06/06/2013 12:17PM

Woodbine notes: Black Hornet misses Plate Trial

Michael Burns
Black Hornet, winner of the Queenston Stakes, will miss the Plate Trial.

Black Hornet, winner of the seven-furlong Queenston for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds here May 11, was not eligible for the Queen’s Plate and was supplemented at a cost of $5,000 last Saturday with an eye toward Sunday’s Plate Trial.

Unfortunately, Black Hornet is ailing and will not be in the Plate Trial lineup.

“We’re hoping we can have him ready for the Achievement,” said Pat Parente, who trains Black Hornet and owns the gelding in partnership with Dean Ventresca and Joe Guerieri.

The $150,000 Achievement, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds, will be run here June 29.

Parente, who is off to a good start at the 2013 meeting, won a restricted maiden race last Saturday with Silent Yet Deadly, whom he owned with Surjit Hans.

Silent Yet Deadly was purchased by Danny Dion’s Bear Stable this week, however, and is now with trainer Mike DePaulo.

“We’ll have to see where we’re at with him before we make any plans,” DePaulo said.

Silent Deadly was making his seasonal bow and second career start when winning the 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by a head. The gelding is not nominated to the Queen’s Plate but entry-day supplements will be accepted at a cost of $25,000, including the $10,000 entry fee.

Woodbine Oaks, Plate Trial fields set

On Thursday, Woodbine stakes manager Julie Bell released a list of 28 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds who remain eligible for the Queen’s Plate following a sustaining nomination payment of $1,500 due by last Saturday.

The list includes the 14 horses who will be running in the major stakes here Sunday, with 11 entered in the Plate Trial and the fillies Spring in the Air, Nipissing, and Pink Trillium in the Woodbine Oaks.

Both the $150,000 Plate Trial and the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks will be run over 1 1/8 miles.

Spring in the Air, Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly, and Nipissing, a finalist in that category, head the field of eight for the Woodbine Oaks.

Mark Casse trains Spring in the Air, who is coming off a win in the seven-furlong Fury for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies here May 4.

Nipissing, trained by Rachel Halden, finished second last time out in the open 1 1/16-mile Selene Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Smartyfly, the Fury runner-up, and Dance Again will both go postward for trainer Malcolm Pierce, with Original Script, Tiz Ro, and Rutherford Rd completing the lineup.

Pyrite Mountain won the May 5 Wando, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, here May 5 and should rule as the choice in the Plate Trial for trainer Mark Frostad.

Casse has entered Jagger M and Dynamic Sky, the 2-3 finishers in the Queenston, and the recent maiden winner Kaigun.

River Seven, fourth when making his seasonal bow in the Queenston, and Midnight Aria, third in the Wando, will go postward for trainer Nick Gonzalez.

The Plate Trial also has a rare invader in Kid Dreams, who is trained in California by Neil Drysdale.

Pierce has entered His Race to Win, who is coming off a maiden win at 1 1/16 miles. Philego, a restricted maiden winner at 6 1/2 furlongs in his seasonal bow, will go postward for DePaulo.

Holy Whirl Wind, a maiden, and Iratus Leo, who is stepping up from the $40,000 claiming ranks, round out the Plate Trial field.