07/26/2009 11:00PM

Breeders' preparations down to wire

Michael Burns
Gallant, here winning the Prince of Wales, breezed five furlongs Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Eye of the Leopard, winner as the favorite in the Queen's Plate, and Gallant, upsetter in the Prince of Wales, head a list of 11 candidates for Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.

The Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race, follows Woodbine's 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate and Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales as the final leg in the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

With no special turf session scheduled for the main course, and the turf training track closed because of recent rains, all of the Breeders' candidates had their final major workouts on the main track.

Eye of the Leopard had his prep on Monday, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.80 under Eurico Rosa da Silva while working with maiden stablemate Dance Into Heaven.

"He sat off Dance Into Heaven, and just cruised by him," said trainer Mark Frostad. "It was a nice, easy work."

Gallant tuned up on Sunday with a five-furlong breeze in 1:02 under jockey Corey Fraser.

"Another horse started to come up beside him, but Corey didn't let it faze him," said trainer Mark Casse. "I thought he worked real well."

Mr. Foricos Two U and Keino West will join Eye of the Leopard as the only horses to contest all three legs of the series.

Second in the Queen's Plate but fifth of sixth in the Prince of Wales, Mr. Foricos Two U worked five furlongs in 1:01 under jockey Patrick Husbands on Monday, going in company with recent maiden winner Altona Road

"He broke off about six lengths behind Altona Road, came running down the lane, and caught him at the wire," said trainer Catherine Day Phillips.

Keino West, who made late gains when he finished sixth in the Plate and fourth in the Wales, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Sunday under regular rider Gerry Olguin.

"I just wanted to keep him happy," said Steve Attard. "It was an easy work, just to make sure everything was fine. I worked him without blinkers. We might take the blinkers off."

Other Breeders' candidates are coming into the race from a variety of directions.

Reservoir, off since finishing 11th in the Plate, worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.20 on Sunday with regular rider Jim McAleney aboard.

"He's not a good work horse by himself," said trainer Julia Carey. "One of my own horses went with him, and a third horse who wasn't mine joined in. They had a head start, and he caught them."

Parabola, winner of a restricted second-level allowance in his turf debut at 1 1/16 miles here July 8, worked six furlongs in 1:17 on Sunday with jockey Chantal Sutherland in the irons.

"She went slow early, and gradually let him pick it up," said trainer Barbara Minshall. "It was a good lung-opener. He galloped out real good."

Trainer Analis Delmas sent out her three Breeders' hopefuls to work four furlongs on Monday, with Guipago going in 48.80 seconds, Hisaki in 50, and Mensch in 50.

Hisaki is coming off a third-place finish in the open Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles on turf, while Guipago and Mensch ran one-two in a recent maiden race over 1 3/8 miles on the grass.

Full Throttle, coming off a third-place finish in a 1 1/4-mile maiden race on the main track for trainer Mike Keogh, worked six furlongs in 1:14.80 on Sunday with jockey Todd Kabel doing the honors.

Genius Kinshasa, who worked five furlongs in 1:02 last Friday, won a restricted first-level allowance race over 1 1/4-miles on turf in his last start.