09/10/2002 11:00PM

'Crypt' earns trip to B.C. Derby

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tails of the Crypt, who breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.80 Wednesday morning at Woodbine, was slated to ship out Thursday for the Grade 2, $200,000 British Columbia Derby, to be run Sept. 21 at Hastings Park.

Trainer John Ross had been on the fence about the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Derby but decided to send Tails of the Crypt after watching the colt work impressively under regular rider Jake Barton on the training track.

"I was pretty happy with it," said Ross, who clocked Tails of the Crypt going his first five-eighths in 1:01 and galloping out a mile in 1:41. "There was a strong head wind."

The western Canada trip will be a first for Ross and owners Bud and Jackie Reynolds, whose nom du course is Jam Jar Racing Stable.

Barton, who spent a good part of his career in western Canada before moving his tack to Ontario, went out to Hastings last year and rode Long Rifle to victory in the Jack Diamond Futurity and Inish Glora to a second-place finish in the British Columbia Oaks.

Dave Ward, a member of the Ross crew here, will serve as exercise rider and groom for Tails of the Crypt, who will have more than a week to familiarize himself with his new surroundings.

"I talked to a few people," said Ross, "and they say if you have a week for it, it's the best plan. It's about a five-hour flight but he's a good shipper. He's been back and forth from Florida a couple of times."

Tails of the Crypt, a Kentucky-bred, won the Victoria Park here in June after finishing second here in the Marine and in both the Sam F. Davis and Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs last winter.

But he was given a breather on the farm after finishing fourth here in both the Dominion Day against older horses and the Toronto Cup on turf.

He suffered a surprising defeat in his last start at Fort Erie on Aug. 27, beaten a half-length as the runner-up while facing older horses at 1 1/8 miles under nonwinners-of-four-other-than allowance conditions.

"For him to have been off that length of time, I thought he ran a pretty good race," said Ross. "He got a little tired at the end.

"It was a very useful race, in setting him up perfect for the race out there. Coming off the farm, I thought it was the right thing to do, even if he needed the one."

Shaws Creek should run better

Tails of the Crypt also was nominated to Saturday's $150,000 Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Handicap, but Ross and Jam Jar still will be represented in the local feature with Shaws Creek, who will be seeking his first win since the June 1 Plate Trial.

After disappointing in the Queen's Plate and in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales, Shaws Creek was freshened up on the farm. He was making his first start in six weeks when he finished fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Halton, a yearling sales stakes here Sept. 2.

All things considered, Ross felt Shaws Creek's Halton performance was quite respectable.

"He was coming off a layoff, it was his first time on turf, and he was facing older horses," said Ross. "He didn't mind it [turf] at all. I wouldn't hesitate to try him on it again."

But Ross is even keener to see Shaws Creek back on the main track in the Grade 3 McLaughlin, traveling the same 1 1/8-mile distance as the Plate Trial.

"I expect him to run a better race," said the trainer.

Ross trio possible for Swynford

Ross has three horses nominated to the $125,000 Swynford. Arco's Gold, Canasta, and Magic Jack are all on the list for the seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds here Sept. 22.

Arco's Gold was an impressive winner of his debut here last Sunday. Canasta is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Silver Deputy and Magic Jack was second last time out in the Bull Page.

All race for different interests. Arco's Gold is owned by Alex and Steven DiIorio, Canasta by Hillsbrook Farm, and Magic Jack by R.M.C. Stable.

Parose will await Durham Cup

Parose, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Izvestia in his last start here July 20, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 under jockey Todd Kabel on a fast main track Wednesday.

An 8-year-old gelding owned by John Atto and trained by Sandy McPherson, Parose is nominated to the Grade 3 Durham Cup but will bypass Sunday's allowance prep for that 1 1/8-mile feature.

"He runs well with a lot of time between his races," said McPherson. "I decided a long time ago that I'd just run him in the next two handicaps."

The Durham Cup will be Oct. 5 with the 1 1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup (formerly the Autumn), the next race for the handicap division, slated for Nov. 9. Both races are worth $150,000.

* Kabel also was in the saddle when Handpainted worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 on the main track in preparation for the Sept. 21 Mazarine. Handpainted, a 2-year-old filly owned by John and Glenn Sikura and trained by Josie Carroll, is undefeated in three starts, including the five-furlong My Dear and six-furlong Ontario Debutante, and will be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 2 Mazarine.

* Perfect Soul worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the firm training track turf course Wednesday, with the "dogs" well out and exercise rider Paul O'Sullivan in the irons, and is slated to make his next appearance in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International Sept. 29. A 4-year-old colt owned by Charles Fipke and trained by Roger Attfield, Perfect Soul finished second in his stakes debut in the Grade 1 Niagara here Aug. 31 over the same 1 1/2-mile turf trip that he will face in the International.