04/27/2006 11:00PM

After Star Shoot's delay, Gumboots switches to Fury

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - After last Sunday's Star Shoot Stakes was postponed due to unsafe track conditions caused by heavy rain here at Woodbine, trainer Josie Carroll had to reevaluate her position with Gumboots.

Winner of the five-furlong prep for the Star Shoot in her seasonal debut, Gumboots was the morning-line second choice for the Star Shoot, an open six-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies that was rescheduled for this Sunday's program.

Gumboots also was nominated to the $150,000 Fury, a restricted seven-furlong race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here next Sunday.

And with the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks at 1 1/8 miles here June 11 being the ultimate prize for the Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly division, Carroll decided the Fury would be a better spot for Gumboots.

"She was going to run in the Star Shoot because she was in good order, and she still would have had two weeks to the Fury," said Carroll. "At this stage, we certainly hope she's an Oaks filly. The seven-furlong Fury distance is probably better suited to what we're trying to do long-term."

Gumboots worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds, the best of 58 works at the distance on the main track Friday morning. David Clark was aboard for the drill and has the call for the Fury.

Abounding Truth retired to Kentucky

Abounding Truth, winner of the Grade 3 Whimsical for Carroll and owner Joe Kowal here April 16, has been retired.

"She sustained an injury in the Whimsical," said Carroll, who declined to be more specific. "She's gone to Hill 'n' Dale Farm, in Kentucky. She'll be a broodmare."

Abounding Truth, a 6-year-old Florida-bred, joined Carroll's string when the trainer was at Santa Anita this winter. She retires with a career record of 7 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds and earnings of $247,849 from 17 starts.

Coastal Fortress works for Carroll

Carroll has a new shooter in the filly-mare division this year in Coastal Fortress, who was purchased privately from Minshall Farm last fall.

Coastal Fortress, an Ontario-sired 4-year-old, is owned by John Sikura in partnership with Jason Allison, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs last year.

Carroll sent out Coastal Fortress to work five furlongs in 1:00.60 here Wednesday.

Lemon Maid sent back to Florida farm

Lemon Maid, runner-up in the Sovereign Award balloting in both the 3-year-old filly and sprinter categories last year, has been sent back to the farm in Ocala, Fla., after spending a month here with trainer Malcolm Pierce.

"She only had one breeze," said Pierce, who trains Lemon Maid for Live Oak Plantation. "I just wasn't happy with the way she was going. I couldn't figure out what was wrong; I just wasn't ready to go on with her. Hopefully, she'll be back later."

Lemon Maid, a Kentucky-bred, had her last campaign cut short due to an ankle chip, but Pierce said that problem had been remedied and was not connected to her current situation.

Cryptograph may return in Eclipse

Meanwhile, Pierce is looking forward to the return of Cryptograph, who was second in the Sovereign Award older male balloting last year.

Cryptograph, owned by Pin Oak Stable, joined Pierce here last summer and won the Grade 3 Durham Cup and Grade 3 Woodbine Slots Cup in the fall.

The Grade 3 Eclipse, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds, would be a logical spot for Cryptograph's seasonal debut.

"He's coming along nicely, but it's going to be really tight for the Eclipse," said Pierce. "If we don't make it, it's not the end of the world. It's a long year."

Jockey group gets new secretary manager

Harvey Schwartz has signed on as secretary manager of the Jockey Benefits Association Canada.

Schwartz replaces Irwin Driedger, who left early this year to become manager of racing surfaces for Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Schwartz, 60, is winding up his law practice while assuming his full-time duties for the JBAC.

"I've had a lot of dealings with racehorse issues over the years," said Schwartz. "I've appeared before the Ontario Racing Commission on behalf of numerous owners, jockeys, and trainers."

In the past, Schwartz also has been involved in Thoroughbred racing as an owner.

Five-day schedule kicks in this week

Woodbine swings into its full five-day-a-week schedule this week as Wednesday and Thursday racing joins the lineup.

Post time for the first race on Wednesdays will be 6:50 p.m. Post time for the first race on Thursdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays is 1:10 p.m.

Woodbine racing secretary Steve Lym said eight races would be carded on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Thereafter, the general scheme will call for eight races on Wednesdays and nine on Thursdays.

* Woodbine will offer common-pool wagering with two more Thoroughbred tracks in the United States beginning May 9. Woodbine will be matching the host track's pools at Delaware Park, but at Prairie Meadows the takeout on the trifecta, superfecta, and pick three will be 25 percent here, compared to the host track's 22 percent.