09/09/2006 12:00AM

Woodbine: Hide and Chic draws off


Hide and Chic, who won her first turf start in the Aug. 7 Royal North Stakes, scored over another new surface, Woodbine's recently installed Polytrack, in the Grade 3 .

Hide and Chic stalked a lively pace set by favored Maryfield until the head of the stretch. She overtook that rival nearing the eighth pole, and then drew clear for a two-length win, in a quick final time of 1:16.88.

Maryfield held on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of another American shipper, Beautiful Bets. Whispertoascream rallied for fourth in the nine-horse field of fillies and mares.

"She felt better today than she did the last time," said David Clark, who rode Hide and Chic for trainer Malcolm Pierce. "The speed horses all went, and she laid off them. As soon as I picked her head up, she took me to the lead."

Hide and Chic ($9.40) earned $90,000 of the $161,600 purse for Live Oak Plantation.