05/15/2008 11:00PM

Disfunction steps up in Vigil


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Disfunction has been an overachiever thus far in his career.

And now trainer Julia Carey has decided to give her stable star his first taste of stakes competition in Monday's Grade 3 Vigil.

"He certainly doesn't owe us anything," said Carey, 54, who trains Disfunction for owners Joe Doi and Weila Ye.

"He's done nothing but surprise us, from day one."

Disfunction was bred in British Columbia by Bob Cheema, who has been a Sovereign Award finalist in the owner category the past two years while campaigning the likes of Canadian champions True Metropolitan and Dancing Allstar.

"We bought the horse privately last year," said Carey, noting that the horse no longer was with Cheema at the time. "We didn't pay much for him; that's why he ran so cheap."

Disfunction, a 4-year-old gelding, had made a successful debut for $20,000 here late last summer and doubled up for $40,000 before picking up minor awards in his first two allowance tries.

Joining Carey for her first Gulfstream Park campaign this winter, Disfunction earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98 when wining a first-level allowance and then finished fourth at his next condition before returning to Ontario.

"He's improved from last year; he's learned a little bit," Carey said. "But he's still a big dummy."

Disfunction was nominated to the Jacques Cartier, a six-furlong race here April 26.

But Carey opted to run her horse under second-level allowance terms a week earlier and was rewarded when Disfunction recorded an impressive 6 1/2-length win at the Vigil's seven-furlong distance.

"I thought he ran an excellent race; he accelerated in the lane," Carey said. "He won so nicely that we thought we'd give this a try.

"He's training well, doing everything right. If it doesn't work out, we can always go back to a nonwinners of three other than."

Meanwhile, Carey is mildly concerned over losing the services of jockey Jim McAleney, who had ridden Disfunction to his three local victories but was committed to the Reade Baker-trained Payday Peril for the Vigil.

But, she believes Emile Ramsammy, who has not ridden or worked Disfunction, will be an able substitute.

"This horse needs and aggressive rider," Carey said. "He'll run honestly and try hard."

Verdana Bold stretches out

Ramsammy also will be in with a chance in Sunday's feature as Verdana Bold, trained by Danny Vella, will be seeking her second straight stakes score in the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene.

Verdana Bold, a Kentucky-bred owned by Edward Seltzer, joined Vella here this spring and won the six-furlong Star Shoot at 22-1 in her local bow on April 13. The 1 1/16-mile Selene will be her longest race to date.

"She's doing great," said Vella, who sent out Verdana Bold to work six furlongs in 1:12.40 here May 5.

"She didn't back up an inch. And the timing's been perfect. Having a little extra time is good, especially when you're stretching a horse out.

"Everything in the way she trains said she should stretch out. But we'll just have to see."

Deputiformer preps for Queen's Plate

Deputiformer will be having his final prep for the June 22 Queen's Plate in a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward here Sunday.

"I could have waited and run him next week with 3-year-olds," said trainer Mike DePaulo, noting that such a first-level allowance race at 1 1/8 miles was in the condition book for Saturday.

"But I was afraid if that race didn't go, I'd have to run him in the Plate Trial on June 1, and I wanted more time."

Deputiformer, a gelding owned by David James, finished a distant third behind Big Brown when he made his seasonal bow in a one-mile first-level allowance at Gulfstream on March 5.

But Deputiformer disappointed in his opener here, ending a flat fifth in the 1 1/16-mile Wando on April 25.

"He came out of that race with the 'thumps'," said DePaulo, referring to a condition similar to a human's hiccups that is caused by an electrolyte imbalance linked to the use of Lasix.

"Hopefully, we've got that under control now. We'll make sure his electrolytes are up going into the race."

Deputiformer's only win came in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race here last Oct. 14, but he also finished a good third in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity on Nov. 4.

"I'd like him to finish good Sunday and gallop out strong," DePaulo said.

Society's Chairman set for local debut

Society's Chairman, a 5-year-old gelding who is scheduled to make his local bow in next Sunday's Connaught Cup, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 over the training track turf course here Friday.

"I was very pleased," said trainer Roger Attfield, who sent out Society Chairman to win his maiden for a $75,000 tag in his debut at Gulfstream on March 12 and a first-level allowance in his next appearance at Keeneland on April 25, with both races on the turf.

Society's Chairman, with exercise rider/trainer Rachel Halden in the irons, worked in company with Pellegrino, who was ridden by exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer.

Pellegrino led the way by as much as five lengths and showed the way to deep stretch before Society's Chairman rolled by and finished just more than a length in front. Pellegrino was clocked in 1:14.20.

The Connaught Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and upward that will be the first turf stakes of the meeting, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Pellegrino, a 9-year-old horse who was a Grade 1 winner in 2004, probably is headed for the June 22 Singspiel, a 1 1/2-mile turf race that he won last year.

Trainer-owner Gholson dies at 77

Clyde Gholson, a small-scale trainer and owner at Woodbine, died in the hospital Tuesday night at age 77 after a brief illness that followed hip surgery.

Gholson's best horse here was Grey Mirage, whom he sent out to earn $127,220 via a record of 2-2-6 from 24 starts.

His last starter was Twilight Affair, who finished a very close second when debuting for a $25,000 claiming price last December.

Simulcast race replays

Woodbine has announced it will introduce simulcast race replays to its HorsePlayer Interactive TV's overnight schedule, beginning Monday at 2:15 a.m.

The show, called "Reloaded," will air replays from the previous day at five featured tracks - Arlington, Belmont, Churchill, Fort Erie, and Hollywood. The replays will replace repeat programming during the time slot.

Schedules will be posted daily on HorsePlayerInteractive.com.