11/30/2010 1:43PM

Da Silva feels now is the time to make N.Y. move

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Michael Burns
Eurico Rosa Da Silva won the Queen's Plate on Big Red Mike last year and went on to be the leading rider at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Eurico Rosa da Silva took a break from racing last winter, spending time with his family in Brazil and then enjoying an unusual holiday in the South American ecological wonderland of Pantanal.

Da Silva again has something completely different in mind following the end of his 2010 season here at Woodbine Racetrack, his destination will be the wilds of Ozone Park, N.Y., and a campaign at Aqueduct.

“I had a dream before, to come here, and now is the right time for me to come,” said Da Silva, who was in New York the other day to scout out the racetrack and look for winter lodgings.

“I was waiting for me to have a good meeting before I came.”

It’s not as if Da Silva hasn’t had good meetings at Woodbine before as he had been moving steadily up the ladder while increasing his win totals from 47 to 123 since coming to Woodbine in 2004.

But this year definitely marked a new peak as Da Silva soared to the top of the standings with the acknowledged help of his agent, Don Parente.

Da Silva had won 186 races heading into the final five days of the meeting, and although he will miss the final day while serving a suspension for whip infraction, he will end the three-year reign of Patrick Husbands.

“Always, I dreamed to be leading rider here,” said Da Silva, 35, who began his career in Brazil and has competed in Macao and Singapore but will be making his first long-term appearance south of the border.

“The way we finished last year, I thought it would be possible this year.”

Da Silva is scheduled to begin riding at Aqueduct next Wednesday and has hooked up with agent Kevin Meyocks, who had been representing Mike Luzzi.

Meyocks is the brother-in-law of jockey Javier Castellano, who also is a friend of Da  Silva’s.

In the meantime, Da Silva will be looking to close out the Woodbine meeting in grand style aboard the Michael Doyle-trained 2-year-old of that name in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes.

Da Silva was aboard Grand Style for the first time when she won her maiden in the $252,400 Princess Elizabeth and was back in the irons when the filly breezed five furlongs in 1:02.80 here last Saturday.

“She worked really well,” Da Silva said. “I really like her chances.”

Wilson moving her tack to Parx Racing

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who suffered a lacerated liver in a spill here Aug. 21 and was away from the races for almost three months, plans to shift her tack to Parx Racing after the meeting winds up here.

Wilson and her agent, Mike Luider, discussed possibilities that also included Gulfstream and Fair Grounds but hit upon Philadelphia as the best alternative.

“The big thing was that we wanted to go somewhere we could be pretty active,” said Luider, who has represented Wilson since her career began in 2004.

“At Gulfstream and Fair Grounds, there are a lot of riders, with local guys and import guys. At Philadelphia, it’s mostly the local guys and the purse structure is very good.”

In the meantime, Wilson is thrilled with her reception here since her return from the layoff.

“Getting back in action can be tough, coming off a long injury,” Wilson said. “People have been very helpful, in terms of giving me the opportunities.

“It’s been exactly what I’d hoped, jumping right back into the flow of things.”

Wilson, who returned to action Nov. 17, rode four winners last week to bring her total for the meeting to 66, good for eighth place in the standings.

Fairlie sending horses to Pennsylvania

Trainer Scott Fairlie, who had saddled 33 winners to rank ninth in the standings heading into Wednesday’s program, plans to have upward of 30 horses in Philadelphia.

“I hope to have a few in Florida, too,” Fairlie said. “I’ll take a bit of a break then I’ll be on the tour, going back and forth.”

Fairlie has been sending horses to Philadelphia for a number of years but last year was his first as a trainer of record.

“When my kids were teenagers, I wanted to be home a lot,” said Fairlie, “and it was actually cheaper to send them down to someone else.”

Fairlie also reports that Milwaukee Appeal, who was Canada’s champion 3-year-old filly last year, should be spending the winter in Florida.

Milwaukee Appeal, owned and bred by Eugene George, last saw action Nov. 5, finishing eighth of 11 in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs.

“We’ve been taking it easy, letting her down,” Fairlie said. “She’ll go into very light training, and the plans are to race her next year.”

Milwaukee Appeal was winless this year but recorded a pair of seconds and thirds from six starts, all in stakes races, highlighted by a half-length defeat as the runner-up in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.

Gonzalez sending horses to Lake

Trainer Nick Gonzalez, who was seventh here in races won with 37 heading into the final week of the meeting, plans to send half a dozen horses to conditioner Scott Lake in Philadelphia.

The majority of the horses are owned by Carlo and Lou Tucci, and the prospective shippers include horses currently here with Tucci trainers Sid Attard and Paul Attard.

Gonzalez and his wife, Martha, will be wintering with several horses in the Ocala area, including Big Red Mike, winner of this year’s Queen’s Plate and a candidate for the Sovereign Award in the 3-year-old colt and gelding division.

Carroll looks to start strong at Fair Grounds

Cindy’s Joy, an Ontario-foaled 3-year-old, could get the Josie Carroll barn off to a winning start at the Fair Grounds on Thursday.

Owned by Donver Stable, Cindy’s Joy is the morning-line favorite in an about 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Cindy’s Joy finished second in two 1 1/8-mile grass races here and third in three attempts on the main track, including her two most recent races which came off the turf.

“She’s run extremely well on the turf here,” Carroll said. “She tries hard on Polytrack, but she doesn’t finish up with the same kick.”