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Financingavailable to wait for Seaway
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Financingavailable's photo graced the cover of the catalog for the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's yearling sales, which will be held this coming Tuesday and next Saturday at the Woodbine sales pavilion.
But, Financingavailable herself will not grace the field for the Algoma, the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that is one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the holiday Monday program.
Financingavailable, a 6-year-old who won last year's Algoma en route to a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion filly or mare, instead will await the $150,000 Seaway, a Grade 3 stakes at seven furlongs here next Saturday.
"It's a lot bigger race," said Lorne Richards, who trains Financingavailable for K.K. Sangara. "It's worth an extra $50,000 for her, with the Ontario-bred bonus. And, if she could get a graded stakes win, it would be great."
Financingavailable has made her last two starts on turf, finishing second in the Grade 3 Royal North and winning the restricted Victoriana, but Richards is looking forward to getting her back on the main track.
"She runs okay on the turf, but I think she's just a better horse on the main track," said Richards. "Her record shows it."
Financingavailable is 10 for 12 in her main-track outings, losing once in seven starts on the former dirt oval here and once in five tries over Polytrack.
Archie's Gal starts off claim
Richards and Sangara will send out an Algoma runner: Archie's Gal, who was claimed for $62,500 from her last start here Aug. 17.
"She seems like a nice horse," said Richards. "She was very well looked after; I got her in good shape."
Archie's Gal, a 5-year-old, finished second behind Financingavailable in the restricted Classy 'N Smart at 1 1/16 miles here last October.
London Snow may battle the boys
London Snow, third behind Financingavailable in the Victoriana, has been cross-entered in the Algoma and the Halton, a one-mile turf stakes in which she would face males.
Trained by John Charalambous, London Snow came into the Victoriana off a solid second-place finish behind the Kentucky-bred Vestrey Lady in an open one-mile turf allowance, but fell ill just after that race and missed a week's training.
"She ran a pretty good race in the Victoriana," said Charalambous, who trains London Snow for Kirk Bradden Stable. "I wanted to put a little bit of pressure on Financingavailable early, and that might have cost me second money. But, at the end of the day, she's just too good."
Sheer Enchantment, who finished fourth in the Victoriana, won last year's Halton for trainer Paul Attard but returned to the barn of her first trainer, Abraham Katryan, earlier this summer.
Katryan also will be looking to strike some yearling sales stakes gold with Stonetown.
Stonetown, a 4-year-old gelding, was cross-entered in the 1 1/16-mile Elgin for colts and geldings and the six-furlong Kenora, but Katryan is leaning toward sending him around two turns for the first time.
"I think my horse is going to run a big race," said Katryan, who trains Stonetown for Spring Farm and Racing Canada Inc. "I like the idea of going from seven-eighths to a mile and a sixteenth. I don't want to rough him up; I think he's got a better chance there."
Stonetown has won his last three starts, all in allowance company, with his two most recent successes coming at seven furlongs.
Beenthruthedesert likely for Elgin
Beenthruthedesert, a 3-year-old gelding trained by Red Johnson, also has been entered in both the Elgin and the Halton but probably will opt for the Elgin's two turns on the main track.
"He's a big, long-striding horse," said Johnson, who trains Beenthruthedesert for Jim Coburn and Ted Coker. "I think he'll be competitive. He's going to improve going long. He can turf, too, but I believe he wants to go two turns."
Beenthruthedesert, a full brother to Bad Hat, was purchased for $17,000 at the preferred session of the local yearling sale.
"We purchased him relatively cheap," said Johnson, noting that Bad Hat had yet to start at the time of the sale and went on to win two stakes in a 3-for-3 juvenile campaign.
Beenthruthedesert, unraced at 2, has made three starts in Ontario-sired company, winning at first asking in a restricted seven-furlong maiden special. In his next appearance, which came in a first-level allowance at seven furlongs on turf, Beenthruthedesert finished fourth but was disqualified and placed last after a troubled start.
Returned to the main track for his latest, Beenthruthedesert rallied to get up in time under regular rider Constant Montpellier in a first-level allowance at six furlongs.
"At six furlongs, Constant had to ride him all the way," said Johnson. "That's not what he wants to do; he has a huge stride. Even seven furlongs was too short."
Beenthruthedesert tuned up on the main track by working a mile on his own in 1:42.40 here Tuesday.
"He went easy," said Johnson. "He only works good in company, chasing horses down."
Poco Uno out until fall
Poco Uno, a 2-year-old filly, finished fourth after stumbling badly at the start of the Ontario Debutante here Aug. 18, and was injured in the process and is on the sidelines.
"She ripped half her foot off," said Johnson. "We sent her back to Kentucky; they'll try to build her foot back up."
Poco Uno could resurface at Calder in the $90,000 Cassidy, a 5 1/2-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Oct. 13.
Born Loose looking for first win
Johnson also is looking forward to the return of Born Loose, who is winless in five outings and will make his first start since June 13 in an Ontario-sired maiden special at seven furlongs on the turf here Monday.
Born Loose, a 3-year-old gelding owned and bred by Kenneth Sawatzky, finished a close fourth when making his last start in the Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.
"He should have won that race," said Johnson. "He got totally wiped out, and he hurt himself.
"He's been a hard-luck horse. Around the barn, we call him Canada's best maiden."