09/03/2006 11:00PM

Another Ascot wins for DePaulo barn


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mike DePaulo, with two entrants, looked to have a decent chance at getting the money in Sunday's $126,200 Vice Regent.

But while most of the stable's hopes seemed to lie on the multiple stakes winner Bad Hat, who was the 4-1 second choice, it was Another Ascot who saved the day as a 9-1 outsider in the field of eight Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

And while Another Ascot led throughout the mile of soft turf under jockey Constant Montpellier, Bad Hat trailed and was eased in upper stretch by rider Todd Kabel.

Monday morning, the good news was that Another Ascot and Bad Hat both came out of the race in good order.

"I just think it was a case that he didn't handle that turf - he was slipping and sliding," said DePaulo, reflecting on Bad Hat's performance. "He'll live to fight another day."

Another Ascot, a gelding by Ascot Knight who is owned by California Stable, got his first stakes win and remained perfect in two starts on turf. He won an Ontario-sired first-level allowance at six furlongs in his start prior to the Vice Regent.

"I'd tried to get him in a race on the turf a long time ago, but it never went," said DePaulo.

"He's not the biggest horse in the world, and with the condition of the turf being soft on Sunday, he handled it real well."

DePaulo is unsure of his next move with Another Ascot.

"He'll 'dirt' too," said DePaulo, "but Ascot Knights are better on turf."

Krz n' Flashy makes splash

DePaulo unveiled another runner here Sunday in Krz n' Flashy, a game winner of a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special.

Krz n' Flashy got loose after dropping rider Dino Luciani prior to the start, but was quickly collared and then went about his business.

"This horse is something else," said DePaulo. "I knew he was fast, but he's a little on the spooky side."

Krz n' Flashy, out of the stakes winner Krz Ldy, is half-brother to Krz Ruckus, a 9-year-old multiple stakes winner of $1.1 million.

Krz Ruckus, who won his debut for DePaulo back on June 14, 2000, made his 52nd start last Saturday at Woodbine, finishing sixth in $25,000 claiming company.

Essential Edge might fill big shoes

Trainer Eric Coatrieux and the Chiefswood Stable of Robert and Mark Krembil already have one bona fide turf star in the 5-year-old mare Ambitious Cat.

And with Ambitious Cat scheduled to head to the breeding shed at the end of the season, Essential Edge stepped up at a good time with an impressive four-length victory in the $176,300 Ontario Colleen over one mile of yielding turf here last Saturday.

Essential Edge, a 3-year-old, has had much to live up to, as the Krembils purchased her dam, Rose of Tara, for $1.95 million in foal to Storm Cat.

But Essential Edge had to undergo ankle surgery here last fall after two appearances and was slow to come around this spring, ruling out a run at the June 11 Woodbine Oaks.

Coatrieux instead prepared Essential Edge for the Bison City, the 1 1/16-mile race that follows the Woodbine Oaks as the second leg of Canada's triple tiara for 3-year-old fillies.

Essential Edge, making her first start in eight months here on June 14, was an impressive winner of a "B" maiden race at 1 1/16 miles.

And although Essential Edge ran very well in the July 2 Bison City, she settled for third, beaten 1 3/4 lengths as Kimchi and Sweet Breanna reprised their one-two Woodbine Oaks finishes.

Coatrieux then turned his attention to turf, and Essential Edge tried the surface for the first time in the one-mile prep for the Ontario Colleen here Aug. 11.

"She'd never worked on it," said Coatrieux, who had brought Essential Edge into Woodbine from her Chiefswood base only to have the turf training session canceled due to rain.

While Essential Edge finished third in the prep, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, Coatrieux was not satisfied.

"She ran all over the place," said Coatrieux. She was up and down. I didn't know what to do."

Coatrieux decided to bring Essential Edge back into Woodbine to work on the training turf for the Ontario Colleen, and she turned in a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.80 under new rider Jono Jones on Aug. 25.

"She was good that day," said Coatrieux.

Essential Edge was even better Saturday, defeating 11 other 3-year-old fillies in the open Ontario Colleen, and Coatrieux said she could make her next appearance in the $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies here Oct. 7.

Ambitious Cat, meanwhile, is on target for the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Sept. 17.

The Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Oct. 22, could be the farewell appearance for Ambitious Cat, who is looking to repeat as Canada's champion older turf female.

Pizarro rides first winner

Apprentice jockey Tyler Pizarro didn't take long to find the winner's circle, scoring here with Dancers Flyer in just his third career appearance Saturday.

Pizarro, 20, had finished eighth in his debut at Fort Erie on Aug. 22 and fourth with his second mount here last Friday.

Dancers Flyer ($18.20), a 5-year-old gelding who won his maiden in his 31st start, is owned and trained by Pizarro's grandfather John Calhoun.

Pizarro's racetrack pedigree runs deep. His father, Jorge Pizarro, rode 651 winners in a 19-year career that ended in 1998, and his mother, Donna Pizarro, is a trainer here.

Mike Luider represents Pizarro, who tacks 113 pounds.

Luider also is the agent for Emma-Jayne Wilson, last year's Eclipse Award and Sovereign Award winner, who lost her apprentice allowance on Aug. 12.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting here Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor Champions lounge.