05/12/2011 11:50AM

Woodbine: Dr. Zic back for another shot at Hendrie

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Michael Burns
Tribal Belle, with Jim McAleney up, outfinishes Dr. Zic to win the 2010 $150,000 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dr. Zic shipped up from Kentucky last year to finish second in the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes.

On Saturday, Dr. Zic will be looking to go one better when she returns from her Keeneland base for the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie for fillies and mares.

“We were happy with how she ran last year,” said Joan Scott, who trains Dr. Zic and also is among the group of owners who will be here to provide vocal support in the Hendrie.

“I hope we’ll be even happier this year. She’s doing well, and she loves the Poly.”

Dr. Zic, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old, had been at Tampa Bay Downs for the winter of 2010 and made two winning appearances there, plus an unsuccessful trip to Gulfstream, before journeying north to become a Grade 1 stakes winner in Keeneland’s Madison.

And while she was based at Tampa again this winter, Dr. Zic did not see action in the south and was making her seasonal bow in this year’s Madison on April 14.

“Horses coming out of Tampa do so well,” said Scott, who watched Dr. Zic finish third in the seven-furlong Madison while coming off a five-month layoff.

“She’s healthy and fresh and came out of her race fantastic.”

Dr. Zic drew the outside post in the Hendrie’s field of seven and will be ridden by Corey Lanerie, who was aboard for the first time in the Madison.

And while Dr. Zic’s past performances may suggest that she is a need-to-lead type, Scott is not about to concede the point.

“She just happens to be very fast; she’s really not that one-dimensional,” Scott said. “Corey can do a great job getting her to relax and ride her however the race comes up.”

Scott will be looking for her first Woodbine winner with Dr. Zic, who will be her eighth starter here.

Lanerie has had three previous mounts here and won the Grade 3 Seagram Cup with Gouldings Green in 2009.

Tribal Belle could return to races

Tribal Belle, who defeated Dr. Zic in last year’s running of the Hendrie, has been bred, but if the process fails she could be back at the races.

“She’s been taken out of training, but if she doesn’t catch, which will be known soon, she’ll be back in training at Woodbine,” said Terry Jordan, who conditioned Tribal Belle for the Canvasback Farm of Mark Wilshire.

Tribal Belle, who scored in three stakes and was honored with the inaugural female sprinter Sovereign Award in 2009, also finished second last year in both the Grade 3 Whimsical at six furlongs and the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too.

Impossible Time bred, will still race

Impossible Time, Canada’s champion older filly and mare of 2010, also has been bred and is scheduled to return to the races, regardless of the outcome.

“She’s been training at Keeneland, and we bred her out of the shed last weekend,” said Roger Attfield, who trains the homebred Impossible Time for Charles Fipke.

“We’re not stopping on her. She’ll be tested in a few weeks and if she’s in foal she’ll come back to Woodbine to race. She can run for 120 days, from when she conceives.”

Impossible Time, an Ontario-sired 6-year-old who was bred to Speightstown, worked five furlongs in 58.60 seconds on Tuesday at Keeneland and has not raced since finishing second in the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf here on Nov 6.

Her five wins in nine starts last season included the six-furlong Ballade and the 1 1/16-mile Classy ’n Smart, both on Polytrak and the 1 1/16-mile Victoriana on the turf.

Miss Inclined set for La Lorgnette

Sunday’s $150,000 La Lorgnette Stakes was not the spot of choice for Miss Inclined, who is trained by Malcolm Pierce.

But as a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly here at Woodbine, Miss Inclined can’t afford to pass up many opportunities and thus will take a shot in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile feature.

“I entered her in a two-other-than going long last weekend,” Pierce said.

“I’d rather have been in there, but it failed to fill, so I kind of back into going here instead.”

Miss Inclined, who joined Pierce’s stable in New Orleans this winter, won under first-level allowance terms there at 5 1/2 furlongs and then finished a closing second when making her local debut in the six-furlong Star Shoot.

Last Saturday, Miss Inclined breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, who rode her for the first time in the Star Shoot.

“She breezed well,” said Pierce, who also is inclined to believe his filly will handle the move out around two turns on the main track.

“She acts like she will,” added the trainer.

Elite Alex disappoints in allowance

Elite Alex, a recent supplementary nominee to the Queen’s Plate at a cost of $5,000, finished second as the 2-5 choice in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds over one mile at Delaware Park on Wednesday.

Stalking the pace under Joe Rocco Jr., Elite Alex failed to seriously threaten the front-running I’m Steppin’ It up and was beaten seven lengths. His Beyer Speed Figure came back at 78.

Elite Alex, trained by Tim Ritchey, was on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this spring but then was removed from consideration after finishing a well-beaten ninth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles.

The 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, a $1 million race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run here June 26.

Local CTHS awards dinner on June 4

The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society will hold its 29th annual awards dinner Saturday, June 4, at the Copper Creek Golf Club in nearby Kleinburg.

Dom Romeo, under the Terra Farm banner, will be honored as the 2010 breeder of the year. Romeo bred and raced Big Red Mike, winner of last year’s Queen’s Plate and the champion 3-year-old male.

Trainer Mac Benson, who retired this year at age 80, will be the recipient of the Blood-Horse Mint Julep Cup for his lifetime contributions to the industry.

Other highlights will include the presentation of awards to the Ontario breeders of all 2010 Ontario black-type stakes winners and to top Ontario sires.

Tickets are $84.75 (tax included) and can be obtained by contacting the CTHS office at (416) 675-3602.