04/06/2011 12:51PM

Woodbine: Fatal Bullet cranking up for 2011 campaign


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fatal Bullet wintered at Palm Meadows and accompanied Reade Baker-trained stablemate Biofuel on her journey north.

A 6-year-old gelding who races for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, whose nickname is Bear, Fatal Bullet was Canada’s champion sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2009 but failed to find the range last year while running second once and third five times in six starts. In his last outing, which came here on Nov. 20, Fatal Bullet was beaten 1 1/4 lengths when third in the Grade 3, six-furlong Kennedy Road.

“We turned him out at Curraghmore Farm until the first of the year, then took him to Palm Meadows,” said Baker. “He’s doing great.”

Fatal Bullet breezed five furlongs in 58.60 on March 28 and then followed up with a 1:02 move over the same distance five days later. The $150,000 Jacques Cartier, a six-furlong race here one week from Sunday, is Fatal Bullet’s first target.

“We found out last year that he’ll also do quite well on the grass, and that the older he gets, the more time he gets to recover from races,” said Baker.

Bear Chocolated eyes Woodstock

Bear Chocolated, who gave Baker and Bear Stable their first wins of the meeting last Sunday, could swing back in the $150,000 Woodstock on April 16. A Florida-bred 3-year-old gelding who was 1 for 2 here last year, Bear Chocolated was in training at Palm Meadows but was sent up to Woodbine in February.

“I thought the heat was getting to him down there,” said Baker. “He’s done extremely well since he got back.”

Bear Chocolated earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 82 for his victory in a first-level allowance at five furlongs on Sunday and would be traveling six furlongs in the Woodstock.

Don’s Folly to stay sprinting

The Debut, a five-furlong overnight stakes for Ontario-sired 4-year-olds and upward which was the opening-day feature here last Saturday, went to the favored Don’s Folly.

A 6-year-old horse owned by Don Cole, Don’s Folly rallied from 10th place in the field of 11 to capture the Debut by three-quarters of a length under Emma-Jayne Wilson and earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

Don’s Folly had wintered here in Ontario with Jeff Bowen, son-in-law and assistant to trainer Ian Black, who was at Florida’s Payson Park but returned to Ontario last week.

“I think this year I should stay in the Ontario-sired sprint stakes with him, while I can,” said Black. “I got a little off track with him last year, trying him at two turns and on the turf. It’s pretty obvious he’s best sprinting on the Polytrack.”

The $125,000 New Providence, a six-furlong stakes for a Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here May 22, fits that bill for Don’s Folly.

Black sends string to Keeneland

Black has left six of his winter-trained horses from Payson Park at Keeneland, in the care of trainer Rachel Halden, and hopes that all will see action at that meeting, which begins on Friday.

Rahy’s Attorney, winner of the Grade 3 Pan American over a 1 1/2 miles of turf at Gulfstream on March 26, is eyeing the $150,000 Elkhorn over the same distance and surface on April 29, while Fifty Proof and Stormy Lord will be looking for allowance spots.

Southdale, winner of the Eclipse and Durham Cup on the main track here last year and a Sovereign Award finalist in the older male division, could appear in the $175,000 Commonwealth, a seven-race on April 16.

“We were going to retire him last fall,” said Black, who trains the homebred Southdale for owner Rod Ferguson. “I thought I’d find a spot to stand him, that he’d fit here as an Ontario-sire, but there wasn’t much interest.

“He only had some minor issues, so we brought him back.”

Indigo North, a 5-year-old mare, should see allowance action, while the 3-year-old colt Kurogane is pointing for a maiden race.

Both horses are owned by Chiefswood Stable, and Kurogane will be rejoining trainer Paull Attard when he returns to Woodbine.

“I winter-trained him for Paul,” said Black, noting that Kurogane is a potential Queen’s Plate prospect.

Kurogane, a Chiefswood homebred, finished third when debuting over 1 1/16 miles here last Nov. 26.