woodbine, when Roxy Gap clashes with Tu Endie Wei over six furlongs in the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes.

Roxy Gap has been a model of consistency this year at Woodbine, where she has finished first or second in each of her six outings, all in stakes. She captured the Grade 3 Whimsical and the Grade 2 Hendrie in the spring, and took the Grade 3 Royal North on the grass July 29.

Roxy Gap lost her last race, the Grade 3 Seaway, by a length to Tu Endie Wei, after attending a moderate pace under Patrick Husbands. Trainer Mark Casse felt that Roxy Gap didn’t fire her best shot that day and is adding blinkers Sunday.

“She wasn’t at the top of her game,” Casse said. “She was actually in heat for a couple of days. Patrick said from the beginning, that she wasn’t the same horse. I don’t know if that was it, or what?”

A victory Sunday should be sufficient for Roxy Gap to garner the Sovereign Award.

Tu Endie Wei was Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly last year, during which she won three stakes in four starts. She has scored twice in seven appearances this year, which included an easy victory in the Star Shoot Stakes.

Tu Endie Wei was uncharacteristically flat most recently in the Ruling Angel Stakes, checking in seventh as the even-money choice. Trainer Reade Baker said he didn’t crank her up for the Ruling Angel, an overnight event that wasn’t guaranteed to fill.

“I didn’t really have her ready, ready,” Baker said. “I was just trying to sneak her by. I didn’t think the field would be that strong. She never ran her race. I expect her to this time.”

If Tu Endie Wei were to prevail, then she will have won both of her meetings with Roxy Gap, which could put her over the top in the Sovereign Award voting.

Honey Chile was supplemented for $3,000 by trainer Wayne Catalano and will have Emile Ramsammy aboard. The speedy 4-year-old won back-to-back optional claimers at Arlington, before ending up third behind Groupie Doll in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6.

Jesse Campbell rode Honey Chile when she led until the last jump and wound up second to Roxy Gap in the six-furlong Whimsical on April 22.

“I was impressed with her that day,” Campbell said. “Obviously, she got beat by a nice mare. She gave Roxy Gap all she wanted.”

Campbell is riding the Grade 1-winning comebacker Her Smile, who is making her first start on a synthetic surface.

Atlantic Hurricane, last year’s champion female sprinter, has struggled since finishing a close second in the Royal North.