08/11/2005 11:00PM

Edenwold, Victoria's Boy clash

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winner Edenwold will clash with the promising Victoria's Boy on Sunday at Woodbine in the $159,900 Vandal, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

Edenwold, a $100,000 yearling purchase, has already earned $156,150 for owners Jim and Alice Sapara. He was second in each of his first two starts, including the Victoria Stakes, and then graduated in a romp before capturing the Colin Stakes.

In the July 23 Colin, Edenwold ditched his closing style and ended up dueling with two rivals on the front end, including the favored Kentucky shipper Key West Breeze. He put that one away in the stretch, and won comfortably with an 80 Beyer Speed Figure under David Clark.

Trainer Josie Carroll said she was surprised to see Edenwold on the lead in the six-furlong Colin.

"I thought he'd need a little speed," Carroll said, "so I told the rider to put him on his game a little. I just didn't expect him to respond quite that well."

Carroll has always felt that Edenwold would enjoy longer distances, and she considered bypassing the Vandal to wait for the Sept. 4 Simcoe Stakes, a seven-furlong race for products of local yearling sales.

"I would have waited for the yearling sales stakes, but my horse is good right now," Carroll said.

Victoria's Boy narrowly won his July 31 opener, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special, after battling on the lead through quick fractions.

Trainer Sid Attard said Victoria's Boy wasn't cranked up for his debut, but wanted to get a race into him before the Vandal.

"I figured he wasn't ready to go six and a half, because he had only had one five-eighths work," Attard said. "He ran a big race. If it was five or five and one-half furlongs, he would have won by five. I hope he stays sound, because he's a good horse. He's got heart."

Victoria's Boy is a half-brother to the unbeaten stakes winner Verne's Baby, who is sidelined. Attard believes Victoria's Boy is the more talented of the two.

"I think he's much better than his brother," Attard said. "He's not as big as him, but he runs straighter."

Attard said he has no qualms with running Victoria's Boy back in two weeks.

"After his race, he acted like he didn't even run," Attard said. "He took it well, and he came back and worked five-eighths in 1:00.80, nice and easy."

The other Vandal entrants are Moon Worship, No Dilettante, and Blistering Fx.