09/01/2011 1:33PM

Born to Boogie looing for rebound


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – There will be plenty of stakes action here over the Labor Day weekend, beginning with Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway and concluding with six yearling sales stakes on the Monday program.

The stakes in the middle is Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

The Vice Regent has attracted a field of 11 that includes the undefeated Queen Street Beach.

Also on hand will be a handful of returnees from the Breeders’ Stakes, including Celtic Conviction and Crown’s Path, who had finished second and third in that 1 1/2-mile turf race but had those placings reversed following an inquiry.

And, one horse who will be eligible to improve on his Breeders’ placing is Born to Boogie, who finished a well-beaten ninth there after dueling for the lead through the first mile.

“I just think he got a little keen,” said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains Born to Boogie for Frank Anneccchini and Rocco d’Alimonte. “He was maybe a little too sharp.

“He’d had some time off, and had only the one breeze.”

Making his first appearance in seven weeks in the Breeders’, Born to Boogie was a late substitute for Head Honcho, who had suffered a season-ending setback while preparing for the race.

Born to Boogie had won a restricted first-level allowance race when making his turf debut over 1 1/16 miles in his start before the Breeders’, coming from a half-dozen lengths back to score by 1 1/4 lengths.

“There should be a little more pace here than last time” said Day Phillips, who sent out Born to Boogie to breeze five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the training track turf course here last Sunday.

“He’ll be placed forwardly, but I hope he’ll be able to settle a little bit.”

Luis Contreras will ride Born to Boogie for the first time in the Vice Regent.

Kurogane ready to go

Kurogane, who had been scheduled to make his turf and stakes debut in the Breeders’, was a last-minute defection but has joined the fray for the Vice Regent.

“He had a little foot problem, and missed about 10 days,” said Paul Attard, trains the homebred Kurogane for Chiefswood Stable. “He’s a lean horse to begin with, so that didn’t really bother him.

“He’d worked very well on turf before the Breeders’, and I think the mile will suit him.”

Kurogane has raced four times, winning his maiden and his first allowance condition here in restricted races at 1 1/16 miles, with his latest success coming in his last start on July 6.

Welloiledmachine joins fray

Welloiledmachine, who came from last place in a field of 12 to make a winning turf debut in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles here Aug. 12, also is tossing his hat into the Vice Regent ring.

“He has a pretty big turf foot,” said Mike Keogh, who trains Welloiledmachine for owners Christine and Dennis Windsor. “All along, we’ve tried to get him to relax, and he finally did.

“I would have gone to the grass with him earlier, but Christine wanted to try the Prince of Wales.”

Christine Windsor groomed Welloildmachine’s sire, Mobil, who was a multiple stakes winner and Canadian champion for the Keogh and owner/breeders Gustav Schickedanz.

Welloiledmachine finished fifth in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Pender Harbour on Fort Erie’s dirt surface.

Next uncertain for Pender Harbour

Pender Harbour, the Breeders’ winner, breezed five furlongs on the training track here Thursday morning under jockey Luis Contreras.

“It was just an easy maintenance kind of thing,” said DePaulo. “We’re still kind of up in the air on the two spots.”

DePaulo’s reference is to Pender Harbour’s next engagement, with the choices being between the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing and the $150,000 Ontario Derby here at Woodbine.

Both are open 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and will be run on Sept. 24.

Jade Prince surprises in work

Jade Prince, a candidate for Monday’s Simcoe Stakes, breezed three furlongs in 35 seconds on the main track here Thursday morning.

“I was surprised – it didn’t look like he was going that fast,” said Laurie Silvera, who trains Jade Prince for Seven Grasshoppers Racing Stable. “He was very comfortable; it was very pleasing.”

The 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, and the 6 1/2-furlong Muskoka, for 2-year-old fillies, both have had their purses bumped up to $200,000 this year.

Jade Prince, a $15,000 buy at the local select sale, faltered and finished fifth in his debut at five furlongs here July 3.

Returning four weeks later, the colt came from off the pace to score by six lengths at seven furlongs. Both races came in Ontario-sired company.

“In his first start, he absolutely didn’t run the way we thought he could,” said Silvera. “His second race was more like we expected.”

Jade Prince had raced with Lasix for his second start.

“That was the only noteworthy change,” said Silvera, who also had intended to be represented by his own Courtville in the Simcoe.

Courtville, purchased by Silvera for $5,000 at the November mixed sale here, had finished in front by a half-length in a game debut at five furlongs but had his number taken down by the stewards and was placed second.

“He came up with the snots, and a temperature, and that knocked him out of this,” said Silvera, who hopes to have Courtville back in action next weekend.

◗ The yearling sales stakes for older horses are the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares; the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings; the six-furlong Kenora; and the Halton over one mile on turf. The purses for those four stakes remain at $125,000.