04/28/2011 1:14PM

Woodbine: Hoi An using Fury as possible springboard to Oaks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The promising Hoi An makes her stakes debut Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Fury, a seven-furlong sprint which is a stepping-stone towards the June 5 Woodbine Oaks.

Hoi An, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Square Eddie, finished second under Alan Garcia when she debuted in a five-furlong maiden special on the grass at Gulfstream. Trainer Julia Carey said she missed the break in that Feb. 23 dash.

“She wasn’t standing properly when they sprang the latch,” Carey said. “She was behind horses, and then weaved her way in amongst horses, got to the outside and got up for second. She was flying. Then, she galloped out real good. Garcia loved her.”

Carey said she didn’t run Hoi An back again until she got back to Woodbine, because the maiden special purses here are significantly higher than at Gulfstream. With Eurico Da Silva aboard, Hoi An won a 6 1/2-furlong Polytrack sprint on the front end April 10.

“She’s the type of horse you can do whatever you want with,” said Carey. “Da Silva said she was very comfortable [on the lead]. He said he could have opened up any time.”

The Fury lured five other Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies, including the Mark Casse-trained duo of Roxy Gap and Bingo, along with shippers Marketing Mix and Spooky Kitten.

Roxy Gap was one of the leading 2-year-old fillies here in 2010. She was a non-threatening third in her only start this year, the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream on Jan. 5.

Casse said a tardy start hindered Roxy Gap in the Old Hat.

“It was different for her, because she usually breaks like a shot,” Casse explained. “She was confused by it all, and just didn’t run the first part. She started running the last eighth, and then galloped out well. After that, we gave her a little break, and we were going to run her back there, but she just doesn’t go over the dirt all that great.”

Casse said Roxy Gap has trained to his satisfaction on synthetic surfaces since leaving south Florida.

Bingo wound up third in Hoi An’s maiden victory, in her first outing in more than eight months.

“I think Bingo is a pretty talented filly, said Casse.

Marketing Mix graduated second-time out in maiden special company April 10 at Keeneland.

The unbeaten Spooky Kitten blew away $20,000 claimers April 13 at Keeneland, earning an 81 Beyer Speed Figure.