Updated on 09/16/2011 8:46AM

Anglian Prince still going


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Anglian Prince was back on the work tab Wednesday, going six furlongs in 1:14 under exercise rider Oneil Walcott on the fast main track.

"It was a nice, comfortable work," said trainer Mort Hardy, who is pointing Anglian Prince to the July 21 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. The $500,000 Prince of Wales, a 1 3/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Anglian Prince finished a closing second in the opening leg, the $1 million Queen's Plate here June 23, after breaking from post 12 in the field of 13.

The 1 1/4-mile Plate was the sixth start of the year for Anglian Prince, who made his 2002 debut here March 31. The only other Plate entrant who had run as many times this year heading into the race was Delaware shipper Fuzzy Star, who also was making his sixth appearance after opening up his campaign at Gulfstream Park March 9.

Anglian Prince also was the first Plate contestant to work back for the Wales, drilling five furlongs in 1:00.60 last Wednesday, but certainly is showing no signs of letting up.

"It doesn't bother him at all," said Hardy. "He loves to go out and train.

"You'll get the odd horse who just doesn't want to go down the road [to the track]. He's never like that."

Hardy plans to breeze Anglian Prince once more here next week before sending him to Fort Erie.

"We'll probably give him a little half-mile before we ship him," said Hardy. "He'll go a day or two before the race, and gallop once over the racetrack."

Options for Barbeau Ruckus

Barbeau Ruckus is under consideration for the Prince of Wales after having finished seventh, beaten 4 1/2 lengths, in the Plate.

But trainer Ross Armata has kept his options open by entering Barbeau Ruckus in Saturday's $163,050 Toronto Cup, an open 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

"We'll wait until Saturday to make a decision," said Armata, who trains Barbeau Ruckus for his daughter, Jennifer, and Monty Muthulingham.

Barbeau Ruckus did not make the tab Wednesday when he breezed three furlongs under regular rider Dino Luciani on the firm turf training course here, as he was clocked in 41 seconds, .20 slower than the cutoff for an official workout.

Armata, however, viewed the work in a positive light.

"I liked the way he handled it," said the trainer. "His action seemed to be good."

El Soprano works well

El Soprano, who also is among the six entrants in the Grade 3 Toronto Cup, drilled five furlongs in 59.60 seconds under exercise rider Paul O'Sullivan on the turf training course Wednesday.

El Soprano, a colt owned by Stronach Stable, worked in company with stablemate Smart Choice, a maiden 3-year-old filly who was clocked in 59.40.

"That was as good a work as he's ever worked for me since I've had him," said trainer Roger Attfield, who took over as the trainer of El Soprano at the beginning of the meet.

El Soprano is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Charlie Barley, a one-mile turf race here June 23. The top three finishers from that race - Portcullis, Classic Case, and Funny Soldier - also are back for the Toronto Cup.

The horse to beat, however, could be Tails of the Crypt, who finished fourth against older rivals in the Dominion Day over 1 1/4 miles on the main track here July 1 and ran well in his only turf outing here last year.

The Toronto Cup will go as the eighth race and will be televised live on "Woodbine Post Time on Sportsnet," a two-hour show that begins at 3 p.m.

Attfield enters two

Attfield will have two representatives in Saturday's supporting feature, with Bala and Winning Chance both entered in the $107,000 Wilderness Song Stakes.

Bala and Winning Chance both worked four furlongs, but not in company, on the fast training track Wednesday, with the former clocked in 48.80 seconds and the latter in 49.20.

They will race as separate betting interests, with Bala being owned by Kinghaven Farm and Winning Chance by Stronach Stable.

Bala is coming off an impressive first-level allowance score over 1 1/16 miles of sloppy going here June 15.

Winning Chance opened her campaign with a romping win in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles but finished eighth of 10 when she returned six days later in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

The Wilderness Song, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of seven headed by Silver Nithi, who captured Fort Erie's Bison City in her last start, and Lady Shari, winner of the Grade 1 Mazarine here last fall.

The race, which will go as the sixth, also is part of the Sportsnet telecast.