09/17/2008 11:00PM

Disfunction shipping out for Phoenix


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Disfunction, one of the major success stories of Woodbine's 2008 meeting, will be taking his show on the road for his next start.

The 4-year-old gelding, trained by Julia Carey, is scheduled to run in Keeneland's Grade 3 Phoenix, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward Oct. 4.

Disfunction, who is not Breeders' Cup eligible, will be competing for a purse of $150,000 in the Phoenix.

"There's nothing for him here, unless we want to run him long, and we wouldn't want to change things on him right now," Carey said.

Disfunction, who began his career with a $20,000 maiden claiming win here on Sept. 20, 2007, became a stakes winner in the Grade 3, seven-furlong Vigil on May 19 and then ended second to the talented 3-year-old Fatal Bullet when returning two months later in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture.

After faltering to finish 11th when trying the turf for the first time in the seven-furlong Play the King on Aug. 23, Disfunction rebounded with an impressive allowance win at six furlongs on Polytrack in his last start, Sept. 6.

"We were very impressed," said Carey, noting that Disfunction had reached triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure territory for the first time with his 100 figure there.

"He's a monster."

Overnight stakes tops Sunday card

Sunday's card is one of the rare weekend programs without a scheduled stakes event, but the $100,000 Flaming Page, an overnight stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/2 miles on turf, will be an interesting feature.

Heading the field of nine is The Niagara Queen, who won last year's Flaming Page for trainer Mike Doyle but later was sold at auction and returned here this spring as part of Steve Asmussen's string.

Surprisingly, the Flaming Page also lured four shippers: La Hernanda, trained by Christophe Clement at Belmont; Touch My Soul, trained by Graham Motion at Fair Hill; Oh Glory Be, based at Keeneland with Fred Seitz; and Queenly Luck, who has been campaigning for Peter Walder at Philadelphia Park.

La Hernanda, a 4-year-old who was a listed stakes winner in Germany, will be making her North American debut and her first start since Nov. 7.

Touch My Soul, a 4-year-old who also began her career in Germany and was a Group 3 stakes winner there, is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes under second-level allowance terms in 1 1/16-mile turf races at Monmouth Park.

Oh Glory Be, a 5-year-old whose first three campaigns were in England, finished a distant sixth when making her North American and seasonal debut in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Delaware Park on July 12.

Queenly Luck, locally owned by Richard Lister and formerly trained here by Malcolm Pierce, is coming off a starter handicap win at 1 3/4 miles on turf at Philadelphia Park.

Sugar Bay targets La Lorgnette

The regular stakes program resumes next Saturday with the La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Sugar Bay, a winner of her last three starts including the seven-furlong Duchess and the Ontario Colleen at one mile on turf, is looming as the filly to beat in the La Lorgnette.

In addition to its $150,000 purse, the open La Lorgnette offers a total of $50,000 bonus money for Ontario-breds. Sugar Bay picked up the $30,000 winner's share of that bonus money in her two previous stakes wins.

Mac Benson, who trained La Lorgnette when that filly won the Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate in 1985, also had been looking at the $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares here on Oct. 11, on Sugar Bay's behalf.

"I could still make both races with her, but I doubt it very much," Benson said.

Sugar Bay also has been nominated to the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, the 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares on an Oct. 4 program that also includes the Canadian International, Nearctic, and Summer.

"I'd rather nominate her now, for $1,000, than find out she should be in the race and have to supplement her for $20,000," said Benson, who sent out Arravale to win the E.P. Taylor in 2006.

Fundraisers for retired horses

Saturday will be LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society day here at Woodbine, featuring several activities to raise funds for the charitable organization that helps find homes for former Thoroughbred racehorses.

Queen's Plate-winning jockeys Jono Jones, Robert Landry, and Emma-Jayne Wilson will be on hand for an autograph session, and, for a $5 donation, fans can have their photos taken with any of the riders plus the Queen's Plate trophy.

T-shirts will be available for a minimum $5 donation, and a silent auction will feature the halter worn by Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf, and a pair of tickets for an Ottawa Senators-Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Air Canada Centre.

Mr. Epperson, Red Sea, and Shaws Creek, former racehorses who now are stable ponies at Woodbine, will parade on the turf course.

Woodbine collecting sports equipment

The Woodbine Entertainment Group will conclude the third year of its sports equipment drive here Saturday.

The goal of the program, run by WEG in partnership with the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club and other local groups, is to collect, repaint, and refurbish used items that can be distributed to youth organizations to pass on to underprivileged children.

Drop-off locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodbine, Greenwood, Mohawk, and WEGZ Stadium Bar.

An activity-filled day here will include a fitness challenge matching local celebrities with youth groups and a bicycle training program conducted by Woodbine security staff and local police.