08/07/2007 11:00PM

Black calls on his backups


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - With Mike Fox heading to the farm for a month and Seductively returning from a summer vacation, trainer Ian Black will be looking to his bench to make some noise in stakes races.

Black will call upon Lyrically and Prophetically, who will be making their stakes debuts in Saturday's seven-furlong, $150,000 Duchess here at Woodbine.

"At this point, this is probably a good distance for them," said Black. "This will be their last opportunity for quite a while to sprint in a 3-year-old filly stakes."

Lyrically and Prophetically, both owned and bred by the Kinghaven Farm of David Willmot, have bloodlines and brief racing histories in common.

Lover's Talk is the dam of both Lyrically and Torrid Affair, who is the dam of Prophetically.

Neither Lyrically nor Prophetically raced at 2, but while Lyrically remained at home over the winter Prophetically was sent to Florida.

Black and Willmot had Woodbine Oaks aspirations for both fillies, but Prophetically and Lyrically experienced setbacks.

"We'd sent Prophetically down with hopes for the Oaks, but she cut her mouth badly at Palm Meadows and she missed quite a bit of time," said Black. "She got too far behind."

Lyrically started up early at Woodbine and made her debut on April 15, finishing second in a five-furlong maiden special. On April 28, Lyrically won her maiden over 5 1/2 furlongs but did not come back in perfect order.

"She grabbed a quarter quite badly, at a time when we couldn't afford to miss any training," said Black.

Prophetically finally debuted here May 12, finishing second over six furlongs.

Lyrically returned on May 23, winning a seven-furlong first-level allowance.

Prophetically attempted to exit the maiden ranks but finished third over 6 1/2 furlongs on May 30 and second over six furlongs on June 8.

It was Lyrically's turn next, and she finished fourth when trying turf under second-level allowance terms here June 23.

On July 7 Prophetically made the breakthrough, scoring by 5 1/2 lengths over six furlongs. Lyrically notched her third win the following afternoon, also over six furlongs

And now, the twain shall meet.

"Up until Prophetically broke her maiden, I probably would have thought Lyrically was the better of the two," said Black. "That was a very good race."

Emma-Jayne Wilson has ridden Prophetically in each of her appearances, while Corey Fraser always rides Lyrically.

Prophetically will begin from post 2 and Lyrically breaks from the outside in the seven-horse field for the Duchess.

Mike Fox gets freshening

Mike Fox, winner of the $1 million Queen's Plate, went to the farm after finishing fifth in Sunday's Breeders' Stakes.

Owned by D. Morgan Firestone, Mike Fox bled during the Breeders' and came back full of mucus, Black said. The colt will freshen up with an eye toward the $150,000 Ontario Derby here Sept. 30.

Moving into Mike Fox's stall was Seductively, a 4-year-old filly who won the six-furlong Whimsical in her season bow here April 15 but disappointed in her next two appearances.

"She bled in those races," said Black. "We thought we'd give her a break in the warmer weather, and try and bring her back for the sprints in the fall.

"She runs well fresh."

Seductively, a Kinghaven homebred, is a half-sister to Prophetically.

Financingavailable a millionaire

Financingavailable, a 6-year-old mare owned by K.K. Sangara and trained by Lorne Richards, boosted her earnings past the $1 million mark with her second-place finish here in last Sunday's Grade 3 $169,300 Royal North over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf.

The bad news was that Financingavailable passed that milestone with a second-place finish, her second runner-up finish in the Royal North.

Financingavailable, under rider Todd Kabel, chased the Reade Baker-trained Vestrey Lady throughout the Royal North but failed to reel in the front-runner.

"It was a fairly moderate pace," said Richards. "Reade's horse ran good. I knew we were going to have a hard time running by her."

Financingavailable is nominated to the $125,000 Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares here Aug. 19.

"We'll see how she comes out of this race," said Richards, who sent out Financingavailable to win last year's Victoriana.

No Duchess for these two

Dashingalltheway and Only If Split, a pair of Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in the Richards-Sangara stable, were nominated to the Duchess but will be looking for less demanding spots.

Only If Split is coming off a front-running score in a restricted six-furlong allowance for nonwinners of three here in her last start July 26. Dashingalltheway led throughout in a restricted allowance for nonwinners of two here in her last start July 21.

Jambalaya hits Windy City

Jambalaya arrived in Chicago on Wednesday morning for Saturday's $1 million Arlington Million.

Todd Phillips, husband of Jambalaya's trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, and her partner in Kingfield Racing Stable, was at wheel of the van that left Woodbine on Tuesday. Sox, the stable pony, accompanied Jambalaya.

Carbazochrome use scrutinized

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency has announced that official samples will be tested for carbazochrome, beginning Aug. 10.

Carbazochrome, colloquially known as "Kentucky Red," is a fairly common medication used to control bleeding. It can be used in combination with Lasix or on its own.

"We've got an elimination guideline of 24 hours," said Dr. Mike Weber, manager, veterinary services for the CPMA.

"There will be zero tolerance for race time."