08/06/2009 11:00PM

Debut winners meet in Vandal


ETOBICOKE, Ontario Ghost Fleet and Bold Canadian, who each won his only start, will take on the more experienced Who s Big Daddy Sunday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Vandal Stakes, a six-furlong test for Ontario-bred 2-year-olds.

Ghost Fleet was to have debuted on the grass July 18, but he failed to draw into that race, and ended up making his first start on Polytrack the next day under Todd Kabel. He stalked the leaders along the inside in that 5 1/2-furlong maiden special before mowing down pacemaker Waldheim in late stretch to prevail in 1:04.24, which translated into a 76 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Sid Attard said he had anticipated a good debut effort from Ghost Fleet.

He s a nice horse, said Attard. When Todd Kabel worked him, he loved him. He s a good size. He looks like a 3-year-old. He s got a good temperament. Nothing gets him excited.

Ghost Fleet worked to Attard s satisfaction last Sunday, when he breezed five-eighths on the Polytrack in 1:02.20 under Kabel.

Todd was very happy with the work, Attard said. He said the track was cuppy that day.

Bold Canadian trounced Ontario-sired maidens July 9, scoring by 8 3/4 lengths while covering five furlongs in 58.72. He was awarded a 71 Beyer.

Hank Gensler, trainer Steve Asmussen s right-hand man at Woodbine, said he was somewhat surprised by Bold Canadian s solid performance.

He d been training good, but I didn t know that he d get up going five-eighths, Gensler said. I was surprised with speed he showed. He seems like a horse who wants to go all day. He s big, and he looks more like a route horse than a sprinter.

Gensler said he expects another strong showing from Bold Canadian on Sunday.

He should have no problem bouncing back and running big, Gensler said. I think he ll be comfortable doing anything [the rider wants]. If it s a slow pace, he ll probably sit just off the lead. If they want to run away from him early, I think he ll be happy to let them go and make up the ground when it comes time.

Trained by Scott Fairlie, Who s Big Daddy has run four times. He graduated second time out on the lead, and then doubled up in the restricted Clarendon Stakes. Most recently, in the open Colin Stakes, he came wide from mid-pack to lose the six-furlong event by a neck to Fearless Cowboy.