Tribal Belle, making her second start of the year, won the Hendrie Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths at Woodbine.

Tribal Belle, making her second start of the year, won the Hendrie Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths at Woodbine.

Michael Burns

Tribal Belle On Top Again in Hendrie Stakes

In her second start of the year, Canadian champ surges to victory at Woodbine.

Tribal Belle, making her second start of the year, swept past  favored Dr. Zic inside the final furlong  to win the $150,726 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) by 1 1/4 lengths at Woodbine May 16.

The 2009 Sovereign Award winner as Canada's outstanding female sprinter rebounded from a nose defeat to Proud Heiress in the Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) to defeat four rivals in the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie. The final time was 1:15.34 over the Polytrack.

Ridden by James McAleney, Tribal Belle tracked in third as Dr. Zic, winner of the seven-furlong Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland five weeks earlier, showed the way over a pressing Silver Z through fractions of :22.42 and :45.18.

Tribal Belle closed in on the leaders on the turn and challenged three wide in the stretch. She drew to within a head of Dr. Zic at the eighth pole and steadily edged away under intermittent right-handed urging.

Dr. Zic, the 13-10 favorite ridden by Kent Desormeaux, finished 4 1/2 lengths clear of the show horse, Carem Crescent, with Eurico Da Silva aboard. Silver Z faded to fourth, while Proud Heiress trailed at every call.

Tribal Belle, the second choice at 17-10, was reunited with trainer Terry Jordan for the Hendrie. Jordan was serving a suspension for a medication violation at the time of the April 18 Whimsical and the 5-year-old daughter of Tribunal--B.B. Belle, by Vying Victor, was saddled by Daniel O'Callaghan.

"She's going a lot better this year than last year," said Jordan, who also won last weekend's Vigil Stakes (gr. III) with Hollywood Hit. "She's an easy horse to be with but she's a difficult horse to train. She doesn't like working. She does what she wants to do."

A Canvasback Farms' British Columbia homebred, Tribal Belle won five of six starts in 2009 to garner end-of-the-year honors. The dark bay or brown mare's victory was her 11th in 17 lifetime starts and boosted her earnings to $625,817. The Hendrie win was worth $87,237.

Tribal Belle carried 119 pounds and paid $5.50, $2.60, and $2.10 while topping a $13.60 exacta. Dr. Zic, the 124-pound highweight trained by Ken McPeek, saw her two-race win streak ended. She returned $2.80 and $2.10. In her 2010 debut for trainer Malcolm Pierce, stakes-winning Carem Crescent was $2.80 to show.

Pretty Miss Trippi was scratched by the stewards.