05/04/2005 12:00AM

Enough Is Enough targets Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Enough Is Enough is scheduled to take his first step on the road to the $1 million Queen's Plate here in Saturday's Queenston Stakes.

But trainer Steve Attard, who owns Enough Is Enough along with John Milloy and Sheldon Pettle, said that he will not get caught up in the Plate fever that annually manifests itself among the connections of some Queen's Plate hopefuls.

"We have to think about a Plate as a long-term target," said Attard. "I'm not going to get too excited, too soon.

"The way he works, the way he trains, I think he'll go a mile and a quarter. But I won't hurt him, to make the Plate. I've seen too many horses get ruined, doing that."

Still, Enough Is Enough is much more than a fringe candidate in the early prognostications for the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here June 26.

An Ontario-bred colt by Porto Foricos, Enough Is Enough was purchased for $8,500 at the local open yearling sale.

And after winning the seven-furlong Frost King, the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie, and $199,410 in a five-start campaign at 2, Enough Is Enough will be one of the choices in the Queenston.

Enough Is Enough, whose Kingarvie win came on the final day of the meeting, spent the winter at Sue Foreman's Kingsbrook Farm, where he started up training in February and was ridden daily in the indoor arena.

Since checking back in to Woodbine on March 1, Enough Is Enough has had eight workouts.

"He had a little setback about three weeks ago," said Attard. "He had a small splint and was off a couple of days.

"But, he seems much fitter than I think he should be."

Enough Is Enough underlined Attard's opinion here Monday as he zipped five furlongs in 59.40, the fastest of 44 workouts at the distance.

Patrick Husbands, who has taken over as Enough Is Enough's rider this year, was aboard for the drill. "He was awesome," said Attard. "Patrick was thrilled with him."

Attard does admit to having some second thoughts when considering that the Queen's Plate is a scant seven weeks away.

"I probably should have gone to Florida with him," Attard said. "But it's hard to go with just one horse. I could have sent him with other people, but nobody's going to look after our horse the way we look after him."

Parsely to keep My Vintage Port's foal

Trainer Ken Parsley has enjoyed back-to-back vintage seasons, thanks in large part to the efforts of My Vintage Port, another offspring of Porto Foricos who was purchased for $8,500 at the local open yearling sale.

My Vintage Port, owned by Parsley in partnership with Rick Pettifer, won three stakes, banked $351,051, and was Canada's champion 2-year-old filly in 2003.

Last year, My Vintage Port added another two stakes scores and $383,302.

But My Vintage Port will not be back at the racetrack this year, as she recently returned from Kentucky after being bred to Aptitude in February. Parsley plans to keep the foal.

Clouds of Gold, another significant contributor to the Parsley earnings over the last two seasons, sold for $115,000 at Keeneland this past January.

Claimed for $32,000 out of her first career start in November 2002, Clouds of Gold went on to win more than $300,000 and place in four stakes.

Cabriolass new hope

Parsley will be hoping to pick up some of the slack with Cabriolass, a gelding whom he claimed for $25,000 here last October.

"Hopefully, he's going to be the breadwinner this year," said Parsley, who has eight horses here.

An Ontario-sired 4-year-old, Cabriolass started twice for Parsley and co-owner Pettifer, finishing second both times, including in the restricted Sir Barton Stakes.

Cabriolass, who blew out two furlongs from the gate in 25 seconds here Wednesday, is slated to make his seasonal bow Friday in a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of three.

Dancehall Deelites eyes Fury-Oaks itinerary

The local 3-year-old filly set will be featured Sunday in the $150,000 Fury, a seven-furlong stakes that is a stepping-stone to the June 12 Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

The Fury is for Ontario-foaled fillies while the $500,000 Oaks, at 1 1/8 miles, is for Canadian-breds.

One trainer who has designs on both races is Sid Attard, who plans to send out Dancehall Deelites for her first start of the season here Sunday.

"She's been working really good," said Attard, noting that Dance Hall Deelites had started up in February at nearby Windhaven Farm and came into the backstretch March 1.

Dance Hall Deelites won her maiden over a mile and 70 yards here last September and closed out her campaign with third-place finishes in the Grade 2 Mazarine and the restricted Princess Elizabeth, both over 1 1/16 miles.

If all goes well, Dance Hall Deelites will proceed from the Fury to the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race here May 22, the final local stakes prep for the Oaks.

* Woodbine will offer advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby, beginning Friday at approximately 3 p.m. The advance wagering will be available at all Woodbine locations, including telephone and online accounts.