05/11/2012 11:57AM

Woodbine: Tu Endie Wei gets another shot at two turns in Selene Stakes

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Michael Burns
Tu Endie Wei will make her second start around two turns in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Tu Endie Wei’s lone route race was forgettable, and she will get a mulligan around two turns Sunday at Woodbine in the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene Stakes.

After going 3 for 4 last year, Tu Endie Wei was voted the Sovereign Award for champion 2-year-old filly. She captured her debut in the My Dear Stakes with a 91 Beyer Speed Figure and then took the Ontario Debutante Stakes over a charging Northern Passion.

Tu Endie Wei never threatened as the favorite in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on opening day of the Keeneland fall meet. Trainer Reade Baker felt that she lost the 1 1/16-mile event before it even started.

“She got shook up in the post parade,” Baker recalled. “The stalls are bigger there, and she got to wiggling around in the gate. They’re also made of a different material, and they’re very noisy compared to ours. All those things left her flat-footed. She broke in a tangle, and then there was a wall of horses in front of her.”

Tu Endie Wei went on to take the seven-furlong Glorious Song Stakes in front-running style. She also went coast to coast in her season opener in the six-furlong Star Shoot Stakes, winning by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:08.88, a time that earned her an 87 Beyer.

The 1 1/16-mile Selene also has lured the Queen’s Plate winter book favorite, Dixie Strike, who is prepping for the June 3 Woodbine Oaks.

Dixie Strike had a productive 2-year-old campaign, and she landed her second straight stakes after a layoff in the Feb. 4 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs. She subsequently finished fourth in another turf stakes, the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream.

Dixie Strike was a troubled fifth last time out over Keeneland’s Polytrack, in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes.

“She was down inside,” trainer Mark Casse said. “She stayed on her left lead the entire way down the backside, and then Jose Lezcano thought she was going to jump over the rail at about the half-mile pole. She hit the rail, bounced off it, and dropped back to last. He said when he finally got her outside, she started running again.”

Dixie Strike is being reunited with jockey Patrick Husbands, who was aboard for all four of her 2-year-old outings.

“She’s been training okay, and we’re regrouping,” Casse said. “I’d like to see a big effort out of her.”

Wait Til Dawn, based at Saratoga with trainer Todd Pletcher, is trying a synthetic surface for the first time following a fourth in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn.

Katie Get Excited, who is going long for the first time, won a seven-furlong allowance off a long layoff April 20. By champion 2-year-old Stevie Wonderboy, she is out of the stakes-winning sprinter Tina Fleet, who has thrown several route winners.

The Keeneland-based Indyniable was unplaced in her April 1 season debut on the grass at Gulfstream.