11/03/2005 12:00AM

Carey out for an anniversary celebration


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Julia Carey, who recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as an employee in Woodbine's mutuels department, will be looking to punch out her biggest ticket ever here on Saturday afternoon.

But the cashing would come in Carey's other role, as a trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses, when she sends out Friendly Theresa for the $135,375 Ontario Fashion Handicap.

Carey, 52, added training to her resume about eight years ago, generally racing just a horse or two before adding a few more over the past couple of seasons.

And Carey's second career has featured its share of success, as she has won 15 races from 117 starters.

Late last summer, Carey had her first taste of stakes competition, sending out Thetactics Ofdance to finish fourth at 20-1 in the Ontario Colleen.

Thetactics Ofdance was sold privately after that race and now campaigns south of the border. Now along comes Friendly Theresa, a 5-year-old mare who should give Carey a solid chance at a stakes victory.

"I've known her since the spring," said Carey, a racetrack neighbor and friend of trainer Mike Silvera, who had brought Friendly Theresa north from Florida.

When Friendly Theresa was claimed away from Silvera for $32,000 in June, moving to the barn of trainer Shelley Fitzgerald, Carey was in the market.

"I almost took her the first time she ran for $40,000," said Carey. "I hemmed and hawed about it, then watched her win. When she ran back for $40,000, I claimed her."

That deal was sealed on Sept. 9 when Friendly Theresa, making her fourth start for Fitzgerald, recorded a second front-running victory.

In her first start for Carey, which came under second-level allowance terms at six furlongs here Oct. 9, Friendly Theresa again led throughout, recording a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 90.

"She was in excellent shape when I claimed her," said Carey. "I just capitalized on a good situation. She's very consistent, and she appears to be getting better as the year goes on. She's one of those tough, old-fashioned horses."

Jim McAleney, who rode Friendly Theresa that day, will be riding the favored Silver Bird for his main man, trainer Reade Baker, in the Ontario Fashion.

Carey, however, has secured Todd Kabel, who is the leading stakes-winning rider at the meeting with 15 victories, and who rode Friendly Theresa to her two wins for Fitzgerald.

Friendly Theresa also drew favorably, as she will begin from the outside in the field of seven, but there is little secret to her preferred strategy.

"You just have to leave her alone and let her do her own thing," said Carey. "Hopefully, nobody goes with her."

Plan B working out for Heyahohowdy

If all had gone according to plan, then Heyahohowdy would be in foal right now at her owner Glenn Harvey's nearby Kelynack Farm.

But Heyahohowdy failed to conceive when bred this spring, and will be looking to complement an already successful comeback when she faces nine other fillies and mares here in Saturday's $110,000 River Memories at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

"The boss had her up at the farm, but she looked unhappy," said Abraham Katryan, who trains Heyahohowdy. "So we decided to keep her down at the track, and if she got back to the races that would be great."

Heyahohowdy not only got back to the races but won her first start, in a stakes-caliber classified allowance race at one mile on turf here Oct. 6.

Despite the hard-fought nature of that victory, Katryan believes Heyahohowdy can deliver another top effort here Saturday.

"I'm not really concerned," said Katryan. "She came out of the race very good, and she's had some time off. I worked her back on turf, to get the kinks out."

Heyahohowdy breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on Oct. 16 and will have regular rider Emile Ramsammy aboard as she seeks her fifth career stakes victory in the River Memories.

Different matchup in Coronation

Sunday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds, had been expected to be a Sovereign Award showdown between Unification and Edenwold.

But that scenario changed dramatically when Unification was not among the entrants when a field of 12 was drawn for the Coronation on Thursday.

Unification would have been making his third local appearance in the Coronation, which is the minimum number of starts required for Sovereign Award eligibility.

Owned by Darley Stable and based in New York with Eoin Harty, Unification had been the subject of a pre-Coronation controversy. The colt's name had been dropped from the list of eligibles because of an allegedly missed payment, but he was reinstated when Woodbine's racing department determined the original omission was the result of a procedural error.

The Sovereign Award implications still exist for Saturday's feature, however, but now it's Pyramid Park who looms the main danger to Edenwold, the pro-tem leader of the division.

Pyramid Park, who won his maiden in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer at 1 1/16 miles on turf here Oct. 16, will be looking to complete an important double in the Coronation.

And while a victory on Sunday would not make Pyramid Park an automatic divisional champion - as recently as 1999, Dixieland Diamond won both races but not the Sovereign - it would certainly make the voting interesting.

Pyramid Park, owned and bred by the Eaton Hall Farm of Thor Eaton and trained by Michael Doyle, was making his fourth career start in the Cup and Saucer and was sent off at 53-1 under regular rider Slade Callaghan.

Pyramid Park will be making his third start on the main track in the Coronation, having finished sixth in his six-furlong debut and a respectable fourth in an off-the-turf maiden special at a mile and 70 yards on Oct. 16.