04/11/2012 12:21PM

Woodbine notes: Tu Endie Wei to face five in Star Shoot

Michael Burns
Tu Endie Wei won the Sovereign Award for top 2-year-old filly last year.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Another Sovereign Award winner will be making her seasonal bow on Saturday as Tu Endie Wei, Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly, faces five rivals in the $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes.

Tu Endie Wei, a Kentucky-bred who races for her breeder, Brereton C. Jones, and is trained by Reade Baker, will be making her fifth start and looking for her fourth stakes win in the $150,000 Star Shoot.

Rose and Shine, Runfor Ro, Casa Loma, Kiss in the Forest and Logan’s Peak round out the field for the six-furlong Star Shoot, which is the first local stakes stepping-stone to the June 3 Woodbine Oaks. Rose and Shine, Casa Loma and Logan’s Peak are eligible for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8 mile race restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

◗ Former Ontario jockeys Stuart Brown and Carole Leland have set up an education trust fund in memory of their son Andrew Beland, who died in hospital at age 13 last year after the family was involved in an auto accident in Northern Ontario. The fund will benefit Andrew’s brother, 9-year-old Corry Beland, who suffered serious injuries in the same accident.
Donations can be made at any Scotia Bank, account No. 939220217581 or at any other bank using the code 002 with the same account number.

◗ Jim Mazur will be on hand here Saturday for a handicapping seminar beginning at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the grandstand. Attendees will receive free copies of Mazur’s “Winning at Woodbine 2012” and “Woodbine Blue Chip Trainer Angles 2012.”