09/01/2010 11:44AM

Blinkers may help wake up Carem Crescent in Seaway

Michael Burns
Carem Crescent was runner-up for a Sovereign Award in 2009 but has yet to find her stride this year.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Carem Crescent, a winner of two stakes and runner-up to Tribal Belle for the new filly and mare sprinter Sovereign Award last year, has yet to find her best stride this season.

On Saturday at Woodbine, Carem Crescent will be looking to turn things around in the $150,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares which attracted a field of five.

“She’s been a little disappointing, after the year she had last year,” said Malcolm Pierce, who trains the homebred Carem Crescent for owner Eugene Melnyk.

Carem Crescent opened up her current campaign with a respectable third-place finish behind Tribal Belle and the invading Dr. Zic in the Grade 3, 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie on May 16. But, after failing to move forward from that opener when fifth behind Indian Apple Is and Tribal Belle in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too on July 1, a change in venue was deemed to be in order.

Carem Crescent, racing on dirt for the first time in the six-furlong Regret at Monmouth Park on Aug. 1, was bumped at the start and trailed throughout under Eddie Castro.

“The rider said she just didn’t like the dirt,” said Pierce.

Carem Crescent has breezed twice here since that journey, with her latest move a bullet four-furlong breeze in 47.40 seconds on Aug. 21.

“I breezed her with a little pair of blinkers on her, and they seemed to help,” said Pierce. “I’ll put blinkers on her for the race, and see if that improves her.”

Carem Crescent’s opponents in the Seaway include Tribal Belle, Indian Apple Is, supplementary nominee Hooh Why, and Mother Russia, who is based in Saratoga and would be making her first start on a synthetic surface.

Gangster Rap makes first start for Jordan in Simcoe

Terry Jordan, who will send out Tribal Belle for the Seaway, also plans to saddle his first horse in a local 2-year-old yearling stakes with Gangster Rap slated to run in Monday’s Simcoe.

The Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for colts and geldings, will be one of six $125,000 stakes on the Labor Day program for horses who went through the ring at the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s September yearling sales.

Gangster Rap, who sold for $1,000 at the open session, began his career with a solid second-place finish for owner/trainer Nathan Squires in a restricted 5 1/2-furlong maiden race here July 25.

Jordan then purchased Gangster Rap for an undisclosed sum and the gelding now is owned by Peter Redekop.

“I’ve had him for a month now,” said Jordan.

“I think he’s improving a little, off his last race. He was running at the end there, and with the stakes being a little bit farther I think it gives him a decent shot. I think he’ll run pretty good.”

Another leading candidate for the Simcoe is Born to Boogie, who also would be making the second start of his career.

Purchased for $40,000 at the select session, Born to Boogie is owned by Rocco d’Alimonte and Frank Annecchini in partnership with trainer Catherine Day Phillips and her husband, Todd Phillips.

“He’s a nice horse; he’s done everything properly from the start,” said Day Phillips. “I liked him a lot from the very beginning.”

Born to Boogie justified that opinion in his debut, scoring by 1 3/4 lengths in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race under Jono Jones.

“He handled his first start very professionally,” said Day Phillips. “Hopefully, he can build on that.”

Selembao seeks fourth straight in Algoma

Day Phillips is planning to send out a second yearling sales stakes contestant in Selembao, whose target is the 1 1/16-mile Algoma for fillies and mares.

Selembao, a 4-year-old owned by D’Alimonte and Annecchini, would be making just her fifth career start in the Algoma while seeking her fourth straight score and her third in as many appearances this season.

“She’s very talented, but she’s a delicate little filly, and I try to be as gentle on her as possible,” said Day Phillips.

Selembao, who had graduated in her second start when stretching out to 1 1/16 miles here last May, had been absent for 11 months when she returned to win a first-level allowance over the same distance on June 20.

Swinging back into action on Aug. 14, Selembao was a game winner of her second allowance condition at the same distance. All of her outings have come in Ontario-sired company.

“Fitness-wise, she probably would have benefited from her last race,” said Day Phillips, who sent out Selembao to breeze four furlongs in 48.60 here last Saturday.

“She seems to have come out of the race in good order.”

Pizarro picks up new agent

Jockey Scott Lane now is booking mounts for rider Tyler Pizarro, who formerly was represented by his sister Kerry Beauclaire.

Lane also is the agent for Krista Carignan, who is the leading rider at Fort Erie and also is active at Woodbine.

Pizarro, 24, was sidelined for six weeks this summer after suffering a broken collar bone in a spill on July 10.

Jockey Club names new executive director

Stacie Roberts, who has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for more than 25 years, has been named the new executive director of the Jockey Club of Canada.

Jim Lawson, chief steward of the Jockey Club of Canada, announced the appointment, which will be effective Sept. 7, in a press release issued on Wednesday.

Roberts is the daughter of Les Roberts, who owned horses under his own name and under the nom du course Wings of Erin Farm. Her brother, Steve Roberts, has been a trainer but is working this year as the agent for jockey David Clark.

Stacie Roberts also was the publisher of “The Game”, a Thoroughbred racing monthly which was distributed across Canada.

Along with her administrative duties for the Jockey Club of Canada, Roberts will fill the same role for the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association of Ontario, an organization which is led by Sue Leslie.

The Jockey Club of Canada, founded in 1973 by the late E.P. Taylor, serves as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry.

The JCC’s duties also include organizing the Sovereign Awards and administering the Canadian graded stakes program.