07/22/2008 11:00PM

Jambayala nears return to training


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jambalaya, whose comeback was put on hold recently, should be ready to resume training later next week.

A 6-year-old gelding who is trained by Catherine Day Phillips, Jambalaya last saw action when he won the Grade 1 Arlington Million last Aug. 11.

Sidelined by a deep bone bruise in his right front foot while preparing for an appearance in Belmont's Turf Classic Invitational, Jambalaya had a recurrence of that injury when he was training in Florida over the winter, and had just recorded his first breeze back here in June when a new problem surfaced.

"It's a muscle injury, a tear in his right hind hamstring," said Day Phillips, who also is a co-owner of Jambalaya under her family's nom du course of Kingfield Racing Stable.

"We shock-waved it and gave it a little bit of time to heal. He's pretty sound, and looks like he could go out there right now, but I'm being cautious."

Snow Delicious on for Wonder Where

Snow Delicious will be making her second start for Day Phillips in Saturday's $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race that is the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Her first four races came in California this year, and she won twice in the upper claiming ranks, including a tally for $62,500 over one mile on turf, Snow Delicious was purchased privately and transferred to Day Phillips here at Woodbine.

In her debut for her new owners, the Cardinal Stable of Ohio-based orthopedic surgeons Joel Politi and Jonathan Feibel, Snow Delicious finished last of seven in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City, the second leg of the triple tiara.

"She flipped her palate, and that didn't help her situation," said Day Phillips, who has made some equipment changes to address the problem.

Richard Dos Ramos has picked up the mount on Snow Delicious, who tuned up for the Wonder Where with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.60 on the training turf course here last Friday.

Initforreal back for third leg

Initforreal, who finished fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and fifth in the Bison City, will complete her perfect attendance record for the triple tiara series when she tries turf for the first time in the Wonder Where.

"I would have liked to work her on the turf the weekend gone, or the weekend before," said trainer Arthur Silvera, noting that turf training track sessions had been washed out the past two Sundays and he moved Intforreal's works to the main track. "But, she did work very well on turf last year."

In that drill, Initforreal outworked a 2-year-old male stablemate, Discreet Commander, who went on to win a stakes.

Initforreal will be one of four fillies in the 12-horse Wonder Where who will be making their turf debuts, and all but one in the field will be trying the 1 1/4-mile distance for the first time.

"It just seems like a wide-open contest, and it's a matter of who will like the turf or like the distance," said Silvera. "I'm not worried about the distance. I'm just hoping she brings her game to the turf course. If she does, she'll be a solid competitor."

Constant Montpellier, who has ridden Initforreal in each of her 11 outings, will be back aboard for the Wonder Where.

Discreet Commander pointed west

Discreet Commander, the juvenile who worked with Initforreal, disappointed on turf in his debut last August, but wrapped up his first campaign with an upset victory in the 1 1/16-mile Display on the main track.

"As a 2-year-old, I thought Discreet Commander was an exceptional grass horse before he ran," said Silvera. "That's why I started him on the turf to begin with."

A Kentucky-bred, Discreet Commander has raced in stakes in each of his five outings this season and recorded consecutive third-place finishes in the 1 1/16-mile Marine, the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park, and the Charlie Barley over one mile on turf. In his last start, in the Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles on turf, Discreet Commander finished a rather flat fourth.

"After his last race, I've given him a little break," said Silvera. "I kicked him out on the farm for a little while.

"I'm going to resume training with him very soon, and we're going to point for the Canadian Derby in Edmonton."

The Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race at Northlands Park on Aug. 23, is an open race for 3-year-olds that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $300,000.

Montpellier, who has been Discreet Commander's regular rider since they first teamed up in the Display, is scheduled to make the trip west.

In 2002, Montpellier won the Canadian Derby with Lady Shari, a filly who was trained here by Dave Cotey.

Gate work for Palladio

Palladio worked four furlongs from the gate in 49.60 seconds under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos here Wednesday morning and is slated to make his seasonal bow in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Seagram Cup at 1 1/16 miles.

"I just wanted him to go out of the gate. He's been a little bit funny out of the gate before," said Roger Attfield, who trains Palladio for Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

Palladio has not seen action since finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Autumn over 1 1/16 miles here last Nov. 17. A 6-year-old Florida-bred, Palladio suffered a setback while training at Payson Park this winter, which put him behind schedule this season.

"It would have been nice to have a little more time, maybe another work," said Attfield. "But he's doing fine."

Memorial set for Gardiner

A memorial service for Helen Gardiner will be held Monday at St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, in downtown Toronto.

She died at age 70 on Tuesday at her Gardiner Farm home following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gardiner and her late husband, George Gardiner, were the owners and operators of Gardiner Farm, a longtime major player in the Ontario racing and breeding industries.