11/12/2010 1:37PM

Before heading south, Caroll, Pierce have stakes on agenda


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainers Josie Carroll and Malcolm Pierce have been neighbors here at Woodbine Racetrack for several years, sharing one entire barn and a portion of another.

Carroll and Pierce may not be in quite such proximity at Fair Grounds, which both have established as their winter headquarters, but both are well into planning their moves south as the racing here heads into its final three weeks.

Both trainers are awaiting this week’s release of the final condition book, which covers the last 10 days of the meeting, which concludes Dec. 5.

“I’m always happy to run down there; we usually have a good meet, said Carroll. “But I can’t really finalize my plans until I see the last book.”

Pierce, hobbled by a broken ankle which was the result of his being struck by one of his horses in the paddock here Oct. 24, will need to get past the vet himself before getting the okay to hit the road.

“If the right races come up, I might leave some of the horses I was planning to ship out early,” said Pierce. “They’d run for more money here, and every time you put them on a trailer and send them on the road they could get sick on you.”

Both Pierce and Carroll plan to be represented in stakes races here before their departures.

Pierce should be first up as Fun Filled has been entered in Sunday’s $150,000 Glorious Song, an open seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Fun Filled was all business in her debut with a smart victory in a seven-furlong maiden turf race here Oct. 3.

“I tried to go in an ‘A-other than’ with her the other day, but it didn’t fill,” said Pierce. “I was hemming and hawing about the Glorious Song. We made a last-minute decision to enter her, at least to have a look.

“I’d love to try Polytrack with her, before I leave, and be able to make a better plan with her for next year. She’s an American-bred, and if she’s strictly grass we’d have to go on the road.”

Inglorious, conditioned by Carroll, also was nominated to the Glorious Song but will not be participating.

Inglorious was victorious when making her first career start here Oct. 24 in the Fanfreluche, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled fillies.

Carroll has opted to reserve Inglorious for the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled fillies here Dec. 4.

“I’d like to try her around two turns, and look to the future with her,” said Carroll, who plans to send Inglorious to New Orleans with a long-term eye toward next year’s 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

Pierce plans to run First With Class in Wednesday’s $150,000 Jammed Lovely and could come back with Much Obliged in Sunday’s $150,000 Bessarabian, which also is expected to attract Carroll’s Authenicat.

First With Class would be seeking her first stakes win in the $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

The 5-year-old Much Obliged has had most of her success on turf but also has handled the main track here and would be returning to that surface for the seven-furlong Bessarabian.

Authenicat has been off since recording her fifth career stakes score in the Ernie Samuel Memorial, a five-furlong off-the-turf stakes for Canadian-bred fillies and mares at Fort Erie on July 25.

“She tried very hard, and it was very hot,” said Carroll. “We turned her out for a couple of weeks, just to freshen her.”

Forgetthestorm, a 3-year-old trained by Carroll, has been penciled in for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Kennedy Road.

A winner over older rivals in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs here last time out, Forgetthestorm again would be tackling his elders in the six-furlong Kennedy Road.

Field Commission preps for Kennedy Road

Field Commission, one of the leading contenders for the Kennedy Road, breezed four furlongs in 47.80 seconds here Friday on a morning when many workouts could not be timed due to the foggy conditions.

“It was awesome,” said Danny Vella, who trains Field Commission and owns the 5-year-old horse in partnership with Edward Seltzer.

“He’s not a morning glory. A big work for him is a big work.”

Field Commission won the six-furlong allowance prep for the Kennedy Road in his last start here Oct. 31.

The 4-year-old General Brock, third in that prep, also is headed for the Kennedy Road and breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the dirt training track here Friday morning.

“It was a little bit deep, and a little bit dry,” said trainer Elizabeth Charalambous. “I was happy with it, Basically, he’s not a great work horse. He saves it for the afternoons.=.”

Beginning Monday, all workouts will be taking place on the main track as the training track will be mothballed following Sunday’s session.

Points of Grace retired

Pierce also reports that Points of Grace, Canada’s champion turf female in 2009, has been retired and that Much Obliged also could be headed for the breeding shed after her next start.

“They’ve been good,” said Pierce. “They’re both stakes winners, and their babies are probably going to be worth more than they could earn on the racetrack.”

The 5-year-old Points of Grace, who finished fifth when making her last start in the River Memories here Oct. 30, already is on the farm in Florida.

She retires with a record of 7-2-1 from 16 starts, good for $550,350 in earnings.

Points of Grace won a pair of turf stakes , the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles and the one-mile River Memories, during her championship campaign.

Anderson services scheduled for Monday

A funeral service will be held on Monday for Robert M. Anderson, the prominent Ontario horseman and racing industry executive who died in Fort Lauderdale last Sunday at age 64.

The service will take place at 11 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, with a reception to follow at Redtail Golf Course, 7020 Mill Road, Port Stanley.

Visitation will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.