ETOBICOKE, Ontario &ndash; Trainer Dale Romans will saddle Shackleford in Saturday&rsquo;s Kentucky Derby, so he has a valid excuse for not being at Woodbine when his diminutive charge Black N Beauty competes in the $150,000 Queenston Stakes.\r\nThe seven-furlong Queenston is an important prep for the $1 million Queen&rsquo;s Plate on June 26. It has lured four other Ontario-bred 3-year-olds, including Oh Canada and Bear&rsquo;s Chill.\r\nBlack N Beauty won his maiden last fall at Churchill before spending the winter at Gulfstream, where he led throughout a one-mile allowance in January. He subsequently ran fifth behind Dialed In in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and was pulled up in the Grade 2 Hutcheson.\r\nBlack N Beauty rebounded here April 16 in the six-furlong Woodstock Stakes, rallying wide from off a quick pace to finish a close second.\r\n&ldquo;He ran big up there on the Polytrack,&rdquo; Romans said. &ldquo;I expect him to improve with a trip over the track. I never really did get a good explanation for the poor performance at Gulfstream.&rdquo;\r\nRomans said Black N Beauty might be better suited to seven furlongs than six furlongs.\r\n&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a horse who likes to settle and come running,&rdquo; Romans said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping that [he&rsquo;ll go longer], so that he can get to the Queen&rsquo;s Plate.&rdquo;\r\nBlack N Beauty breezed a half-mile in 48.80 seconds on the Polytrack here May 1. \r\n&ldquo;I saw it on tape,&rdquo; Romans said. &ldquo;It looked pretty good to me.&rdquo; \r\nOh Canada closed to win the Woodstock following a 4 1/2-month layoff, much to the delight of trainer Bob Tiller, who said that the gelding has trained encouragingly since.\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with my horse,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s going into it in great shape. I&rsquo;ve got him as ready as I can get him. We&rsquo;re hoping to run him long, and this is another step.&rdquo;\r\nOh Canada earned a 79 Beyer Speed Figure in the Woodstock, which wasn&rsquo;t close to the 92 Beyer that Bear&rsquo;s Chill got the next day when he won a seven-furlong allowance after setting a moderate pace with the wind at his back.\r\n&ldquo;It looks like Bear&rsquo;s Chill has all the speed,&rdquo; Tiller said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s going to have things his own way.&rdquo;\r\nCompleting the field are Say No More, who captured a seven-furlong allowance by five lengths with an 85 Beyer in his season opener, and Sardonicus, who wound up third behind Bear&rsquo;s Chill on April 17.