09/06/2009 11:00PM

Guipago gives Delmas breakthrough


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Guipago came close to giving trainer Analisa Delmas her first stakes win when he finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the $503,200 Breeders' here at Woodbine on Aug. 2.

On Sunday, Guipago sealed the deal for Delmas with a half-length win under regular rider Tyler Pizzaro in the $127,400 Vice Regent.

"It's pretty amazing," said Delmas, who trains Guipago for the Fieldstone Farm of her father, Ron Delmas. "He's just been such a thrill for us - from the CTHS sale to the infield winner's circle. It's pretty much a dream come true."

Guipago was purchased at the local select sale for just $1,200. With his Vice Regent victory, the Ontario-sired colt now has banked $286,320

Delmas also had entered Guipago in Monday's $125,000 Algoma, the yearling sales stakes over one mile on turf for 3-year-olds and upward.

"When I saw who actually was in the race, it was a pretty salty group," said Delmas, who decided that the Vice Regent was a more favorable spot.

In either case, Delmas faced the challenge of cutting back from 1 1/2 miles to a mile with Guipago, who had won his maiden over 1 3/8 miles on turf in his start before the Breeders'.

"I know he likes to go long, and I had to get him a little more sharp for this race," said Delmas. "He was so good training in the morning, so willing. I was happy with his works going into this race."

And, now that Delmas has experienced the delights of saddling a stakes winner, she might try to do it again this weekend with Venganza in the $125,000 La Prevoyante, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"She's definitely a turf girl, and it seems she'll like the distance," said Delmas, who sent out Venganza to win her a restricted first-level allowance over one mile on grass in her last start here after watching her finish third when making her seven-furlong turf debut in a $40,000 conditioned claimer. "We'll see how she trains this week."

Ron Delmas purchased Veganza for $2,500 from the same sale in which he acquired Guipago.

Jordan barn warms up

Trainer Terry Jordan had been experiencing a dry spell, with no wins in just five starts over three weeks.

"I've been trying to get horses in," said Jordan, who had been at his other base at Hastings for the past three weeks while his assistant, Anita Bolton, ran the day-to-day operation here. "It's been very frustrating."

The Jordan barn, however, started cooking again with wins by Almostintheblue for $12,500 here Friday and Peace N the Valley for $40,000 in the first race here Saturday.

Then, Tribal Belle put the icing on the cake by becoming a stakes winner in Saturday's Grade 3, $154,200 Seaway for fillies and mares.

Tribal Belle, a British Columbia-bred 4-year-old who races for the Canvasback Farm of her owner and breeder Mark Wilshire, was making her first start since June 24 in the seven-furlong Seaway after the allowance prep failed to fill.

Even though he has been on the record saying that Tribal Belle was an unreliable sort when it came to workouts, Jordan was reasonably confident that she was fit enough for the Seaway.

So was the wagering public, who made Tribal Belle the 7-5 choice and watched her hang on to score by a neck under regular rider Jim McAleney.

The next sprint stakes for the division is the $150,000 Ontario Fashion, a six-furlong race here Nov. 1.

"We can wait until then, if we have to," said Jordan.

Two done for the year

Jordan, who had watched Tribal Belle's performance from his home in Vancouver, was back at Woodbine late Sunday evening after stopping over in Edmonton to send out Approval Rating for a second-place finish in the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park.

And the trainer checked in with the news that True Metropolitan and Dancing Allstar, who were instrumental in launching his continuing success story here, will not be seeing action again this season.

True Metropolitan, an 8-year-old gelding, never did get to start here in 2009 after opening up his campaign with a second-place finish in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal at Hastings on May 2.

Although True Metropolitan did ship to Ontario, he went to the farm with expectations of a fall campaign that have now been abandoned.

"He had a little splint bone problem, and we took that out," said Jordan. "He'll be fine next year."

Dancing Allstar, a 4-year-old filly, won the Grade 3, six-furlong Whimsical in her seasonal bow here April 18 but ended last of five in her fourth start of the campaign, the Aug. 1 Royal North at six furlongs on turf.

"We've turned her out for the year," said Jordan.

True Metropolitan and Dancing Allstar are slated to winter in Florida this time around.

Rahy's Attorney looks sharp

Several candidates for the Sept. 20 Woodbine Mile worked over the long weekend, with the most eye-catching move being turned in by Rahy's Attorney, the defending champion in the Grade 1, $1 million turf race.

With regular rider Slade Callaghan in the irons, Rahy's Attorney zipped four furlongs in 46.60 seconds on the main track. The clockers caught Rahy's Attorney getting his opening quarter-mile in 22.60 seconds and galloping out five furlongs in 59.60 and gave the move a "breezing" designation.

"I didn't expect him to go that quickly but he was breezing," said trainer Ian Black. "He was sharp."

Sterwins, trained by Malcolm Pierce, breezed five furlongs on the main track last Saturday, going in 59.80 seconds under exercise rider Mark Ramsammy.

Grand Adventure, trained by Mark Frostad, and Daylight Express, the Barbadian invader trained by Robert Pierce, both breezed on the turf training track.

Grand Adventure went in 1:01.40 with regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva aboard.

Daylight Express, working under regular rider Andy Ward and going in company with traveling stablemate Peaceful Envoy, went four furlongs in 47 seconds.

Ice Bear, who finished fourth in last year's Woodbine Mile for trainer Mac Benson, breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds under regular rider Chantal Sutherland on Monday.