09/15/2008 11:00PM

Baywoods provides boost to Defreitas

Email

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Carl Defreitas had toiled here in relative anonymity since his arrival in 1998, winning just eight races and seeing his workload grow increasingly lighter in the last two years.

But Defreitas, 42, has found himself in the spotlight this summer due to the exploits of Baywoods, a 5-year-old mare that he piloted to her meet-leading fifth consecutive victory here last Saturday.

"This is my best year," said Defreitas, who is winning at a 50 percent clip while going 5 for 6 aboard Baywoods and 0 for 4 with his other mounts.

Baywoods, a Florida-bred, was claimed for $10,000 by owner-trainer Desmond Maynard and later was acquired privately by Laura Delorey, who is married to Defreitas.

Lorne Richards, who employs Delorey as assistant trainer and Defreitas as exercise rider, is the trainer of record for Baywoods. But he acknowledges that his main duty is choosing the mare's races.

"Carl and Laura put in a lot of time with her," Richards said. "They deserve most of the credit."

Defreitas, born in Guyana, spent eight years riding in the Barbados before moving here in 1998 and has never employed an agent.

"I always want to ride more, but I want to ride horses that have a chance," he said. "No matter how good you are, you have to have live horses to win races.

"Every time Baywoods has run lately, she's been the best."

While downplaying his contribution as her race rider, Defreitas said Baywoods is not the easiest horse to be around.

"She's pretty difficult to gallop," he said. "She's very nervous. She needs lots of patience.

"We get along very nicely. I understand her."

Since finishing third in a $20,000 claiming race for nonwinners of three in her first start this season, Baywoods won in that condition for the same price, then scored in open company when running for tags of $12,500, $19,000, $23,500, and $30,000.

While speed is her forte, Baywoods also has shown an ability to stalk when necessary, and her successes seem to be coming in increasingly facile fashion.

"I knew she had ability, but I didn't think she'd be this good," Defreitas said. "She won her last race very easily. That was her best yet."

Richards adds that Baywoods has maintained her form despite circumstances that could have dictated otherwise.

"She's been in extreme heat all year," Richards said. "But when she's running good, you don't want to really change anything on her."

Dancingalltheway shipping to Hastings

Richards plans to send Dancingalltheway to Vancouver on Thursday and will be there to saddle the gelding for Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby.

Dancingalltheway is owned by K.K. Sangara, who also has Wink at the Girls headed for the 1 1/8-mile Hastings showpiece.

Justin Stein is scheduled to fly out for the mount on Dancingalltheway, while Gerry Olguin will travel for the call on Wink at the Girls. Both Stein and Olguin began their careers in Vancouver.

Dancingalltheway has won her last two starts in Ontario-sired company, taking a first-level allowance at six furlongs on Aug. 1 and a second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 14.

Wink at the Girls, claimed for $75,000 at Santa Anita this winter, lost by a nose as runner-up in his last start, in the 1 1/16-mile Jim Kostoff Stakes at Fairplex on Sept. 5.

Stranger Things to Victorian Queen

Richards will be in stakes action here Wednesday evening, with Stranger Things on target for the $125,000 Victorian Queen for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Stranger Things will be seeking her second straight score; she won her maiden by seven lengths at the same distance here Aug. 29.

"She's a pretty nice filly," said Richards, who was saddling Stranger Things for the first time Aug. 19. "I like her an awful lot."

Stranger Things was one of three 2-year-olds, along with Shut It Down and Conflicting Report, who were purchased privately by Richards for Sangara. All three had finished second in their first lifetime starts for trainer Mark Casse.

Shut It Down, an Ontario-sired gelding, finished second when debuting for his new barn in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings here Sept. 1.

Conflicting Report, a Florida-bred colt, has not raced since losing by a nose in his debut at six furlongs on turf here Aug. 2.

Cawaja Beach works quickly

Cawaja Beach, the most accomplished runner in the Victorian Queen lineup, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 here Tuesday morning.

Regular rider Daniel David was aboard for the work, the fastest of 23 at the distance.

"She had another horse break off six or seven lengths in front of her, just to give her a target," said trainer Scott Fairlie, who also is a co-owner and co-breeder of Cawaja Beach. "She went good. She was very relaxed, very professional."

Cawaja Beach is undefeated in three starts, winning her maiden at 4 1/2 furlongs and adding stakes wins in the 5 1/2-furlong Nandi and six-furlong Shady Well.