08/04/2009 11:00PM

C Karma back in De Gannes barn


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - C Karma is back in town with trainer Greg De Gannes and will be looking to get back on track in Friday's one-mile turf prep for the Ontario Colleen, to be run Aug. 30.

Bred in Florida, C Karma began her career here and has made 7 of her 12 starts for the Woodbine-based trainer. She also made three starts with her owner and breeder, Pamela Edel, as the trainer of record, and her last two came for Manuel Estevez.

In her last race for De Gannes, C Karma finished seventh in the Sweetest Chant over one mile on turf at Gulfstream in January.

"She condylar-fractured her cannon bone, and it was repaired with two screws," he said.

C Karma returned to action on May 30 at Calder, finishing sixth over five furlongs of sloppy going in the off-the-turf Cool Air.

Four weeks later, C Karma ran second at Calder in the Lulu's Ransom, another off-the-turf overnight stakes that was run over one mile. After watching C Karma finish seventh in the mile and 70-yard Runaway Marcie at Calder, Edel elected to make a move, De Gannes said.

"There were some issues with the track at Calder," said De Gannes. "She didn't run particularly good on the dry, deep, cuppy going, so the owner decided to send her back to Woodbine."

C Karma had run well on both racing surfaces here last year, winning her maiden and finishing third in the six-furlong Ontario Debutante on Polytrack and winning the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile on turf.

The Natalma win earned C Karma an automatic berth in Santa Anita's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and she finished eighth of 12, beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

In her next start, with Edel as trainer, C Karma won the 5 1/2-furlong Pontalba on the dirt at the Fair Grounds.

"It's hard to tell which surface she prefers," said De Gannes.

Local purchase looking good

De Gannes also plans to be represented in Sunday's $150,000 Vandal, with Mobthewarrior his barn's candidate for the six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

Mobthewarrior, a $23,000 buy at the local select yearling sale, romped by 6 1/4 lengths in his 4 1/2-furlong debut here June 11 and then finished a close fifth as the 8-5 choice in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon on July 4.

"That was a funny kind of day," said De Gannes of July 4. "Everything was winning on the outside, and he was kind of stuck down on the inside.

"He didn't learn much in his first start, and he was a little intimidated. Hopefully, he gained from the experience. Judging by his training since then, he did."

De Gannes also believes that Mobthewarrior, a son of Mobil, will appreciate the five-week gap since the Clarendon, plus the extra distance of the Vandal.

"The Mobils have speed, but I think as the run longer they'll get better," said De Gannes. It doesn't matter what surface."

Maiden winner pointed for Summer

Mobil Unit became Mobil's second winner when he won his maiden in impressive front-running fashion over six furlongs on turf here Monday,

"I'll probably nominate him to the Summer Stakes and go from there," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil Unit for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "I wouldn't run him before then."

The Grade 3, $300,000 Summer, a one-mile turf race here Sept. 19, is a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race.

Woodsmoke to go in Duchess

Woodsmoke, a stakes winner on both Polytrack and turf, will start for Keogh and Schickedanz in Saturday's $150,000 Duchess at seven furlongs on the main track.

In five starts, Woodsmoke has compiled a record of three wins and a second-place finish, with her only unplaced effort coming when she was very rank and tired after opening a long lead in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette.

Woodsmoke's stakes scores came in the Fury at seven furlongs here May 3 and the Alywow over 6 1/2 furlongs on turf on June 7.

In her last start, Woodsmoke was beaten 3 1/2 lengths as the runner-up to Mullins Beach in the Ontario Damsel over 6 1/2 furlongs on turf on July 5.

"She ran her race," said Keogh. "She was giving weight to everybody, and she's a little erratic sometimes."

Woodsmoke tuned up for the Duchess with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.20 on the main track here last Saturday.

Filly back on main track

Politelyprecocious has been entered in a first-level allowance at seven furlongs on Friday's program.

In her most recent appearance, Politelyprecocious finished third when competing in the same classification but over seven furlongs of turf.

Earlier this year, she was unplaced in the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City for Keogh and Schickedanz.

"This looks like a very good spot," said Keogh. "I think seven-eighths, and Polytrack, is her trip."

Politelyprecocious and her stablemate First Circle both were $47,000 buy-backs at the select sale here in 2007 and are eligible for the yearling sales stakes that will be run here Sept. 7.

Keogh plans to enter Politelyprecocious and First Circle in both the Algoma, the. 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares, and the Halton, the one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

First Circle, coming off a solid second-place finish in the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles on turf, also will be nominated to the Ontario Colleen.

Attard on the mend

Trainer Kevin Attard was released from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing surgery the previous day to repair a fractured ankle.

Surgeons inserted pins in the ankle, which Attard had broken in three places after being unseated when galloping one of his 2-year-olds on Sunday.

"I won't be as mobile as I was for about six weeks," Attard, 33, said Wednesday morning. "I'll be watching them train from the frontside."