06/19/2005 11:00PM

Carroll-trained pair run one-two in Victoria

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Vibank ($6.70) wins the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Josie Carroll couldn't have written a better script than the one that actually played out here in Sunday's $135,000 .

Carroll sent out Vibank and Edenwold, an uncoupled entry both owned by Jim and Alice Sapara, to a one-two finish in the five-furlong Victoria, the first stakes of the meeting for 2-year-olds.

"And, they're both Canadian-bred," said Carroll, "which is really nice."

Vibank got his second win in three starts here.

"Vibank has a lot of early speed," said Carroll. "And he's got a great head on his shoulders, which makes you inclined to think he will go on, because he'll rate. Those are really desirable qualities in any horse."

Edenwold has run second in each of his two starts to date.

"He's a great big horse," said Carroll. "I think he's still coming into his own.

"I think the further they go, the more comfortable he'll get. He's going to get some experience out of it, and he's shown that he can run."

Vibank and Edenwold both will be nominated to the $150,000 Clarendon, a 5 1/2-furlong stakes for Ontario foals here July 9.

One for Rose tired after win

Carroll also sent out Ballroom Deputy to finish a game second to One for Rose in Saturday's feature, the $165,625 Ontario Matron Handicap.

Interestingly, One for Rose was claimed from Carroll for $40,000 when she made her first lifetime start here on Oct. 4, 2002.

One for Rose, 6, has gone on to win more than $1 million and has been Canada's champion filly or mare the past two years.

Making her second start of 2005 in the Ontario Matron, One for Rose was all-out to prevail by a head under regular rider Emile Ramsammy.

"She was very tired," said Sid Attard, who trains One for Rose for Carlos and Lou Tucci. "But, she came back good."

One for Rose is nominated to the Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day, a 1 1/4-mile race here July 1.

The fact that One for Rose would be facing males in the Dominion Day seems to be of less concern to Attard than the fact that she would be coming back in two weeks.

"Three weeks, it would be okay," Attard said. "Last year, the only time I brought her back after two weeks, she got beat."

Attard already has one Dominion Day candidate in Sky Diamond, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Roger Patten. Sky Diamond registered his second win in as many starts this year in the Dominion Day prep here June 10.

Good call by Bell on Cricket Wicket

Trainer David Bell faced a sticky situation when it came to running Cricket Wicket in Sunday's supporting feature, the $80,650 Zadracarta Stakes at six furlongs on turf.

Bell, who also is a part-owner of Cricket Wicket, had been banking on firm turf for the speedy 5-year-old Ontario-sired mare.

"Any time it's soft, she stops bad," said Bell, noting that the turf course Sunday was rated good.

But Bell decided to run anyway, and was rewarded when Cricket Wicket got her first stakes victory.

"I'd looked at the condition book, and there was nothing back for her," said Bell. "I decided I might as well give her a shot. I always knew she was going to hang in there one of these days."

The next local stakes option for Cricket Wicket, who scored her fourth lifetime win and boosted her bankroll to $198,966, would be the Grade 3, $150,000 Royal North, a six-furlong turf handicap for fillies and mares on Aug. 1.

Bell also will take a long look at the $125,000 Rainbow Connection, a five-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares at Fort Erie on July 24. Cricket Wicket finished a troubled fifth in the Rainbow Connection last year.

I Thee Wed to go for the upset

Bell will be looking for another turf stakes upset here on Sunday when he sends out I Thee Wed in the Grade 3, $200,000 Highlander Handicap at six furlongs.

I Thee Wed, who became a stakes winner in the six-furlong Nearctic Handicap here last fall, won the Highlander prep at the same distance and surface in his second start of the season here June 5.

I Thee Wed worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:02.40 under regular rider Jim McAleney on Saturday.

"He's in good shape," said Bell.

I Thee Wed will carry 118 pounds in the Highlander, which will be headed by the race's defending champion and Canada's reigning horse of the year, Soaring Free.

A 6-year-old gelding owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Soaring Free worked five furlongs on the main track last Saturday, going in 59.80 seconds under regular rider Todd Kabel. Soaring Free has been assigned 126 pounds for the Highlander.

Judiths Wild Rush, who is slated to make his first start on turf in the Highlander, also worked well on the main track here Saturday, going six furlongs in 1:12 under regular rider Slade Callaghan.

Owned by Harvey Tenenbaum and trained by Reade Baker, Judiths Wild Rush comes into the Highlander in sharp main-track form and has been assigned 121 pounds.

Lemon Maid works fast

Lemon Maid, runner-up to subsequent Labatt Woodbine Oaks winner Gold Strike in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Selene here May 22, worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds on Saturday in preparation for the $100,000 Hill 'N' Dale Stakes.

Sally Pierce, wife of Lemon Maid's trainer, Malcolm Pierce, was aboard for the drill, which was the second-fastest of 50 at the distance.

"She seems to be coming into the race in good order," said Pierce, who trains the Kentucky-bred Lemon Maid for the Live Oak Plantation of Charlotte Weber.

Pierce sent out My Lordship, a Kentucky homebred owned by Live Oak, to victory in last year's inaugural running of the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'N' Dale, an open race for 3-year-old fillies which will be run here Saturday.

* A funeral was held Monday for James Joseph Regan, a longtime owner on the Ontario circuit who died in Markham Stouffville Hospital on Friday at age 77. In partnership with his brother, Larry Regan, Jim Regan campaigned such stakes horses as Admiral Twit, Dawes Road, Fly Ash, Umbrella Chief, Sgt. Hunt, and Umbrella Chief in the 1970's and 1980's. Red Millar was their trainer.