06/01/2012 11:49AM

Woodbine: Tu Endie Wei makes turf debut in Alywow

Michael Burns
Tu Endie Wei was Canada's champion 2-year-old filly last year.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Tu Endie Wei, Canada’s champion juvenile filly of 2011, tries turf for the first time in Sunday’s Alywow.

The $100,000 Alywow, an open 6 1/2-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of nine including five from the barn of Mark Casse.

Trained by Reade Baker, Tu Endie Wei is coming off a second-place finish here in the 1 1/16-mile Selene Stakes where she failed to contain the late run of Woodbine Oaks favorite Dixie Strike.

“I just don’t think she’s a two-turn horse,” said Baker, who has sent out Tu Endie Wei to win four sprint stakes from her six outings.

Tu Endie Wei has never trained on turf and Baker does not care to predict how she will run on the surface.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, like some other trainers,” said Baker. “I’ll tell you at the eighth pole.”

Tu Endie Wei drew the outside post and will be the 123-pound highweight with regular rider Jim McAleney in the irons.

Blue Heart, who will be making her seasonal bow, also will be racing on grass for the first time, but worked well on the training course here last Sunday.

“It looked like she got over the turf nicely,” said trainer Brian Lynch, who watched Blue Heart breeze four furlongs in 47.40.

Blue Heart won first crack out here at six furlongs and doubled up in the Grade 3 Mazarine over 1 1/6 miles. In two subsequent starts at 2, Blue Heart ran third in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth and fourth in the Ontario Lassie at the same distance.

“This is probably not a bad distance for her first start,” said Lynch. “Ultimately, the plan is to get a prep race into her for the Bison City.”

The $250,000 Bison City, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race which follows Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks as the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run here July 1.

The Casse quintet is headed by Dene Court, with Sky High Lady, Sky Dreamer, Delightful Song and Spirited Miss providing accompaniment.

Dene Court, who won her maiden and finished second in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well in her two starts last year, returned to finish second to stablemate and Woodbine Oaks second choice Northern Passion in the seven-furlong Fury on April 29. A Eugene Melnyk homebred, Dene Court also will be making her turf debut here.

Sky Dreamer and Spirited Miss are the members of the Alywow field with turf wins to their credit as both graduated in their first start here last summer.

Man Stuff, undefeated in two starts, and Kissintheforest round out the field.