09/02/2010 1:16PM

Iwillgotothemoon switches back to turf for Vice Regent

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Michael Burns
Trainer Greg De Gannes is uncertain whether to run Mobthewarrior in Sunday's Vice Regent for 3-year-olds or Monday's Halton for older horses.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Iwillgotothemoon was an impressive winner when making his turf debut at 6 1/2 furlongs here at Woodbine for trainer Steve Attard. On Sunday, Iwillgotothemoon will be returning to that surface for the $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

“I’d never worked him, or trained him, on grass,” said Attard. “I just ran him on it, and he loved it.”

Attard, who had watched Iwillgotothemoon score by 4 1/2 lengths in that restricted first-level allowance on July 31, initially had planned to bypass the Vice Regent and sent out the gelding for a third-place finish in a second-level allowance at six furlongs on the main track here Aug. 25.

“I wanted to go in a nonwinners of three,” said Attard, who trains Iwillgotothemoon for owner Sheldon Pettle. “I didn’t want to blow two conditions at the same time, if we were lucky enough to win the stakes.”

While a win in the Vice Regent indeed would knock out both Iwillgotothemoon’s second restricted allowance condition and first open allowance condition, Attard has modified his earlier stance.

“The horse ran really good the other day, and came out of it good,” said Attard.

Iwillgotothemoon, a $10,000 purchase at the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale, also was nominated to Monday’s Halton, the yearling sales stakes over one mile of turf for 3-year-olds and upward.

“The Halton looks like it’s going to be too tough,”” said Attard, who still hopes to be represented in three of the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the Labor Day program.

Decker West, a $30,000 purchase for David Clancy’s Track West Racing,, is eyeing the Musoka, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Danaher, a $5,000 buyback who races for owner Paul O’Brien, is on target for the Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Snow Patches, a $47,000 buyback who races for Black Canyon Thoroughbreds, is bound for the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Decker West has raced just once, finishing seventh in a six-furlong maiden turf race here Aug. 13.

“I ran her on the grass just to get a race into her before the stakes,” said Attard. “She’s training well.”

Danaher is a maiden after four starts but has finished second twice and third once with his most recent outing a third-place finish over six furlongs of turf.

“I think we’ve got a shot,” said Attard. “This will be his first race on Lasix.”

Snow Patches, a homebred 4-year-old, graduated for $20,000 this June but has been on the improve of late, scoring in a $40,000 claimer for nonwinners of two and then finishing third in a first-level allowance with all of those outings coming at the Algoma distance.

“She’s doing fantastic,” said Attard. “I thought we’d give it a shot.”

Which stakes for Mobthewarrior?

Mobthewarrior is slated to make his first start on the grass this weekend for trainer Greg De Gannes and owner Andrew Fredericks. But, whether that turf debut will come in the Vice Regent or the Halton has yet to be decided.

“We plan to enter him in both races, have a look, and go from there,” said De Gannes. “He’s doing well; I’m kind of excited to put him on the grass. Most of the Mobils seem to like it.”

Mobil, a buyback at the yearling sale, numbered three consecutive runnings of the Halton among his many accomplishments and another son, Mobil Unit, will be favored in the Vice Regent.

Mobil Unit is coming off a second-place finish in Fort Erie’s 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes, in which Mobthewarrior ended fifth.

“He’s bounced back off the Prince of Wales, and put back on the weight he lost,” said De Gannes, who sent out Mobthewarrior to work a strong five furlongs in 58.00 seconds on the main track here last Sunday.

“I haven’t worked him on the training turf course. It’s completely different from the main course, and I don’t think it would prove much.”

Officeinthevalley stretches out for turf debut

Trainer Paul Buttigieg continues to enjoy a solid meeting, with 11 wins and 30 in-the-money finishes with 65 starters heading into Saturday’s program, but one thing still missing on his 2010 ledger is a stakes victory.

Buttigieg has come close in two stakes with Gypsy Ring, who finished second in both the Shepperton and Overskate, and will be looking to break through with Officeinthevalley in the Vice Regent..

Bred, owned, and trained by Buttigieg, Officeinthevalley was a 35-1 winner when debuting over five furlongs here April 11.

“He went a little off on me after that,” said Buttigieg, who had watched Officeinthevalley finish out of the money in his next three starts while remaining in Ontario-sired company.

“I gave him a little breather, and brought him back. He’s doing real good now.”

Officeinthevalley returned to winning form in his last start here Aug. 15, capturing a restricted first-level allowance by 2 1/4 lengths while employing the same stalking style which he had displayed in his debut.

That race was at six furlongs, and Officeinthevalley now will be stretching out to a mile and trying turf for the first time in the Vice Regent.

“I never got to work him on the turf, but I don’t think it matters,” said Buttigieg. “If they like the grass, they like the grass. He’s by Peaks and Valleys; he should like it.”

And, the mile doesn’t bother me one bit. I just haven’t had the opportunity to stretch him out.”

Richard Dos Ramos, who has been aboard for each of Officeinthevalley’s five starts and for his five-furlong breeze in 1:02.40 here last Sunday, retains the mount for the Vice Regent.

◗ Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva has been handed a three-day suspension and will be sitting out the Sunday, Monday and Wednesday cards.

Da Silva had finished first in last Sunday’s fourth race aboard Wookinwicked. But, Wookinwicked was disqualified and placed third after the stewards ruled he had drifted out under left-handed urging and interfered with third-place finisher Molinaro Padrino