10/08/2007 11:00PM

Injury sends Last Answer into retirement

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last Answer, who had been gearing up for a third try in the Canadian International, has been retired.

"He tore an inside branch suspensory," said Mike Keogh, who trained Last Answer for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz. "It would have happened Saturday, when he was galloping on the training track. I went in to feel his legs Sunday, before he was going to go and train, and that's when we noticed it.

"We ultrasounded it, and it was quite a big tear. It was a good thing we caught it. If he'd gone out and worked on it he definitely would have hurt himself."

A 7-year-old gelding by Langfuhr out of Victorious Answer, Last Answer retires with a record of 6 wins, 10 seconds, 5 thirds, and earnings of $961,922 from 44 starts.

While he had won the Chief Bearhart, an overnight stakes here in 2005, a major stakes score had eluded Last Answer until he registered a front-running victory at 1o1/2 miles on yielding turf in this summer's Grade 2, $700,000 Northern Dancer.

In one frustrating four-race sequence last year, Last Answer was beaten a total of slightly more than a length when second in the Singspiel, Northern Dancer, and Nijinsky, and third in the Sky Classic. He was a Sovereign Award finalist in the male turf category.

"We'll miss him, big-time," said Keogh. "You could do everything with him.

"It's a hard thing to do, what he does, going out to the front in those long races."

Last Answer will be heading to Schickedanz's farm in South Carolina, where he will be turned out to enjoy his retirement along with former stakes-winning stablemates Firm Dancer, Glanmire, and Northern Sky.

Juvenile Turf likely for Globetrotter

Globetrotter, who shipped up from trainer Graham Motion's base in Fair Hill, Md., to capture the Grade 3, $248,150 Grey here Monday, could make his next appearance in a Breeders' Cup race, with the Juvenile Turf perhaps more likely than the Juvenile.

"It might be a more logical spot than going on dirt, which he's never run on before," said Motion. "You could say the same about the turf, but most of the horses who handle synthetic tracks seem to handle the turf very well."

In his only start prior to the Grey, Globetrotter, a Florida-bred 2-year-old colt owned by Earle Mack, had won a six-furlong maiden race over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs under jockey Eddie Martin.

"He always seemed to handle the Tapeta very well, which is what we train on here," said Motion, from Fair Hills on Monday.

After Globetrotter's first success on a synthetic surface, Motion zeroed in on the 1 1/16-mile Grey.

"It kind of seemed like a logical fit," said Motion. "We felt that he'd handle the two turns, and although it was probably ambitious to place him in a stake, we didn't feel like he was that out of line, coming off an impressive maiden win.

"Eddie Martin, when he won on him, was very impressed with him. So, I didn't feel like he was reaching, too much."

Jeremy Rose was in the irons here as Globetrotter overcame a poor start and a slow pace to prevail by a head.

"I thought that all made it a little more impressive," said Motion.

'Jumbo' possible for International

Motion hopes to be represented here in the Canadian International by General Jumbo, a 5-year-old horse who won the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf going 1 1/2 miles at Kentucky Downs in his last start, on Sept. 22.

The Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, will be the highlight of an Oct. 21 card that also includes the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on the grass and the Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic at six furlongs on turf.

Motion also had considered Better Talk Now for the Canadian International but now plans to go to the Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth Park.

"As long as he's doing well, we'd love to run him in the Breeders' Cup," said Motion. "He's 8 years old, and this could be his last chance."

Rosinka, who missed by three-quarters of a length as the runner-up in Belmont's Grade 1 Flower Bowl last time out, is nominated to the E.P. Taylor but is eyeing the BC Filly and Mare Turf.

Motion also has two nominees for the Nearctic but both raced at Keeneland last Saturday, with Rebellion finishing second in the Grade 3 Phoenix on the main track and T.D. Vance eighth in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile.

"It's not out of the realm of possibility that we could run one of them there, but it's coming back a little quick," said Motion.

'Financing' likely to race in 2008

Financingavailable made another healthy deposit to her account with her routine victory here in Sunday's $125,400 Classy 'n Smart Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile Classy 'n Smart was the ninth stakes success for Financingavailable, a 6-year-old mare who is owned by K.K. Sangara and trained by Lorne Richards.

And while Financingavailable has been cataloged for Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, there is a good chance she will be back in the barn here next season.

"She's happy here at the track," said Richards. "As long as she's competitive in those Ontario-sired races and the sales stakes, she'd have a pretty good kick at some decent money. And, we could get some enjoyment out of her, too."

In the meantime, there are four stakes races left for the filly and mare division at this meeting.

The $100,000 River Memories, a one-mile turf race, will be run Oct. 27 with the $125,000 Ontario Fashion at six furlongs on Nov. 3 and the $175,000 Maple Leaf at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 10.

The $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race that Financingavailable won last year, is scheduled for Nov.o25.

Richards seems to be particularly interested in the Maple Leaf, which will be run over a distance that is unknown territory for Financingavailable.

"Personally, I think the further she runs she'll be no worse for it," said Richards. "If she gets the right kind of setup, I think she'd be pretty tough going a mile and a quarter.

"I'm not much of an experimenter, but I don't think it would be much of a stretch for her."

Cup and Saucer candidates work out

Cryptonite Kid and Deputiformer, two of the leading candidates for Sunday's Cup and Saucer, worked over the main track here Tuesday morning.

The $250,000 Cup and Saucer, for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds, will be run at 1 1/16 miles of turf.

Cryptonite Kid, with exercise rider/jockey Schemlin Montoute in the irons, was clocked in 1:02.60 for five furlongs.

Trained by Danny Vella, Cryptonite Kid is coming into the Cup and Saucer off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Summer at one mile on turf here Sept. 16.

Deputiformer, with new rider Jono Jones aboard, breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds.

Trained by Mike DePaulo, Deputiformer finished second, beaten a nose, in a one-mile maiden turf race here Sept. 28.