07/17/2008 11:00PM

Disfunction sticks with the plan


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Disfunction made the successful transition into stakes company when capturing the Grade 3 Vigil over seven furlongs here May 19.

On Sunday, Disfunction will be looking to continue his upward mobility in the $150,000 Bold Venture, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward that attracted a field of eight.

"He's doing very, very well," said Julia Carey, who trains the 4-year-old gelding. "Everything's going according to plan."

That plan called for Disfunction to proceed directly from the Vigil to the Bold Venture, a nine-week gap.

"I didn't have much choice, other than to run him in the Highlander," said Carey, referring to the six-furlong turf stakes here June 22. "Instead of changing surfaces and maybe messing him up it made sense to wait."

Carey also had no trouble resisting the temptation to run Disfunction in the six-furlong allowance prep for the Bold Venture here July 2.

That race was won by Legal Move, who mowed down the loose-on-the-lead Main Executive to prevail by a head in a track-record clocking.

"That was too close, and I'm glad I didn't go there," Carey said. "They went quick, battling, and he would have done the same thing and been flat for this race."

Emile Ramsammy, who rode Disfunction for the first time in the Vigil, retains the mount.

Legal Move, who won for the third time this season in the Bold Venture prep, looms the horse to beat under returning rider Patrick Husbands.

A 4-year-old trained by Mark Casse, Legal Move also captured the 5 1/2-furlong allowance prep for the Jacques Cartier in track-record time here April 6 and repeated in the six-furlong Jacques Cartier three weeks later.

Casse does not believe the colt's performance Sunday will be compromised by his effort in the Bold Venture prep.

"He came back to work nicely," said Casse, who sent out Legal Move to breeze four furlongs in 48 seconds last Sunday.

"He's a robust horse; he enjoys his work. The 6 1/2 furlongs should suit him to a 'T'."

Half of the Bold Venture field is made up of shippers, with Connections and Last Gran Standing scheduled to come in from Arlington, He's So Chic from Monmouth, and Papa Bear from Belmont.

Connections will be making his third local appearance for trainer Mike Dini.

Last fall, Connections won the six-furlong Kennedy Road after finishing third in the prep three weeks earlier.

Connections will be attempting to follow the same blueprint here, after running third in the Bold Venture prep. Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode Connections for the first time that day, retains the mount.

He's So Chic, trained by Jason Servis, earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure in his latest, a seven-length romp under third-level allowance terms at Monmouth.

The question mark here is the Polytrack, as He's So Chic will be making his first start on an artificial surface under returning rider Carlos Marquez Jr.

Fillies drill for Wonder Where

The turf training course was open for business here Friday morning and Wonder Where Stakes candidates Money By Honey, Tenjectory, and Snow Delicious all breezed over the firm course.

The $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race here Saturday, is the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Money By Honey, trained by Brian Lynch, went five furlongs in 1:03.40 while going in company with Lion Ridge, a 4-year-old male stablemate who recorded an identical clocking.

Owned by Stronach Stable, Money By Honey will be looking to rebound from a disappointing effort in the June 8 Woodbine Oaks when she makes her second career turf appearance in the Wonder Where.

Meanwhile, Lynch is bullish on Lion Ridge, who had shown little in three starts in England and Ireland prior to joining the Stronach division here.

On June 22, making his North American debut and his first start in more than one year, Lion Ridge was a smart winner of a 1 1/16-mile maiden turf race here.

Tenjectory, who was timed in 1:15.60 under regular rider Eurico da Silva, has been on a steady upswing of late.

After finishing third when dropped to the maiden $32,000 level on May 23, Tenjectory came back to graduate over the same 1 1/16-mile distance and then finished second in a first-level over one mile in her turf debut. The last two starts came in Ontario-sired company.

"It looks like she certainly wants to run long," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Tenjectory for the T.V. Stable of Spiro Tanti, his nephew former National Hockey League player Tony Tanti, and Tony Tanti's cousin, John Vella.

"In her last race she closed well, but it was only a mile."

Snow Delicious finished in 1:01.60 while going in company with stablemate Victory Pass, a maiden 3-year-old who received the same clocking.

"Snow Delicious worked well, but Victory Pass worked very, very well," trainer Catherine Day Phillips said.

"I don't know if he worked that much better; I'm sort of evaluating the whole thing right now."

Snow Delicious, who made the first four starts of her career in California before being purchased privately by the Cardinal Stable of doctors Joel Politi and Jonathan Feibel, finished last of seven when making her local bow in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City here June 29.

Meanwhile, Day Phillips has been looking forward to trying Victory Pass on the turf after the gelding finished an indifferent sixth in his debut on Polytrack here July 5.

"I've liked him all along," Day Phillips said. "He's a nice horse."