06/15/2005 11:00PM

Frankel gets Wild Desert for Plate

Wild Desert hasn't run since he was eighth in the Arkansas Derby.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bobby Frankel, who has a division at Woodbine for Stronach Stable, will be the trainer of record for Wild Desert in next Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate.

Wild Desert currently is at Monmouth Park with assistant trainer Larry Walters, who is overseeing a string there for Richard Dutrow Jr. Dutrow is serving a 60-day suspension, which began June 1, for medication violations in New York.

"He's going to get the horse back when his days are up," said Frankel.

Wild Desert, originally trained by Ken McPeek, finished second in the Grade 2 Lane's End at 1 1/8 miles at Turfway Park on March 26.

But, Wild Desert was taken off the Kentucky Derby trail after finishing a distant eighth in the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby on April 16. Shortly thereafter he was turned over to Dutrow and has yet to race back.

"I was around him in Kentucky," said Frankel. "But, I haven't been around him since then."

Wild Desert originally was owned by Carl Gessler, who sold a majority interest to Daniel Borislow prior to the colt's first start at 3 in Gulfstream's Fountain of Youth in March.

Borislow and Gessler recently sold an approximate 40 percent interest in Wild Desert to a group consisting of New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, Sanford Goldfarb, and Michael Dubb.

Patrick Valenzuela will have the mount.

Tough spot for Raylene off layoff

The focus will be on Nashinda and One for Rose in Saturday's Ontario Matron, but trainer Reade Baker said he believes he's in with at least a fighting chance with Raylene, a 5-year-old who will be making her first start of the year.

"I don't know if she can beat those two, going a mile and a sixteenth, first start off the bench," said Baker, who has saddled a meet-leading five stakes winners. "But she's doing really well; she worked brilliantly the other day."

Raylene worked six furlongs last Sunday in 1:14 under Jim McAleney, who came back to pilot Gold Strike to victory in that afternoon's $502,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks. That was the fourth stakes winner of the season for McAleney, all riding Baker-trained horses.

Bred in Kentucky and previously based in Alberta, Raylene came east to Baker last summer and went on to win two open allowance races from six starts, including an upset score over One for Rose.

Fifty Seven Flat in from Kentucky

Fifty Seven Flat, who is based in Kentucky with Elliott Walden, arrived at Woodbine early Thursday morning and will be seeking his second win in as many starts in Sunday's $125,000 Victoria at five furlongs, the first stakes of the meeting for 2-year-olds.

Fifty Seven Flat, a Kentucky-bred colt, won his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 21, coming from just off the pace to draw clear by 2 1/4 lengths.

"He was very impressive at Churchill," said Maurice Byrne, an assistant to Walden. "He's a solid type of horse."

Byrne was here on the long weekend in May, sending out Unbridled Energy to win the Grade 3 Marine and Commander Pat to win an allowance race, and was back last Sunday to saddle Commander Pat for his third-place finish in the Victoria Park.

Todd Kabel, who was aboard Unbridled Energy and Commander Pat in their appearances here, will also ride Fifty Seven Flat.

"He's training well into this race," said Byrne. "This will be a stepping-stone, to see what we have."

Judiths Wild Rush to try turf

Baker will be looking for the biggest day of his career here next Sunday with Gold Strike set to swing back in the Queen's Plate and Judiths Wild Rush slated to make his turf debut in the Grade 3, $200,000 Scotts Highlander Handicap at six furlongs.

"If he likes the grass, I think he'll run just dandy," said Baker. "He's put on about 75 pounds since his last race."

Judiths Wild Rush, a 4-year-old colt owned by Harvey Tenenbaum, moved into Baker's barn here this spring and has run very well in three stakes appearances, including a win in the seven-furlong Vigil under jockey Slade Callaghan.

The Highlander also is scheduled to be the first local start of the season for Soaring Free, who won the race last year en route to his Canadian Horse of the Year title.

Soaring Free, trained by Mark Frostad, has not raced since winning Keeneland's Grade 3 Shakertown at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in his first start of the year on April 16.

Quick in Deed wins Bold Ruckus

Quick in Deed justified his favoritism with a workmanlike win here Wednesday in the $126,600 Bold Ruckus Stakes, although runner-up Flat Rock was probably best in the six-furlong turf sprint.

Quick in Deed was bumped at the break and then settled into a stalking position along the rail, as Marco Be Good and Bold Grenadier vied through fractions of 22.69 and 46.84 seconds over a course labeled "yielding."

Jockey Ray Sabourin angled Quick in Deed ($3.10) into the four-path early in the stretch, and they hit the front at the eighth pole before edging away for a one-length score.

Flat Rock saved ground throughout, and was crying out for running room inside the eighth pole. After being steadied in deep stretch, he surged late to finish a neck in front of Archers Alyancer.

Fire Power was fourth in the nine-horse field of Ontario-sired 3-year-olds. The final time was 1:13.26.

Sabourin said he believed that Quick in Deed didn't handle the footing very well, but he was content with his stalking trip.

"He got banged pretty good at the start, which didn't help," Sabourin said. "He ended up sitting a little bit off the pace, which worked out well for us."

It was the third consecutive victory for Quick in Deed. He earned $75,000 for his first stakes victory.

* Saturday will be "Barbados Day" at Woodbine, featuring Bajan music and food, contests, a race dubbed the "Barbados Classic," and a Barbados-Canada jockey challenge.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink