06/17/2010 11:00PM

Busy weekend for Barnett females


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Earl Barnett plans to have his Ontario-sired stakes mares out in full force this weekend.

On Saturday, Barnett had Anne's Purse entered in the $100,000 Zadracarta, an open overnight stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

On Sunday, You Will Love Me will be one of five fillies and mares in the Hill 'n' Dale, an open stakes that also is worth $100,000.

San Nicola Whiskey, who upset You Will Love Me in the Victoriana over 1 1/16 miles on turf here last summer, also is slated to go Sunday in a second-level optional claimer for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles on turf.

You Will Love Me, the most accomplished of the trio to date, has won five stakes races while earning $617,308.

But the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'n' Dale will be You Will Love Me's first outing in almost six months.

"It's a place to race," said Barnett, who trains the homebred 5-year-old for Bill Jones. "I haven't found a spot to run her, and she's been ready. She's in against tough horses, but she's a seasoned old horse. She should know the game pretty well by now.

"She likes the Polytrack, and she likes the mile and a sixteenth."

San Nicola Whiskey, a 5-year-old, became a stakes winner in the restricted Victoriana but remains eligible for the open second-level allowance condition. In her seasonal bow, competing under the same terms that she will Sunday, San Nicola Whiskey was prominent early but weakened to finish sixth of seven.

"She didn't run badly," Barnett said. "She was a little bit short, but she came out of it well."

Barnett's long-term goals for both You Will Love Me and San Nicola Whiskey include repeat appearances in the Victoriana and the Classy 'n Smart, an Ontario-sired stakes over 1 1/16 miles here Oct.6.

You Will Love Me won the Classy 'n Smart last year, with San Nicola Whiskey 4 1/2 lengths back in fifth.

"I have to have them right for those Ontario-sired races," Barnett said.

Carem Crescent works for stakes

Carem Crescent, winner of the Duchess and Jammed Lovely at seven furlongs here last year, breezed four furlongs in a bullet 47.60 seconds under exercise rider Mark Ramsammy on Friday morning.

A homebred 4-year-old filly who is owned by Melnyk Racing Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Carem Crescent is aiming to make her next appearance in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too here July 1.

The $100,000 Sweet Briar Too is an overnight stakes and will require a field of at least five to be carded. "There's nothing else for her," Pierce said. "I don't think she's a two-turn horse."

Carem Crescent finished fourth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths, when trying two turns for the first time in the Grade 3 Selene at 1 1/16 miles here last September.

In her only appearance this season, Carem Crescent finished third in the Grade 3 Hendrie at 6 1/2 furlongs here May 16.

Vicar Street drills on the turf

Vicar Street, a possibility for the Queen's Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the training track turf course Friday morning, with jockey Jono Jones in the irons.

Rocco d'Alimonte, who owns Vicar Street in partnership with Frank Annecchini, was trackside for the drill. D'Alimonte and Annecchini also own Mister Foricos Two U., who was beaten a neck as the runner-up to Eye of the Leopard in last year's Queen's Plate.

Vicar Street, trained by Catherine Day Phillips, is a maiden after eight starts and has been on the fringes in his three outings this season.

In his penultimate start, over 1 1/16 miles here May 8, Vicar Street was beaten 1 1/2 lengths when fourth behind Mobilizer and Smart Sky, both of whom are bound for the Queen's Plate, which will be run July 4.

Jungle Wave preps for Highlander

Jungle Wave also breezed five furlongs on the turf training track, going in 59.80 in preparation for an appearance in the July 4 Highlander.

The Highlander, a six-furlong turf race, offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $200,000.

Jungle Wave, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Tucci Stable and trained by Sid Attard, is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over seven furlongs on turf here May 30.

The outing was the second of the season for Jungle Wave, who finished fourth in the allowance prep for the Connaught Cup over the same distance and surface.

Taylor retiring as Woodbine vet

Dr. Greg Taylor, one of Woodbine's track veterinarians, will be calling it as a career at the end of the month.

Taylor, 61, came here after graduating from the nearby University of Guelph's veterinary program and this past Wednesday marked his 34th anniversary on the job.

"I just was ready to do it," Taylor said of his decision to retire while preparing for his morning rounds in his backstretch office. "I'm looking to cut back a bit. I didn't want to work full-time."

Taylor has no immediate plans, other than to enjoy the summer.

"I haven't had a summer off in more than 40 years," said Taylor, who plans to occupy some of his time by playing golf and working around the house with his wife, Mary, who retired three years ago following a longtime career as an administrative assistant for the Ontario Racing Commission.

In the meantime,Taylor will have plenty to ponder as he looks back through his career.

"Definitely, things have changed over the years," Taylor said. "We've seen the introduction of Lasix and Polytrack -- things we never had before. It's been good. I've loved it. I love the backstretch, the people that work back here. They're the real heart of horse racing."