08/08/2007 11:00PM

Dollase makes another money run

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seven of the 10 starters representing trainer Wally Dollase here through the years have competed in seven-figure races.

Two have been successful, as Jewel Princess captured the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 1996 and Good Journey won the Woodbine Mile in 2002.

On Saturday Dollase has a more modest goal in the $150,000 Duchess with Sans Reward, who is shipping in from Saratoga for the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

"I think she's going to run a good race," said Dollase, who trains Sans Reward for Alain Falourd and Bob Trussel. "I think she's finally coming around to her best race. That's why we decided to do this. She was a little green, a little shy.

"I've never seen her as good as she is right now."

Sans Reward, bred in Ireland, won 2 of 7 starts last year while competing in England and France and finished third in the Grade 2 May Hill over one mile of good turf at York in September.

Joining Dollase in Kentucky this spring, Sans Reward made three starts on turf, with her best finish a third in a second-level allowance. Sans Reward then shipped to Arlington and finished second in a second-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack. The filly also had raced on Polytrack in England, finishing second over five furlongs in her debut at Lingfield.

"That's why we thought this race would be the appropriate place for her right now," said Dollase. "She loves the Poly."

Dollase is hoping Sans Reward has some pace to run at in the Duchess, and the odds are that he will get his wish.

"She doesn't have a great deal of speed," said Dollase. "What she has is the same pace, very strong, all the way down the stretch.

"She's tough. She's a really tough filly."

Emile Ramsammy has picked up the mount on Sans Reward for the Duchess. Ramsammy had been the regular rider of Bear Now, who will be the Duchess favorite, but has been displaced by Jerry Baird.

First win for trainer

Trainer Steve Roberts recorded his first win here Wednesday night when Curve of the Moon captured a $10,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two.

A homebred 4-year-old filly owned by Roberts's father, Les Roberts, Curve of the Moon was making her sixth start of the season.

Curve of the Moon, in fact, has been the only starter for Roberts, who took out his trainer's license this spring.

"I've had to send three horses home already when they were just about ready to run," said Roberts, who has five horses here and another five at nearby farms.

Roberts, 39, quit his job as logistics manager for a safety equipment supply company and came to the track in 2000 to apprentice with Tom O'Keefe, the longtime trainer for Les Roberts.

"My dad always pushed me to do this," said Roberts. "I just took my time."

Roberts started out hot-walking and grooming and then took out his assistant trainer's license four years ago. This year, he decided to take the plunge and go out on his own.

"I just felt it was time," said Roberts.

His other four horses here, all unraced, include Lady d'Wildcat, a homebred Ontario-sired 2-year-old filly who is owned by the Shyman Farm of Stuart Hyman.

"She's training very well," said Roberts. "She's an awesome filly, very exciting."

Roberts is the authorized agent here for Hyman, who has a potent division with trainer Martin Drexler at Assiniboia Downs and won last Monday's Manitoba Derby with Weather Warning.

"We're looking to claim some horses here," said Roberts.

The trainer also is looking forward to the return of Taranaki, a homebred filly owned by his father.

Taranaki, an Ontario-sired 5-year-old mare, was 2 for 3 in 2005 but was sidelined after making just one start here last spring.

"She's coming back in this week," said Roberts. "I had her here earlier, but she hurt herself in her stall.

'She's galloping two miles a day, and coming out of her skin."

High expectations for sale

Preparations are well under way for the 2007 yearling sale here at Woodbine, which will begin with a select session at 3 p.m. on Sept. 4 and resume with a preferred session at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.

The sales, made up of Canadian-breds, will include more than 430 yearlings representing more than 130 sires.

"This year's lineup is very impressive," said Julie Coulter, general manager of the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, in a press release. "With yearlings from U.S. sires like Broken Vow, Langfuhr, and Royal Academy, as well as prominent Canadian sires like Ascot Knight, Bold Executive, Bold N' Flashy and Peaks and Valleys, we're expecting a very successful sale."

Other features of the sale include airfare rebates to out-of-province buyers, free onsite pedigree analysis, and special rates at nearby hotels. The horse society also will be assisting potential buyers through its New Owner Syndicate Program.

Additional information is available from the the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society at 416-675-3602 or at cths.ont.com.