06/17/2005 12:00AM

Carroll has two contenders


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Josie Carroll will take two shots at Sunday's $135,000 Victoria Stakes when she sends out Vibank and Edenwold in the five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds at Woodbine.

Vibank was a close second to a filly, Arzu, when he debuted here May 8. With the addition of Lasix in another 4 1/2-furlong maiden special May 29, Vibank romped home on top by 9 1/4 lengths, receiving a Beyer Speed Figure of 68.

"In his first race, he was down on the inside and hooked up with the filly," Carroll said. "He was a little inexperienced, and just hung a little in there. He was very professional in his second race. He had an idea of why he was over there, and did what he was supposed to do. He's a very athletic horse, with a good head on his shoulders."

Vibank worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds on Wednesday, a move that satisfied Carroll.

"It was a sharp half, just to put him on his toes," she said.

Vibank was a $280,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland by owners Jim and Alice Sapara. By former Ontario sire Silver Deputy, Vibank is out of Ontario Damsel Stakes winner Princess Ruckus, who is a half-sister to 1996 Canadian champion sprinter Langfuhr.

Vibank will be ridden by Dave Clark, who has won the Victoria three times.

Edenwold, a son of Southern Halo, was a $100,000 yearling buy at a local yearling sale by the Saparas, who like to name their horses after towns in their native Saskatchewan.

In his debut in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race on May 25, Edenwold rallied wide from nearly 10 lengths back to finish a neck behind winner Atlas Shrugs.

"He drew the outside post, and left there [slowly]," Carroll recalled. "The field got away on him, but once he got his feet under him, he ran a huge finishing race. For a baby to do that, I thought it was impressive. I was really pleased with it."

Completing the Victoria lineup are Atlas Shrugs, Fifty Seven Flat, and Ballado Dancer.

Atlas Shrugs, trained by Jake Nemett, rallied along the rail to win his maiden at 28-1.

Fifty Seven Flat, trained by Elliott Walden, won his lone outing by daylight with a 71 Beyer, in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs.

Search the Church and Financingavailable head Sunday's supporting feature, the $80,250 Zadracarta Stakes, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares.