08/13/2010 1:25PM

Impossible Time has faced tougher


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Impossible Time will be the prohibitive favorite in Sunday’s $125,000 Victoriana Stakes, and justifiably so, since she’s been facing much tougher company than she will be in 1 1/16-mile turf route for Ontario-sired females at Woodbine.

Impossible Time won her first stakes going six furlongs on the Polytrack against Ontario-sired foes in the May 22 Ballade, for which she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89. She didn’t have the smoothest of trips while trying the turf for the first time June 19 in the seven-furlong Zadracarta Stakes, yet managed to rally for second behind the front-running Moonlit Beauty.

Most recently in an optional claimer on the grass, Impossible Time raced in tight quarters early in the stretch before bullying her way through en route to two-length score over Sugar Bay, the troubled favorite.

Trainer Roger Attfield said the 1 1/16-mile distance of Impossible Time’s last race is ideal for her.

“I think it’s better for her, in the long run,” Attfield explained. “With her pedigree, it should be better for her than running in sprints have been.”

Impossible Time breezed five-eighths in 59.80 seconds over the turf training course last Sunday, much to the delight of Attfield.

“She worked very, very well,” said Attfield. “She’s doing super.”

Jono Jones will ride Impossible Time, who was supplemented at a cost of $2,500.

Trainer Earl Barnett entered San Nicola Whiskey and You Will Love Me in the Victoriana.

San Nicola Whiskey, last year’s 10-1 winner of the Victoriana, finished sixth in each off her three outings this year, all in second-level allowance/optional-claiming company.

“She ran about the same in all three races,” said Barnett. “She’s just not quite getting there. She likes to be fresh, so we just trained her right into this one.”

You Will Love Me, a five-time stakes winner, captured the 2008 Victoriana, and wound up second in last year’s edition.

You Will Love Me was a distant fourth behind Tasty Temptation, Milwaukee Appeal and next-out stakes winner La Rocca in her lone start this year on Polytrack in the June 20 Hill ‘n’ Dale Stakes.

“She’s only run the one time, but that was a tough spot,” said Barnett. “She’s worked very well since. She’s older now, so we just decided to train her into this one.”

Desire and Fire led throughout an Ontario-sired allowance on the grass in her next-to-last outing.