11/24/2005 12:00AM

Display could decide top male juvenile


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - All nine entrants in Saturday's Display Stakes at Woodbine are eligible for Sovereign Award consideration, and the lineup contains several candidates for the award as Canada's leading 2-year-old colt or gelding.

Edenwold, owned by Jim and Alice Sapara and trained by Josie Carroll, moved to the head of his class this summer with successive scores in the Colin, Vandal, and Simcoe, and remains the only three-time stakes winner in the division.

The Colin is an open six-furlong race, the Vandal a six-furlong race for Ontario foals, and the Simcoe a seven-furlong race for Canadian-breds who are graduates of the local yearling sale.

Edenwold stretched out to 1 1/8 miles last time out for the Coronation Futurity, and finished a troubled fourth as the odds-on choice in the field of 13 Canadian-breds.

Bred by Gail Wood and Bill Diamant, Edenwold also is the divisional leader in earnings with $342,208.

Pyramid Park, owned and bred by Thor Eaton and trained by Michael Doyle, was an unheralded maiden prior to winning the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-breds here Oct. 16.

Returning to dirt for the Coronation Futurity, Pyramid Park was beaten just a neck as the runner-up and boosted his bankroll to $208,354.

Thinking Out Loud, the Coronation Futurity winner, is passing the Display so Edenwold and Pyramid Park are the only stakes winners in the lineup.

There is a Sovereign Award sleeper, however, in Badge of Truth, a Kentucky-bred owned by Pin Oak Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce.

Badge of Truth finished second here in the Grade 2 Summer over one mile of turf and the Grade 3 Grey over 1 1/16 miles on the main track, and has banked $160,250.

Bad Hat impressive in Frost King

Shillelagh Slew, who finished a close third in the Coronation Futurity, was nominated to the Display but has been put away for the season.

"I just want to make sure we have a fresh, good horse for next year," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Shillelagh Slew for David James.

Shillelagh Slew will winter with DePaulo at Classic Mile Farm in Ocala, Fla., with his obvious target being the 2006 Queen's Plate

In the meantime, DePaulo has another very promising 2-year-old in Bad Hat, who was an impressive winner of Wednesday's $125,000 Frost King Stakes in just his second career start.

Bad Hat had won an Ontario-sired 5 1/2-furlong maiden special on Nov. 2, and he stalked the pace before coming on for a four-length tally in the seven-furlong Frost King, an Ontario-sired stakes.

"Considering he had only been five and a half furlongs, it's tough to stretch out a little," said DePaulo. "But he did a good job. He hasn't done anything wrong yet."

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite under Slade Callaghan, Bad Hat was clocked in 1:24.75 on a fast track.

Initforthemoney, who had finished second behind Bad Hat on Nov. 2, led through a quarter in 22.62 seconds and a half in 45.60 in the Frost King and ended the runner-up as the longest shot in the field of five at 13-1.

Atlas Shrugs ended another length back in third, with Duffins Creek and 9-5 second choice Foxy Money finishing far back to round out the order of finish.

Bad Hat collected $75,000 to bring his bankroll to $125,000. He was nominated to the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile Ontario-sired stakes which will be one of the closing-day co-features here Dec. 11.

"We will see how he comes out of this race," said DePaulo. "I think he can go a little farther; he's very ratable."

Bad Hat was the first stakes winner of the meeting for DePaulo and the fifth for Callaghan.

DePaulo did win a stakes at Fort Erie this summer, however, as he sent out Kissed by a Prince to capture the 1 1/16-mile Harry A. Hindmarsh.

Kissed by a Prince, a 5-year-old mare owned by Heather Landymore, also placed in three stakes here this year and is slated to contest the Grade 3, $150,000 Bessarabian Handicap at seven furlongs here Dec. 3.

Sovereign voting begins Wednesday

Sovereign Award balloting, which will be available online only this year, will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday and close at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5. A total of 68 voters are eligible, with roughly half that number based in western Canada.

The voting group comprises members of the media, racing officials, and executives of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society and the Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association across Canada.

Voters will be required to rank their top three choices in each of 15 categories. The three finalists in each category, with the exception of Horse of the Year, will be announced on Dec. 8.

The 31st annual Sovereign Awards gala will be held at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel on Friday, Dec. 16.