08/16/2009 11:00PM

Barnett hot here and there

Michael Burns
San Nicola Whiskey is a winner in her stakes debut, with a stablemate from Earl Barnett's barn, You Will Love Me, second.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Earl Barnett couldn't be in two places at once.

But two of his horses were on Sunday, and both won stakes races to give the 62-year-old Barnett the biggest day of his career.

First up was Anne's Purse, capturing the $125,000 Rainbow Connection some 90 miles down the road at Fort Erie with owner and breeder Jim De Angelis and Barnett's wife and assistant, Celia, looking on.

Just 25 minutes later, here at Woodbine, Barnett watched San Nicola Whiskey become a stakes winner in the $126,200 Victoriana.

And, to put the icing on the cake, Barnett also saddled the Victoriana's second-place finisher, You Will Love Me, for owner and breeder Bill Jones.

"How do you top this for me?" said Barnett. "I'm a small guy. Most of my owners have one or two horses."

San Nicola Whiskey, a homebred, races for Cecilia, Domenic, Frank, Joe, and Tony Pidrone.

A 4-year-old by Whiskey Wisdom, San Nicola Whiskey had won her maiden over 1 1/16 miles of turf here last July but was returning for the surface for the first time and making her stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile Victoriana for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Sent off at 10-1 in a field of eight, San Nicola Whiskey rallied from last place to score by three-quarters of a length under her regular rider, Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"I'd been wanting to get her back on the grass, but they never had an Ontario-sired nonwinners of three going long," said Barnett, who had sent out San Nicola Whiskey to finish second in her last two Polytrack starts in that allowance classification. "Beating these horses, on this surface, shows me I might look at more turf racing for her now."

While Barnett does not yet know where that opportunity may present itself, he does have targets in mind for Anne's Purse and You Will Love Me.

Anne's Purse, a 4-year-old filly who also is Ontario-sired, and the 5-year-old You Love Me went through the ring without being sold at the local yearling sale and are eligible for the series of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes races here Sept. 7.

Anne's Purse could opt for the Kenora, for 3-year-olds and upwards at six furlongs or the Halton, for 3-year-olds and upwards at one mile on turf.

You Will Love Me is a candidate for the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares in which she was beaten a head as the runner-up last year, or the Halton.

Ginger Brew pointed for Canadian

Ginger Brew flashed her championship form for trainer Brian Lynch here last Saturday, leading throughout the 1 1/16 miles of the $110,700 Belle Mahone to score by a half-length under Todd Kabel.

Owned and bred by Stronach Stable, Ginger Brew was Canada's champion 3-year-old filly last year after winning the 1 1/8-mile Calder Oaks on the turf and the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and seven-furlong Jammed Lovely here on Polytrack.

Ginger Brew's Jammed Lovely score had come in her first start in more than 4 1/2 months and followed her head defeat as the runner-up in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate.

After failing to find the winner's circle in three starts in Florida early this year, Ginger Brew was moved to the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel in New York.

Her only start under Frankel's name was a second-place finish here in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, a 1o1/8-mile turf race here July 11, and she officially was reunited with Lynch shortly thereafter.

"She may have needed that last race," said Lynch. "It's good to have her come back and run like she did."

Lynch now will point Ginger Brew for the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Sept. 20.

Fanny Freud gives secondary thrill

Lynch saddled a second stakes winner here on Saturday, but this time he was deputizing for John Terranova, the trainer of the Ontario Debutante winner, Fanny Freud.

Bred in New York, Fanny Freud was making her second visit to Woodbine after finishing second in the five-furlong My Dear here June 28.

Following the My Dear, owner Paul Pompa Jr. bought into Fanny Freud, and the filly was entered in Saratoga's opening-day Schuylerville only to be scratched.

Patrick Husbands, who picked up the mount on Fanny Freud for the $156,700 Ontario Debutante, recorded his meet-leading 13th stakes win.

Wando gets winning offspring

Wando had his first winner as a sire here Sunday when D's Wando captured a seven-furlong maiden race in his third career start for trainer Ian Black.

"He's improving with every start," said Black, who had sent out D's Wando to run third in his five-furlong opener and second at six furlongs.

D's Wando was purchased at the local select yearling sale for $32,000 and will be pointed for the seven-furlong Simcoe, the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

But for now, Black will be focusing on Rahy's Attorney's appearance in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic, a 1 3/8 mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upwards.

Rahy's Attorney, a 5-year-old gelding who was Canada's top older turf male in 2007, tuned up for the Sky Classic with five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the training track turf course under regular rider Slade Callaghan here Sunday morning.

"He looked very happy - he had his ears up," said Black, who was 2 for 2 on Sunday and also successful at two locales, as Boom Town Gal won her maiden at Fort Erie.

Solid day for Landry

Robert Landry was in the riding spotlight here Sunday, booting home four winners from five mounts on the program.

Landry scored in the first race with Counter Move ($6.50), the third aboard Lookinoutforangels ($10.30), the sixth on Firetheexecutive ($14.10) and the 10th with Awesome Action ($17.30).

His only losing mount was Authenicat, who ran third as the odds-on choice in the Victoriana.

Landry now has ridden 19 winners at the meeting.