11/05/2007 12:00AM

Kesagami shows potential

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Owner-breeder Mel Lawson's dreams of winning a Queen's Plate were put on hold when Jiggs Coz came up short as the favorite here in June.

But Lawson may not have to wait long for his next attempt as Kesagami, another homebred who races under the banner of his Jim Dandy Stable, established himself as a serious hopeful for next year's Queen's Plate with his victory in Sunday's Coronation Futurity.

Kesagami, who like Jiggs Coz is trained by Sid Attard, was making his third career start in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

"He bucked shins a little bit, and we took our time with him," said Attard, who sent Kesgami to the post for the first time on Sept. 21. "We never stopped on him; we were just going nice and easy."

Attard believes Kesagami could have won his seven-furlong debut had it not been for a poor beginning.

"He just walked out of the gate," Attard said.

But there were no such problems for his second appearance as Kesagami was away alertly in another seven-furlong maiden race and came on for a comfortable victory.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who had ridden Kesagami that day, also is the regular rider of Cool Gator, who ended second as the Coronation Futurity favorite.

That left the mount on Kesagami open for Patrick Husbands, who backed down the pace and led every step of the way in the Coronation en route to a 1 1/4-length victory.

"Patrick had worked him a few times, and he loved him," Attard said.

Lawson said Kesagami had been highly regarded by his connections on the farm in Kentucky even before he came north to Woodbine this spring.

"They were crazy about him," Lawson said.

Kesagami, who is by Carson City, is the second major stakes winner out of the mare Gleaming Glory.

The first was Ginger Gold, a winner of more than $1 million and Canada's champion 2-year-old filly in 2001 for Lawson and Attard.

Looking to join that short list will be Forever Gleaming, a yearling colt by Cape Canaveral who is currently in Kentucky.

Lawson noted that Gleaming Glory had been booked back to Carson City, but that stallion died on Dec. 24, 2004.

The $125,000 Display, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds here Nov. 24, would be the next logical target for Kesagami if the colt runs again this season.

"We'll just see how he comes back from this race," Attard said.

Jiggs Coz, who had finished third when making just his second career appearance in last year's Coronation Futurity, went on to win the Display in his last start as a 2-year-old.

In his first two starts here this spring, Jiggs Coz won the seven-furlong Queenston and the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial.

Following his respectable third-place finish in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, Jiggs Coz continued on the Canadian Triple Crown trail with a second-place finish in Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales.

But Jiggs Coz was sent to Kentucky for season-ending ankle surgery following the Prince of Wales.

"He's doing very well now," Lawson said. "He'll start getting ready in Kentucky and should be back here next year."

Financingavailable staying on track

Financingavailable, a 6-year-old Ontario-sired mare, was in the catalog for Monday's first day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, consigned by Three Chimneys as agent for owner K.K. Sangara.

But unfortunately for her rivals here, Financingavailable was going about her business in last Saturday's Ontario Fashion and won't be near any sales rings for at least another season.

"It's not like she has great value as a broodmare," said Lorne Richards, who privately acquired Financingavailable for Sangara here in the summer of 2004. "She's not going to be worth $100,000 or $200,000 less, if she races another year."

And, Financingavailable certainly knows how to bank money on the racetrack, as her victory in the $174,000 Ontario Fashion brought her 2007 ledger to $457,940 from 5 wins and 2 seconds in 7 starts.

Last year, when she was voted Canada's champion filly or mare, Financingavailable recorded 5 wins and 3 seconds from 8 starts while pocketing $490,000.

"You don't often get to see a good horse put together two or three big seasons," Richards said. "We like having her around the barn. The horse seems happy, and we get a lot of enjoyment out of her. If I ever thought she was going to take a step backward, I wouldn't run her."

Financingavailable doesn't seem to go in any direction but up, as she dominated the six-furlong Ontario Fashion with a two-length victory under regular rider Jim McAleney.

"When Jimmy came back to the barn, he said he thought it was the best race she's ever run," Richards said. "He wanted to wait longer, but felt he had so much horse he could go on and not have to worry about it."

Financingavailable is scheduled to make her last appearance of the season in the $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 25.

And while Financingavailable could add to her case for a second straight divisional title in that race, she faces a potential stumbling block in the form of Monashee, who is slated to make her local debut in Saturday's $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares.

Based in Vancouver with trainer Tracy McCarthy, Monashee is undefeated in a seven-start, all-stakes campaign this season with five wins at Hastings and two at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Monashee worked over Woodbine's Polytrack surface for the first time on Saturday, going five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 seconds and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 under jockey Justin Stein.

"It's like a dream come true, having her come out here," said Stein, who moved his tack here from Hastings in fall 2005 after riding Monashee through a 3-year-old campaign that included wins in the Grade 3 British Columbia Oaks and Grade 3 Ballerina.