11/17/2006 12:00AM

Blackies Cuttie out till next spring


PORTLAND, Ore. - Blackies Cuttie will be out of action for three to four months after suffering a hairline stress fracture of her cannon bone, according to trainer Ben Root.

Blackies Cuttie, an impressive winner of her first two starts, finished third at 1-10 odds in the Janet Wineberg Stakes for Oregon-bred 2-year-old fillies on Nov. 5. She initially seemed to come out of the race without injury, but a second set of X-rays revealed the barely perceptible fracture.

"It doesn't look like much at all on the X-ray, but I'm sure it caused her enough pain to keep her from running her race," said Root. "I'm just glad we caught it, because it would have gotten worse if I had kept training her."

The trainer's father, veterinarian Jack Root, said Blackies Cuttie will require 10 days of stall rest followed by two to four weeks of light, controlled exercise before being turned out for about three months.

"The good news is that the prognosis is excellent," said Dr. Root. "They usually come back as good as new from this injury. The downside is that horses who suffer this injury have a slightly higher risk of suffering it again."

Ben Root said that Blackies Cuttie, a daughter of Cascadian who races for Larry Faist, could be ready to race again before this meeting ends on May 5. He said it is likely that she will make her next start early in next year's Emerald Downs meeting.

Invaders take on Wineberg winners

Silver Patrona, who upset Blackies Cuttie in the six-furlong Janet Wineberg, and Ex Mountain Cop, who won the Bill Wineberg by 8 1/4 lengths on the same day, will be the ones to beat in Sunday's twin six-furlong stakes offerings, the Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the Columbia River Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

The favorites will face fresh challenges from a pair of California invaders, however. Trainer Jason Homer will saddle Stylish Snowbound for the Lassie and War on Terror for the Columbia River. Stylish Snowbound, a Washington-bred daughter of Snowbound, has finished second and third against maiden company in two starts in northern California.

"We bought her at last year's OTBA sale, so this will be a kind of homecoming for her," said Homer. "She is unusual for a Snowbound, because she has been coming from off the pace. I kind of like that, but she actually has speed. She has been breaking poorly, but she might run a different kind of race if she gets out of the gate."

War on Terror, a California-bred son of Northern Devil, graduated against $20,000 maidens in his debut at Golden Gate in September. He then ran sixth and second against $40,000 starter allowance company before being claimed out of a $12,500 race in which he finished third on Nov. 9.

"I'll be running him back pretty quickly, but it is either that or wait for several weeks to run him," said Homer. "He got in a speed duel and tired in his last race, but he came out of it well and he shipped up here without any problems. I like him a lot, and I think he will fit pretty well with the 2-year-olds we have up here."

Mare's debut was worth the wait

You never know when you will see something special in horse racing, but you wouldn't think it would be in a $4,000 maiden claiming event at Portland Meadows. That was where trainer Cindy Hoover unveiled the unstarted 5-year-old mare Barbs Last on last Sunday's card, and she looked pretty special while winning off by 13 lengths at 22-1 in 1:05.85 for 5 1/2 furlongs, a rapid time for Portland.

"I was shocked," said Hoover. "If I had known she could run like that I never would have started her for $4,000, though I doubt if anyone would want to claim an unstarted 5-year-old. She had been working a half-mile in 50 and change, so I never would have guessed she had the kind of speed she showed in her race.

"Once she opened up six lengths on the field, though, I knew they'd never catch her. She is almost 18 hands high, and she has a big old stride that really eats up the ground."

Barbs Last, a daughter of Detox and Only Mine, by Barbaric Spirit, races for breeder Don Munger. Hoover said Munger will have to decide where to run her next.

"I haven't got any idea where she will fit," said the trainer. "I'm still trying to digest her first race."

Catalog lists 260 for winter sale

Catalogs are out for the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual winter mixed sale, which will be held in the M.J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion on the grounds of Emerald Downs on Dec. 3, beginning at 11 a.m.

Two hundred and sixty hips have been cataloged, including 143 yearlings. The yearlings include sons and daughters of such nationally prominent sires as Black Minnaloushe, Doneraile Court, Horse Chestnut, Mutakddim, Quiet American, Royal Anthem, Stormy Atlantic, and Wagon Limit. Also offered are yearlings by such successful Northwest sires as Slewdledo, Basket Weave, He's Tops, Petersburg, Stephanotis, and Tribunal.