08/20/2006 11:00PM

Financingavailable an equine ATM


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Financingavailable has been money in the bank since being purchased privately by trainer Lorne Richards and owner K.K. Sangara in the summer of 2004 here at Woodbine.

Her latest contribution to the coffers came in Sunday's Victoriana, where Financingavailable picked up $75,000 for her 5 1/4-length romp over fellow Ontario-sired fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Financingavailable, a 5-year-old daughter of Kiridashi, was opening a new frontier of sorts, as the Victoriana represented her longest winning distance to date.

"She shows up every time," said Richards. "I didn't think the distance would be any problem. She's push-button. She'll rate - she really relaxes now. She'll do whatever you want.

"I just never had a chance to run her long, and if it's not broke, don't fix it," the trainer added. "On paper, she was a little better than the rest of them in there Sunday."

Financingavailable, purchased locally as a yearling by her original trainer, Mark Casse, is eligible for the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that will be one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes run here Sept. 4.

Another option would be the Seaway, a Grade 3, $150,000 race for fillies and mares at seven furlongs here Sept. 9.

"For her, the Seaway's a $200,000 race, with the extra $50,000 for Canadian-breds," said Richards. "It's a graded race, too, and I like the extra five days between starts. We'll just see how everything's setting up."

In the meantime, Richards plans to be represented on yearling sales stakes day by new acquisition Only If Split, whose purchase from Casse was finalized just last Friday, heading for the seven-furlong Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies.

Only If Split is a maiden after three starts but has finished second in her last two, including the five-furlong Nandi for Ontario-sired fillies here Aug. 5.

Gonzalez proves a smart shopper

Trainer Nick Gonzalez has made a name for himself with some bargain yearling purchases in the past, and two of his latest proteges were front and center here last Saturday, with Stillistillmovin and My List running one-two in the $125,800 Ontario Debutante.

Stillistillmovin was acquired for $3,500 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale, while My List was knocked down for a paltry $1,200 at that same venue.

"They weren't perfect horses by any stretch of the imagination," said Gonzalez. "Stillistillmovin's a little crooked.

"Actually, the one we got cheapest is the best-looking filly. She's got good conformation - she was just big, and gangly."

While both Stillistillmovin and My List began their careers with longtime Gonzalez clients, both competed in the Ontario Debutante for the Tucci Stable of Lou and Carlo Tucci.

My List had been owned by Martha Gonzalez, Nick Gonzalez's wife and assistant, when she ran second in her debut here May 13.

Shortly thereafter, My List was purchased privately by the Tuccis and was making her third start for those owners in the Ontario Debutante.

Stillistillmovin was entered for a $40,000 claiming price when she was the easy winner of her debut for owners Mike Coll and Martha Gonzalez, and the Tuccis again came calling.

"Fortunately, for me, they offered to leave the horses with me," said Nick Gonzalez, who has also taken on the training of Annie's Endeavor, an unraced homebred 2-year-old filly, for the Tuccis.

Stillistillmovin, who led throughout the Ontario Debutante under David Clark, and My List, who rallied from well back under Emma Jayne Wilson, now will be heading in different directions.

The next open sprint for the 2-year-old filly division, the seven-furlong Glorious Song, will be run Nov. 19.

"Whether she's got to go out of town, or whether I've just got to stop with her and sit on her, I really don't know," said Gonzalez.

My List, on the other hand, will be considered for the $150,000 Natalma at one mile on turf here Sept. 10 and the $250,000 Mazarine at 1 1/16 miles here Sept. 30. Both the Natalma and Mazarine are Grade 3 races for 2-year-old fillies.

"Emma's said all along that this filly's been disadvantaged running on the inside track, and said she wants to go long in the worst way," said Gonzalez.

Roving Angel looking sharp again

Roving Angel turned some heads with her solid fourth-place finish against males in the Grade 3 Seagram, a 1 1/16-mile race here Aug. 19.

Last Saturday, facing fillies and mares in the $100,000 Belle Mahone, Roving Angel certified that performance with a front-running 5 1/2-length tour de force under Justin Stein.

"It's nice to see a horse run that good," said Bobby Pion, who trains Roving Angel for Rachel and Keith McClelland. "Hopefully, for us, she's just improving."

Roving Angel, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, had won her first three starts at 2, including the six-furlong Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies, and wound up her first campaign with a third-place finish here in the seven-furlong Glorious Song.

But last year was a disappointment, as Roving Angel failed to find the winner's circle in nine outings, although she did finish in the money on four occasions.

"She has pretty bad arthritis," said Pion. "You can't have a fan on her, any time at all, or she can't walk the next morning. We found that out last year.

"She likes the heat. That doesn't bother her at all.

Pion would like to strike again with Roving Angel while the iron is hot, and will consider cutting her back to seven furlongs for the Seaway.

The only open two-turn main-track stakes for the division over the rest of the meeting is the $175,000 Maple Leaf, at 1 1/4 miles here Nov. 11.

"There's just not much for me to go on here, and I know other people are in the same boat," said Pion. "I'll probably have to look at some options down below."