10/18/2009 11:00PM

Field Commission unlikely to ship for BC


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - On Canadian International Day last year, Field Commission won his second allowance condition over six furlongs of Polytrack.

Last Saturday, Field Commission earned a guaranteed berth in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint with his explosive score under new rider Julien Leparoux in the .

Danny Vella, who trains Field Commission and is a part-owner along with Edward Seltzer, had no final answer but was leaning toward passing on a trip to California.

"The problem is the supplement," said Vella, citing the $90,000 payment that would be required to make Field Commission eligible to the Breeders' Cup.

"Then there are the travel costs, and the horse would have only three weeks between races coming off a lifetime best.

"He's still in great order. I might just take a shot at the Kennedy Road."

The Grade 3, $150,000 Kennedy Road is the final sprint stakes of the meeting for 3-year-olds and up and will be run here Nov. 21.

In the meantime, Vella and Seltzer can revel in Field Commission's success in the Grade 3 Nearctic after watching him finish second in both the Highlander and Play the King in his previous turf tries.

"Once he got clear, he made a very impressive move," said Vella, who had watched Field Commission overcome traffic problems before shaking loose for a 1 1/2-length victory.

Field Commission, a 4-year-old colt, was bred in Ontario and that earned him a $45,000 bonus on top of the Nearctic's regular $300,000 winner's share.

Winning his second stakes after capturing the Grade 3 Vigil over seven furlongs of Polytrack this May, Field Commission has won 6 of 18 starts, finished in the money a total of 18 times, and earned $807,668.

Bogue Chitto and Jungle Wave completed a local sweep by finishing second and third, a head apart, in the Nearctic and also are slated to make their next appearances in the Kennedy Road.

Bogue Chitto, a 5-year-old Florida-bred who races for his owner and breeder Luis de Hechaverria, began his season by winning a $30,000 maiden race.

After recording a pair of second-place finishes for $40,000 and $37,500, Bogue Chitto moved into the allowance ranks and rolled through his first three conditions in consecutive outings.

The Nearctic was his second consecutive runner-up finish in a stakes, following the six-furlong King Corrie on the main track.

"He kind of got through around the eighth pole and looked like he had a chance to win it," trainer Ian Howard said. "He ran his eyeballs out."

Jungle Wave also ran for a claiming price this year and was snapped up by trainer Sid Attard for owners Carlo and Lou Tucci.

The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old gelding had gone on to finish second in the Bold Venture, to win the Play the King, and to finish fourth in the Woodbine Mile prior to his solid Nearctic effort.

"He ran a good race," Attard said. "I was surprised, he was a little far back. But the winner, he's a nice horse, too."

Spice Route eyes Red Smith for next start

Local representation was limited to one contestant in both the .

Spice Route, a 5-year-old gelding who is trained and partly owned by Roger Attfield, finished sixth in the Canadian International while making his first start since July 25.

"He was traveling well and looked like he was going to run on, but he got tired in the stretch," Attfield said. "I was a little concerned that he was going to be a bit short, after what I've been able to do with him. But he was only beaten a nose for fifth money."

Spice Route could resurface in the Red Smith, a Grade 2, $150,000 turf race over 1 3/8 miles at Aqueduct on Nov. 7.

Roses 'n' Wine, a 4-year-old filly owned by Firestone Farm and trained by David Bell, disputed the pace with a rank Treat Gently and faltered in the final furlong to end last in the field of eight for the E.P. Taylor.

"She gave it a good try; she just got outrun," Bell said. "Maybe if Treat Gently hadn't run off inside her, the plan would have worked better."

Roses 'n' Wine, who had come into the E.P. Taylor off a career-best effort in the Algoma over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack, is scheduled to return to that surface for the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf here Nov. 7.