08/12/2008 11:00PM

Gonzalez tries to pad lead


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Nick Gonzalez's barn, already responsible for a meet-leading eight stakes winners here at Woodbine, will have three shots at adding to that total Saturday.

In the $150,000 Ontario Debutante, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, the stable will be represented by a pair of new faces in Back to Therapy and After the Applause.

In the $100,000 Belle Mahone, a 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes, My List will be looking for her third stakes win of the season.

After the Applause and Back to Therapy were bred in Kentucky and won their only starts for Hal Snowden, who has horses with Nick Gonzalez at Fort Erie.

Carlo and Lou Tucci, who are major Gonzalez clients, learned that the 2-year-olds were for sale and arranged their private purchase.

Back to Therapy was a 10-length winner of her only start, which came in a maiden $32,000 claimer at 4 1/2 furlongs at Calder on July 18.

After the Applause rallied strongly to score by a head in a five-furlong maiden race at Calder on July 19.

"They should be a complimentary pair," said assistant trainer Martha Gonzalez, who runs the show here for her husband. "They're beautiful. They're typical Florida babies, broke to death, nothing bothers them.

"After the Applause has a beautiful mind. She looks like she'll go a bit further; she's a little more relaxed. Back to Therapy is a little more precocious."

My List preps in stakes for Seaway

My List, also owned by the Tuccis, won the Grade 3, six-furlong Whimsical and the Gradeo3, 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie in her first two starts here this spring.

After finishing a close fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'N' Dale behind Bear Now and Serenading, who also are back in the Belle Mahone, My List cut back in distance and was a closing second in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too here July 1.

"She's doing quite well," Martha Gonzalez said. "We gave her a little break. This is good scheduling, to run her in the Seaway."

The Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, will be run here Sept. 6.

Disfunction works on turf for Play the King

Disfunction, one of the top main-track sprinters here, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.60 under exercise rider Joey Belowus on a "good" training track turf course here Wednesday morning.

Trainer Julia Carey had sent out Disfunction to work on the grass for the first time in preparation for the Grade 2, $200,000 Play the King, a seven-furlong turf race here Aug. 23.

"The turf was kind of deep, and he wasn't too sure of himself out there," Carey said. "The jury's still out.

"But there's really nowhere else to run the horse, unless I ship him all the way to Del Mar."

Disfunction, a 4-year-old gelding, became a stakes winner when making just his eighth career start in the Grade 3 Vigil at seven furlongs here May 19. He then finished second in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture in his next appearance on July 20.

Marlang targets Saranac at Spa

Marlang, who ran his last quarter-mile in an incredible 22.85 seconds when leading throughout the Breeders' Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf here Aug. 3, is scheduled to make his next start in Saratoga's Grade 3 Saranac.

The $100,000 Saranac, a 1 3/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds, will be run Aug. 31.

"There aren't many straight 3-year-old races left for him," said Debbie England, who trains Marlang for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

Regular rider Richard Dos Ramos has the call on Marlang for the Saranac, which in recent years has been won by Woodbine-based horses Jambalaya and Shoal Water.

Jambalaya romped in the Breeders' prior to capturing the 2005 Saranac, and Shoal Water finished second in the Breeders' prior to taking the 2003 edition.

Much Obliged shipping to Saratoga

Much Obliged, who is based here with Malcolm Pierce but has yet to start at the Woodbine meeting, will be traveling to Saratoga for Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

"If she could win that, it would make a big difference in her value," said Pierce, who trains Much Obliged for Pin Oak Stable.

Nicki Knew, Krz Exec drill for Eternal Search

Nicki Knew, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Bison City here July 26 but then fourth in the Wonder Where at 1 1/4 miles on turf, worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 seconds here Friday morning.

Apprentice jockey Melanie Giddings, who is taking a brief break from race riding while she deals with some minor physical issues, was aboard for the drill.

"We wanted to give her kind of a good, stiff work and then come back next week with a lighter work to get her ready for the Eternal Search," trainer Kevin Attard said.

The $125,000 Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, will be run here Aug. 27.

Krz Exec, also eyeing the Eternal Search, worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 on the training track here Wednesday with regular rider Jerry Baird in the saddle.

"We're on our way," trainer Mike DePaulo said. "One more breeze, and we'll run. She'll be nice and fresh."

Krz Exec won the July 6 Ontario Damsel, a 6o1/2-furlong turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, in her only start this season.

Singing Saint on farm with injury

Singing Saint, a highly regarded 4-year-old colt who did not debut until July 2 but was perfect in two turf appearances here, has returned to the farm.

"She chipped a knee," said Brian Lynch, who trains Singing Saint for Stronach Stable. "It wasn't serious, but it definitely needed to be cleaned up.

"She should be ready to go on the first load down to Palm Meadows this fall and be ready for winter racing, I think."

Singing Saint, a son of El Prado and Relaxing Rhythm, is a half-brother to the talented Spring Waltz.