09/21/2004 11:00PM

Hour of Justice ships out for New York


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hour of Justice, undefeated in three starts this year, all at Woodbine, shipped out early Wednesday morning for a date in Belmont's Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap on Saturday afternoon.

Todd Kabel, who has been Hour of Justice's rider this season, has the call for the $150,000 Noble Damsel, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Hour of Justice has raced exclusively on turf this year, winning the six-furlong allowance prep for the Royal North, the Grade 3 Royal North at the same distance, and the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the Canadian Handicap.

Classic Stamp, the runner-up in the Canadian prep, came back to win the Grade 2 Canadian here last Sunday in a field that included four shippers from the United States.

"She's just a gorgeous filly to train," trainer Mike Keogh said of Hour of Justice, who breezed an easy five furlongs on the main track here last Saturday. "She loves her work, and she loves her food."

Hour of Justice, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Stronach Stable, has won 7 of 9 starts and finished second twice, earning $438,505.

Her first two campaigns were for trainer Reade Baker.

Slew Valley to run next in Maryland

Slew Valley, a Baker trainee who finished seventh here in last Sunday's Grade 1 Atto Mile, is slated to make his next start at Pimlico in the Maryland Million Turf on Oct. 9.

The Turf, a $100,000 race at 1 1/8 miles, will be one of the features on Maryland Million Day, which showcases the state's breeding industry.

A 7-year-old horse, Slew Valley was bred in Maryland by Jim Hindman, who owns him in partnership with Alan Burkhard.

Baker, who took over as Slew Valley's trainer when the horse relocated to Woodbine in May, plans to add blinkers to his equipment after watching him finish 5 3/4 lengths back in the Atto Mile.

"He lugged in dramatically," said Baker. "I don't know why he lugged in like he did. He seemed to shy away from Perfect Soul, and that complicated matters. It put him on top of heels."

Garret's Gulch enters B.C. Derby

Garret's Gulch, based at Woodbine with trainer Lorne Richards after being purchased privately by owner K.K. Sangara at Saratoga, has been entered in Sunday's British Columbia Derby at Hastings.

A Virginia-bred 3-year-old gelding, Garret's Gulch is slated to leave on Friday morning for the B.C. Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $250,000.

Garret's Gulch is coming off a second-place finish at seven furlongs in a first-level allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 22. Gerry Olguin has the mount Sunday.

La Prevoyante for 'Financing'

Financingavailable, another recent Sangara acquisition, also is slated to make her first start for Richards on Sunday, in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes here.

Heading the prospective field for the La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, is Blonde Executive, who seeks her third consecutive stakes score.

"Blonde Executive will be double tough," said Richards, "but we'll take a shot there and see what happens."

Financingavailable, a winner of 1 of 6 starts and $97,451 for her former owner-trainer, Mark Casse, finished fourth behind Blonde Executive in the Passing Mood, which was run at seven furlongs on yielding turf here July 28.

Her last race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf on Aug. 20, was Financingavailable's longest to date, and she finished third after hitting the front in midstretch.

"She's a decent filly," said Richards. "The beauty with her is she's got those Ontario-sired conditions."

Jim McAleney will ride Financingavailable on Sunday.

Boana works for Flaming Page

Boana worked four furlongs in 48.40 seconds here Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's Flaming Page Stakes. Assistant trainer Rachel Halden was in the irons, and the dogs were well out on a firm turf training course.

The $97,000 Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is not part of the guaranteed stakes program, but it attracted 23 nominees and should pass muster.

Boana, a German-bred 6-year-old owned by Gary Tanaka, joined trainer Roger Attfield's string at Gulfstream last winter and was an impressive winner of a third-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

After finishing on the fringes in three graded stakes at Gulfstream, Boana came north with Attfield but failed to fire when making her local debut in the June 5 Nassau, finishing sixth in that 1 1/16-mile turf feature.

Boana did not resurface until Aug. 28, when she finished seventh in the prep for the Canadian.

"She had the cough that was going around my barn in the middle of summer," said Attfield, "and then her blood didn't come back right."

Emile Ramsammy has the call on Boana for the Flaming Page.

Woodbine simulcast show honored

Woodbine's Thoroughbred simulcast show was named the winner of the 2004 Best Simulcast Production Award during the 12th annual International Simulcast Conference in Miami on Tuesday.

The Woodbine production was judged to be the best of 18 half-hour Thoroughbred and Standardbred simulcast entries.

Sean Pinsonneault, Woodbine's director of wagering operations, accepted the award.