11/04/2009 12:00AM

Eagle Poise preps for Valedictory


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Eagle Poise will test his skills over 1 5/8 miles Friday at Woodbine in a $101,100 allowance that serves as the prep for the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes, a 1 3/4-mile race Dec. 6.

Eagle Poise, a 3-year-old trained by Bobby Frankel for Juddmonte Farm, didn't win his maiden until his sixth start here on the Polytrack in July and subsequently beat a mediocre field in a 1 3/8-mile allowance on the grass.

Eagle Poise went back to the Polytrack on Sept. 6 and scored a 1 1/2-length victory in a 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the Ontario Derby. He was the 5-2 second choice in the Ontario Derby, which was run at nine furlongs, but finished second after a wide, stalking journey.

Patrick Husbands will ride Eagle Poise, a son of Grade 1 Belmont winner Empire Maker and Group 1 Epsom Oaks winner Reams of Verse.

Torquay is winless since he captured the 2007 Valedictory. He did not compete in the race last year because it was on the portion of the closing-day card that was canceled.

Torquay finished third in consecutive allowances in August and was also third in a $40,000 claimer Sept. 27. Gerry Olguin has the mount for owner and trainer Nick DeToro, who claimed Torquay for $12,500 from trainer Josie Carroll in 2005.

Venablo is coupled in the Analisa Delmas-trained entry with another long-winded 3-year-old, Mogul.

Venable won his maiden three starts ago in a 1 1/2-mile event for $20,000 maidens. After running fifth in an Ontario-sired allowance on the grass, he won a 1 1/2-mile starter allowance in his last outing, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

Mogul received a 60 Beyer Figure when he beat $16,000 maidens over 1 1/2 miles in his ninth start Oct. 14.

Tap Show is coming off a hard-fought win and a $20,000 claim by trainer Daryl Ezra. He was second behind Torquay in the 2007 Valedictory.

Tiger Bud set slow fractions on an uncontested lead when he beat Torquay and Bag of Hammers in his last race Sept. 27. He has never raced beyond 1 1/8 miles.

Kilmoganny and Paullinus ran one-two in a two-mile and 70-yard starter allowance at Fort Erie Oct. 27, known locally as the "Tour-de-Fort."