05/21/2008 12:00AM

Kentucky Bear targets Colonial Cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kentucky Bear is settling in at Woodbine following his sixth-place finish in last Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico.

After enduring a trip that merited adjectives including "nightmarish" and "brutal," Kentucky Bear turned out to have an even greater problem that was not visible to the naked eye.

"He got a cut on his leg," said Reade Baker, who trains Kentucky Bear for owner Danny Dion.

"Someone stepped on his hind shoe and bent it down and in, over an inch. I don't know how he ran on that. I don't even know how he could walk on it."

Kentucky Bear's next major target is the Grade 3, $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup, a 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds on June 21 at Colonial Downs in Virginia.

Bear Now okay after surgery

Bear Now, who finished third for Baker and Dion in the Grade 2 Allaire duPont Distaff on the Preakness undercard, suffered an entrapped epiglottis and underwent corrective surgery at Cornell University on Wednesday morning.

"Everything went very well," said Baker, noting that the operation was performed by the renowned Dr. Norm Ducharme at the Ithaca, N.Y., facility.

"She should be back here Thursday or Friday, and back galloping in two weeks. I was hoping to make the Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs with her, but I don't know if I can do that."

The Grade 2, $300,000 Fleur de Lis, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, will be run on June 14.

Disfunction gives his trainer a boost

Disfunction, a 4-year-old gelding who had debuted with a successful effort at the $20,000 level here last September, gave trainer Julia Carey her first stakes win in Monday's $153,700 Vigil.

"At the beginning of the year, I'd said I was hoping to win a stakes," said Carey, who conditions Disfunction for owners Joe Doi and Sheila We. "Now that I have, I can't believe it."

Disfunction, making his stakes debut, actually made plenty of believers, stalking a blazing pace and rallying for a three-quarter-length victory.

"I was hoping he wouldn't get into a speed duel," said Carey. "It's different with cheaper horses, but with these kind of horses . . ."

Carey is unsure of her next move with Disfunction, who wintered at Gulfstream Park.

"He's been going nonstop since last year," said Carey. "He deserves a little bit of a break."

With no main-track stakes sprint for older horses on the immediate horizon, Carey may be forced to look at trying Disfunction on turf or around two turns.

"You hate to change too much when he's doing so well," said Carey. "But, we've got nothing to lose by trying different things."

Peter and Zoe back racing

Carey also is hoping for good things from Peter and Zoe, a 5-year-old gelding she trains for Gerald Martin.

Peter and Zoe, who began his career in California, captured a first-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles on turf in his first start for Carey here last June.

But almost 11 months had elapsed when Peter and Zoe reappeared here last Sunday, finishing third in a second-level allowance that was taken off the turf and run over a mile and 70 yards of Polytrack.

"He's fragile, but he's a very classy, beautiful horse," said Carey. "He wants to go farther as well."

Attfield unhappy with Not Bourbon work

Trainer Roger Attfield, who is pointing Not Bourbon for the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 1, was far from pleased with the colt's workout here Wednesday morning.

With regular rider Jono Jones in the irons, Not Bourbon was clocked in 1:45 over one mile on the main track.

"It didn't work out out the way it was supposed to work out," said Attfield. "He started out behind another horse that was supposed to work a half-mile in about 50 but went much too fast. And by the time two other horses picked him up later he was done.

"It wasn't very pretty; I wasn't very happy with myself. I didn't learn a whole lot from it. I know he displaced [his palate] a little, too, and that didn't help."

Attfield wanted a strong workout from Not Bourbon, who will be trying two turns for the first time in the Plate Trial.

Not Bourbon, owned and bred by Charles Fipke, was an impressive winner of the seven-furlong Queenston in his last start here May 3.

San Souci Island works for Nassau

San Souci Island, a 4-year-old filly whom Attfield trains for owner and co-breeder Bill Graham, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the turf training track here Wednesday.

Emma-Jayne Wilson was aboard Sans Souci Island, who is aiming for the Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares here May 31.

Sans Souci Island, an Ontario-foaled 4-year-old filly, became a stakes winner in the Carotene at 1 1/8 miles on turf here last October.

In her 2008 debut, which was her first start on a surface other than turf, Sans Souci Island finished fifth in an open 1 1/16-mile allowance here May 9.

Her stablemate Callwood Dancer, an Irish-bred 4-year-old who races for owner Dick Bonnycastle, won that race and also is headed for the Nassau.

O'Brien, Olguin set to return

Apprentice jockey Catherine O'Brien, who injured her back while galloping horses in Florida this winter, will make her first appearance of the meeting here Friday.

O'Brien, 28, is named on Cats Are Tricky and La Bonita Uno, both trained by David Cross.

Last year, O'Brien won 23 races here and another 17 at Fort Erie in her first full campaign. Her mounts earned more than $1.2 million.

O'Brien is represented by agent Ron Burke.

Gerry Olguin, a 35-year-old journeyman, also is scheduled to return to action here Friday with a pair of mounts, including Prince Atlantis in the afternoon's feature.

Olguin, who is represented by agent Ken Zweig, has not ridden since April 20 after breaking his collarbone when he was struck by a car in one of the parking lots here.