07/09/2007 11:00PM

Hurting in Plate, Jiggs Coz ready for Wales


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - All the talk was about Jiggs Coz heading into the June 24 Queen's Plate here at Woodbine, but the colt seemed curiously flat while finishing third as the favorite.

It turns out there may have been a valid excuse for that effort, and Jiggs Coz will be out to redeem himself in Sunday's Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

Dr. John Chris, who performs the veterinary duties for trainer Sid Attard, discovered a couple of mornings after the Queen's Plate that Jiggs Coz had "popped a curb," a term describing inflammation in a plantar ligament, which is the large ligament below and behind the hock joint.

"I think it might have started a little bit before the Plate, and he felt it good in the race," said Attard.

On June 28, Chris treated Jiggs Coz via cryotherapy, which basically is the application of extreme cold to the affected area.

"You're actually freezing skin to death," said Chris. "You put a very cold applicator on the skin, over the curb. In his case, it's a strained plantar ligament, a very mild one. He wasn't lame. It wasn't very tender to the touch, either.

"You're trying to bring circulation to the area, and heal it up."

Jiggs Coz was back at the track on the Sunday following the Queen's Plate, and Attard, noting that Jiggs Coz would have done nothing more than walk the shed row for two or three days after the race, believes the training lost is not significant.

"I don't think he's lost anything in fitness," said Attard. "He just ran a mile and a quarter."

Jiggs Coz breezed for the Prince of Wales here Monday, going six furlongs on 1:13 on the training track.

The $500,000 Prince of Wales, which was to be drawn on Wednesday, was expected to go with a field of five, four of whom are based at Woodbine.

Alezzandro, trained by Kevin Attard, is spending the week at Fort Erie, while Jiggs Coz and Marchfield are slated to ship on race day. Daaher, training at Saratoga, is scheduled to arrive at Fort Erie on Saturday.

Baker here, there, everywhere

Trainer Reade Baker plans to be active in three stakes this weekend, with Kuma in the Toronto Cup here Saturday, Bear Now and Veyana at Delaware Park the same afternoon, and Bosskiri and Fire Rock in supporting features on the Prince of Wales program.

Kuma, who races for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, will have to be supplemented to the $150,000 Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Unbridled's Song, Kuma will make his turf debut in the Toronto Cup and is coming off an impressive win in a "B" maiden special at 1 1/16 miles.

"We'll find out how he likes the grass," said Baker, who holds Kuma in high regard. He ran the colt in the Grade 3 Marine in his second start. Kuma raced greenly and finished last of eight that day.

"I still think he's a good horse," Baker said. "I think he'll get better as he gets older and mentally more mature."

Kuma originally was scheduled to go with Bear Now and Veyana to Delaware but Baker reconsidered.

"He's a big, tough colt," said Baker, who sent out Kuma to work five furlongs in 1:00.20 here Saturday. "I don't know how good a shipper he'd be."

Emile Ramsammy rode Kuma to his maiden score but will be at Delaware Park to ride Bear Now and Veyana. Jerry Baird picks up the mount on Kuma.

Bear Now gets fresh start

Bear Now, who has a new lease on life since discovering two-turn racing here this spring, has been entered in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, a $500,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

A Kentucky-bred who also is owned by Dion, Bear Now crushed fellow 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles in the Selene and came back to trounced fillies and mares in the 1o1/16-mile Hill 'N' Dale.

"She's doing super," said Baker, who sent out Bear Now to breeze six furlongs in 1:11 here on Saturday.

Veyana is entered in the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap, a turf race for fillies and mares whose lengthy name suits its 1 3/8-mile distance.

The 4-year-old Veyana made two starts in California for Julio Canani after campaigning in Europe at ages 2 and 3.

"I've had her for about three weeks," said Baker.

Veyana breeze five furlongs in 1:02 over the training track turf course here last Sunday morning.

"She's not complicated at all," he said. "She can be moody; she needs her blinkers on.

"Obviously, she's bred to do just what we're going to try and do with her, go a mile and three-eighths on the turf."

Veyana made her last start for Canani at that distance, finishing second in the Yerba Buena at Golden Gate on June 9.

Bosskiri, Fire Rock face 'firsts'

Bosskiri will be looking for her first win of the season in Fort Erie's Ernie Samuel Memorial for fillies and mares.

The 3-year-old Fire Rock will be facing older horses and making his turf debut in the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial.

The Samuel Memorial and the Wells Memorial both are $50,000 races scheduled for five furlongs on turf.