07/29/2007 11:00PM

Full workday for Breeders' cast


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mike Fox and Alezzandro, winners of the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, both worked over Woodbine's main turf course on Sunday morning in preparation for the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.

The Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds that concludes the Triple Crown series, will be run here Sunday with a field of 12 expected.

The traffic cones were well out and the turf was firm as Mike Fox breezed five furlongs in 1:04.40 under jockey Emma Wilson and Alezzandro breezed six furlongs in 1:16.60 under Todd Kabel.

Trainer Ian Black, who sent out Mike Fox to win the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here June 24, said the colt's apparent tardiness in getting under way in his workout was by design.

"I didn't want to break him off until he got past the bleachers," said Black, referring to the backstretch stands where horsemen watch the workouts. "He was on his own, and I didn't want him turning his head to look at the people there."

Black said that while Mike Fox was taking his time, a pair of workers trained by Mike Keogh went past him.

"That gave him something to run at," said Black.

Alezzandro breezed in company with stablemate Sergei, a 3-year-old colt who was clocked in 1:18.60.

Sergei broke off about four lengths in front of him, "to give him something to run at," said Kevin Attard, who sent out Alezzandro to win the 1o3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on July 15.

"Alezzandro was probably four lengths in front by the time they came by the wire," Attard said. "He handled the turf well."

Keogh's twosome, Golani and Sextet, worked a mile in 1:43.20.

Golani, one of four maidens eyeing the Breeders', had Emile Ramsammy in the irons. Sextet is a stakes-placed 6-year-old gelding.

"They did it nice and easy," said Keogh.

Other Breeders' candidates who worked on the turf Sunday were Marchfield, It's Like This, and Ice Bear.

Marchfield, who finished sixth in the Queen's Plate and fifth in the Prince of Wales for trainer Mark Casse, breezed in 52.60 seconds under jockey Patrick Husbands while going in company with stablemate Martin's Bay, a 3-year-old filly.

"Patrick said he just loved the turf," said Casse.

It's Like This, trained by Mike Doyle, breezed six furlongs in 1:17.80 under jockey Tyler Pizarro, going in company with stablemate Orna, a 3-year-old colt.

Ice Bear, winner of the Charlie Barley at one mile on turf for trainer Mac Benson here July 14, failed to make time in his five-furlong workout under jockey David Clark.

"He didn't put much effort into it," said Benson, who plans to supplement Ice Bear to the Breeders' at a cost of $12,000 that includes the regular $5,000 entry fee. "I couldn't send anybody with him, and he needs somebody to go with."

In other Breeders' workouts:

* Twilight Meteor, trained by Todd Pletcher, breezed four furlongs in 49.67 seconds at Belmont Park on Sunday morning.

* Walk with Kings and Storm the Castle, a pair of maidens trained by Mark Frostad, had their final tune-ups on the main track here Sunday, going in company. Storm the Castle was clocked in 1:00.40 and Walk with Kings in 1:01.

Jockey Slade Callaghan was aboard Storm the Castle, while Robin Platts, a retired Hall of Fame jockey who is galloping horses for Sam-Son Farm, rode Walk With Kings.

"Storm the Castle will probably be the rabbit," said Frostad. "Somebody's got to go with Alezzandro. We can't let him have it all his own way."

* It's a Danzig breezed four furlongs in 47.40 seconds on the main track at Arlington Park on Saturday, while Runoff to L A breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the main track here.

Rebecca Maker, who trains It's a Danzig, said the colt worked without blinkers and will race without the equipment for the first time in the Breeders'.