08/10/2005 11:00PM

Buck raring to go with No Dilettante


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - No Dilettante certainly was serious enough in his debut, trouncing Ontario-sired maidens by five lengths.

Now Bev Buck, who is the owner, trainer, and breeder of the 2-year-old colt, will be looking to move to the next level when she saddles No Dilettante for Sunday's $159,900 Vandal Stakes.

"I can't wait. I'm like a kid at Christmas," said Buck, who was one of the first in line when entries for the Vandal were taken Thursday morning.

No Dilettante is by Bold Executive out of Lindrick, who had not been Buck's first choice as the broodmare for her prospective foal.

"I'd always wanted to breed Pompeii Hollow to Bold Executive," said Buck, who had trained Pompeii Hollow and purchased her privately following the conclusion of her career. Pompeii Hollow unfortunately died before Buck could realize that plan, so she purchased that mare's dam, Lindrick, and bred her to the popular Bold Executive, with the result being No Dilettante.

"He was a perfect foal," said Buck. "He was extremely correct. And, he's turning out to be as good as we hoped."

Buck brought No Dilettante into the track last fall before sending him to her farm in Keswick for the winter.

"He was trying to do too much as a yearling, so I gave him time off," said Buck. "I only got on him about three times in the winter, that was it. I had him pretty fit as a yearling.

"I just turned him out in a big field, in the ice and snow, with two other yahoos. They had lots of room to run and keep fit."

No Dilettante returned to Woodbine in early March and gradually began building up to his first start.

"I gave him lots of long, slow miles," said Buck. "I tried to keep him working slow enough so he wouldn't buck his shins."

No Dilettante's debut still ended up being delayed, by a slight upper respiratory problem. But when Buck did get No Dilettante to the races, in a July 30 maiden special at 5 1/2 furlongs with jockey Emile Ramsammy doing the honors, there was no mistaking his readiness.

"He'd just played with everything we'd worked him with out of the gate," said Buck. "Emile loved him ever since the first time he got on him."

Buck, who had been looking toward the six-furlong Vandal before No Dilettante's debut, found fault with just one aspect of his performance.

"He was seeing and hearing everything down the lane, and lugging in," said Buck.

Buck sent out No Dilettante for a leisurely three-furlong spin under Ramsammy here last Saturday, with the object of monitoring his behavior, and was satisfied with the exercise.

No Dilettante will break from post 3 in the Vandal with Ramsammy retaining the mount. Edenwold, Moon Worship, Victoria's Boy, and Blistering Fx complete the field.

Silver Impulse set for Duchess

Silver Impulse had her final tune-up for Saturday's seven-furlong Duchess Stakes here Thursday morning, breezing three furlongs in 38.20 seconds on a muddy training track.

And while her trainer and co-owner, Stanley Baresich, acknowledges that Silver Impulse will be an outsider in the six-horse field, he is not about to concede the major awards.

"I've been aiming her for this race," said Baresich, who claimed Silver Impulse for $62,500 from her debut last summer and later sent her out to become a stakes winner here last fall in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie. "I believe the seven furlongs is against her, but she's been off for a while and should be sharp."

Silver Impulse opened up her current campaign with a third-place finish in the seven-furlong Fury, her first stop on the road to the June 12 Labatt Woodbine Oaks. But she finished a distant fourth in the Grade 3 Selene, the 1 1/16-mile race that was her final Oaks tune-up, and a nonthreatening eighth in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks.

Baresich took heart from Silver Impulse's last start, however, as she finished third in a 1 1/16-mile race won by Higher World, who is among her Duchess opponents. Apprentice rider Emma Wilson, the leading jockey here, was aboard for the first time that day and will looking for her first stakes win with Silver Impulse in the Duchess.

"Emma rode her well last time," said Baresich. "We're not getting the five pounds here, but she knows her pretty well."

Visiting apprentice has a winner

Apprentice jockey Justin Stein, here to test the Woodbine waters on Wednesday and Thursday, didn't waste much time in making a splash.

A 25-year-old native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Stein scored with his second mount, guiding Prized Deed to victory in Wednesday's night's ninth and final race.

Stein was scheduled to be back riding Friday at Hastings, where he is the second-leading rider, and was to return there Sunday after spending Saturday at Edmonton's Northlands Park.

Arlington connection in place

Wednesday's Arlington card was the first opportunity for Canadian customers to wager directly into a Thoroughbred pool at a U.S. track.

"Everything went smoothly," said Sean Pinsonneault, Woodbine's vice-president of wagering operations. "There were no issues.

"We're moving in the right direction. We're very excited about the Arlington Million card coming up Saturday."

Wednesday's Arlington handle from Woodbine was $177,000, which is a 19 percent increase from the $149,000 wagered on the same day last year.

* For the third consecutive time, an overnight stakes did not attract enough entrants to be carded. The $75,000 With Approval, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward scheduled for Sunday, attracted six horses, including an entry, which did not meet management's criteria for inclusion.