04/30/2007 12:00AM

Just Rushing rewards patient handling


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Sid Attard refused to rush, and as a result Just Rushing made a successful seasonal debut in last Saturday's $125,000 Vigil here at Woodbine.

Just Rushing was nominated to the $125,000 Jacques Cartier here April 14, but Attard elected to give him more time.

"We took our time getting him ready," said Attard, who has been leading trainer in races won at the past two Woodbine meetings. "He's a funny horse - you have to take your time with him, even when you work him. You have to space his works and races out. Otherwise, he'll fall apart."

Just Rushing, making his first start since finishing fifth in the 1o1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup last Nov. 18, was hooked throughout the seven-furlong Vigil and came again in the closing strides to prevail by a neck over Are You Serious.

"I expected him to run well," said Attard. "I think his best distance now is seven furlongs."

Just Rushing's next suitable stakes target here would be the Grade 3, $150,000 Eclipse, a 1 1/16-mile race on May 21.

"We'll see what happens," said Attard. "After a hard race like this, he might need three or four weeks off."

Just Rushing, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Tucci Stable, won seven consecutive races, including two stakes, during a 2006 campaign in which he earned $301,856.

Jiggs Coz seems set for Queenston

Just Rushing, an Ontario-bred, was the second stakes winner of the year for Attard. The trainer sent out Like Mom Like Sons, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old, to win the six-furlong Woodstock here one week earlier.

And, Attard will be looking to continue his early-season stakes roll with Jiggs Coz in this Saturday's $150,000 Queenston.

Jiggs Coz will be making his seasonal bow in the Queenston, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds which is a stepping-stone to the $1 million Queen's Plate here June 24.

"He's doing very well," said Attard, who sent out Jiggs Coz to work six furlongs in 1:16.60 here last Saturday. "He's had lots of works."

Dancer's Bajan, second to Like Mom Like Sons in the Woodstock, will be looking to give trainer Bob Tiller his first stakes victory of the year in the Queenston.

Are You Serious may try a route

Tiller also trains Are You Serious, who was a game second to Just Rushing in the Vigil.

"I thought it was a super performance," said Tiller, who is the leading trainer at the meeting with eight victories. "I don't think he gets a lot of credit. He just got beat by, probably, a better horse on the wire."

Are You Serious, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Monty Muthulingham, had finished second when opening up his campaign in the five-furlong prep for the Jacques Cartier here March 31 and then finished third in the Jacques Cartier itself.

"We'll nominate him to the Eclipse," said Tiller. "He's already had three starts this year, so we're not in any panic. I always thought the horse would go longer."

Are You Serious has yet to race beyond 7 1/2 furlongs, but his two efforts at that distance, a win in the Bold Venture and a second-place in allowance company, did come around two turns on the inner track here last summer.

High Volt Jolt claimed for stakes

Trainer Reade Baker and Danny Dion's Bear Stable acquired what they hope is a ready-made runner for the Eclipse when they claimed the consistent High Volt Jolt for $77,500 from Sunday's third race.

High Volt Jolt, a 7-year-old gelding, finished third in his seasonal debut in the 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer. He was trained by Sid Attard and owned the Tucci Stable of Carlo and Lou Tucci.

Attard and the Tuccis had claimed High Volt Jolt for $62,500 here last May and watched him win 3 of 6 starts through the balance of the season.

Through a career of 26 races, High Volt Jolt has compiled a record of 9-8-2 for earnings of $518,207.

Vestrey Lady waiting for Nassau

Vestrey Lady, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Baker here last Saturday, is being pointed for the Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares here June 2.

"She doesn't seem to like this 2007 Polytrack," said Baker.

Last year, Vestrey Lady won the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette in her first start over the surface here last September.

Vestrey Lady, a 4-year-old filly owned by Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranches, finished fourth as the odds-on choice in her local seasonal bow in the Grade 3 Whimsical over six furlongs here April 15.

Da Silva off to good start

Eurico Rosa da Silva recorded his second triple of the young season here last Friday and added one win on Saturday to bring his total 10, good for third place into the standings heading into the first four-day week of the meeting.

I Can, whom Da Silva rode to a second straight win on Saturday, also represented the first official winner for Ashlee Brnjas, who had taken over as private trainer for the Colebrook Farm of her father, John Brnjas, one week earlier.

Emile Ramsammy, who rode one winner on Saturday and registered his second three-bagger of the meeting here Sunday, leads the jockey standings with 13 wins.