04/18/2012 4:29PM

Woodbine: Tu Endie Wei upholding family honor

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Michael Burns
Tu Endie Wei, with Jim McAleney up, wins the Star Shoot.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tu Endie Wei came to the races with a tough act to follow, as her older half-sister Biofuel was Canada’s horse of the year and the champion of her division as a 3-year-old.

But Tu Endie Wei, a homebred who races for Kentuckian Brereton C. Jones and is trained by Reade Baker, is closing that gap as she took home the Sovereign Award as Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly and returned to action here last Saturday with an impressive victory in the Star Shoot Stakes.

Tu Endie Wei made all of her starts in stakes as a 2-year-old, winning three sprints here but finishing seventh when she journeyed to Keeneland for the Grade 1 Alcibiades at 1 1/16 miles.

Following her Nov. 13 victory here in the Glorious Song, Tu Endie Wei spent some time at nearby Curraghmore Farm before moving to her owner’s Airdrie Farm in Kentucky where she was turned out before joining Baker early this year at Palm Meadows.

“Everything’s been perfect,” said Baker, a couple of mornings after watching Tu Endie Wei romp to a 5 1/2-length victory in the six-furlong Star Shoot under regular rider Jim McAleney.

Next up for Tu Endie Wei will be the Grade 3 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies with a purse of $250,000 here May 13.

Biofuel won both the Fury and the Selene, which was run in the fall that year, as a 3-year-old, and 4 of her 6 career stakes wins came at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.

Baker believes that Tu Endie Wei also will handle a longer trip.

“It’s not like she was getting caught the other day,” said the trainer, who is inclined to discount Tu Endie Wei’s prior attempt at a middle distance in the Alcibiades.

“It was the first day of the meet, and that really hurt her,” said Baker. “I didn’t get a chance to school her in the paddock, in front of all those people in there. I won’t let that happen again.”

All remaining well, Baker will be living up to that promise, as opportunities for Tu Endie Wei are few and far between here following the Selene, and hitting the road probably will be unavoidable.