10/10/2008 12:00AM

Hot-riding da Silva on to Breeders' Cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva is in the midst of his best meeting to date at Woodbine with 75 wins, more than $4.5 million in purse winnings, and a dozen stakes victories to his credit heading into Friday's program.

But da Silva will sacrifice some business here over the next couple of weeks when he turns his attention to Santa Anita and the Breeders' Cup races on Oct. 24-25.

Da Silva, 33, will ride Bear Now in the Oct. 24 BC Ladies' Classic and Fatal Bullet in the Oct. 25 BC Sprint for trainer Reade Baker. He also gained a probable third Breeders' Cup mount here last Sunday when he rode Grand Adventure to victory for trainer Mark Frostad in the Summer Stakes, a Win and You're In race for the BC Juvenile Turf.

After riding Saturday's card here this weekend, da Silva was to fly out to Santa Anita to work Fatal Bullet, Bear Now, and Bear It's True on Sunday morning.

Bear It's True, a Baker-trained 2-year-old, is scheduled to run in the $75,000 Jack Goodman Stakes at six furlongs there next Saturday.

Da Silva then will return to Woodbine to ride Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday before returning to California and staying on through the Breeders' Cup with the Baker runners.

"I'll be galloping them, trying to bring them to their races the best way," said da Silva. "I need to focus on these two horses now, and that's what I'm going to do."

Hawley jacked up for Legends

Sandy Hawley has not ridden in a horse race since finishing third aboard Terremoto in the Dominion Day Handicap here on July 1, 1998.

But Hawley will be back in action at Santa Anita next Saturday when he faces a number of prominent fellow retirees in the Living Legends, an optional claiming and allowance sprint for California-breds that will be an official race with parimutuel wagering.

Hawley, 59, has been working as an ambassador for the Woodbine Entertainment Group's media communications department and has been a regular contributor to the television coverage since the day he hung up his tack.

But when he was contacted this summer by a representative of retired rider Laffit Pincay Jr., who was organizing the Living Legends programs but will not be participating in the actual race this year, Hawley jumped at the opportunity.

Among other riders in the event are Jerry Bailey, Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens, Julie Krone, and Jacinto Vasquez.

"I'd been going to the gym for six months, and was feeling pretty good," said Hawley. "I thought, 'One race, what the heck.' Especially when I heard about the other riders who'd be going. I was honored that I'd be included."

Once Hawley had consented to participate, he ramped up his personal training program.

"I was totally motivated," said Hawley. "I started going to the gym five days a week."

Hawley also contacted the staff at Windfields Farm, which is located near his home in Oshawa, Ontario, and made arrangements to start getting back in the saddle.

"I started out getting on one, or maybe two, horses a morning," said Hawley. "My weight went from 122 down to 110; the pounds just flew off.

"I'm probably now in the best shape I've been in since I retired from riding. My cardiovascular is good, my muscle tone is good. I'm feeling good, feeling strong."

On Sunday, Hawley will have his major prep for the Legends race when he works a Sam-Son farm runner over the main track while going in company with a horse ridden by Robin Platts, a fellow member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Platts, also 59, last competed in 2000 and retired with 3,245 wins. He is working as an exercise rider for Sam-Son.

Meanwhile, Hawley's cheering section at Santa Anita will include his wife, Lisa, and his sons Bradley, 16, and Russell, 14.

A victory would give Hawley a nice, round career total of 6,550 and improve his position as the ninth all-time leading rider in North America.

Not Bourbon may be done for year

Not Bourbon, winner of the Queen's Plate and three other stakes in a vintage 3-year-old campaign, may not see action again this season.

"I'm not quite sure what we're doing," said Roger Attfield, who trains Not Bourbon for owner/breeder Charles Fipke. "We'll just keep him ticking over, until we figure it out."

Following Not Bourbon's sharp score over older rivals in the seven-furlong Overskate here Sept. 20, Attfield and Fipke had talked about sending him to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

"My feeling is that we could wait and do that next year," said Attfield. "I think he's done everything he's needed to do this year. We might just put him away for the year, and bring him back as a 4-year-old."

Callwood Dancer going into sale

Callwood Dancer, who finished second in the $1 million E.P. Taylor here last Sunday, is not under consideration for the BC Filly and Mare Turf.

Owned by Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranch, Callwood Dancer's next public appearance is slated to be in the November breeding stock sale at Keeneland.

"Unless someone was to purchase her privately, before the sale, she wouldn't be running in the Breeders' Cup," said Attfield.

* Monday's 10-race Canadian Thanksgiving Day program will be headed by the $125,000 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds. Top contenders include Mean Green, winner of the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes here Sept. 1; and Shut It Down, who finished second there but came back to graduate at six furlongs on Sept. 26.

* Woodbine's Thoroughbred betting menu will include a $1 pick-seven wager for the final time on Sunday and will introduce a $2 pick six beginning Wednesday. If there are no 6-of-6 winners, 30 percent of the net pool will go to the best of six, and 70 percent carried over to the next card. The pick six will be on the day's final six races. The takeout is 25 percent.