08/29/2006 11:00PM

Kharlamov heads field of 10 on Polytrack

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Entries picked up sharply for the second Polytrack card here at Woodbine on Friday, with a total of 59 horses entered in the six races on the new surface and another 40 in three turf races.

Wednesday's opening-night Polytrack program consisted of just seven races, with a total of 63 entrants, including 14 for the one turf race.

Friday's feature, a $66,800 second-level allowance with a $62,500 optional claiming clause, attracted a field of 10.

Kharlamov, who is coming off an impressive victory at this level at five furlongs on the inner track, could encounter another favorable pace setup in Friday's six-furlong race.

"Visually, his last race was awesome," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Kharlamov for owners Mario Forgione and Lou Donato. "He slingshotted off the turn, and away he went."

Kharlamov's rivals include Verne's Baby, who won the seven-furlong Queenston here last year but who will be making his first start since May 13.

Archeress in off tough trip

DePaulo also has a candidate for Friday's supporting feature - Archeress, who is among a full field of fillies and mares for a first-level allowance at seven furlongs on turf.

Archeress is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here July 26.

"She was boxed in most of the race," said DePaulo.

Shillelagh Slew, Edenwold back home

Shillelagh Slew, winner of the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby for DePaulo and owner David James at Northlands Park on Saturday, checked back into Woodbine early Wednesday morning along with Edenwold, who finished fourth in the 1 3/8-mile race.

Edenwold captured the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at Woodbine. Shillelagh Slew won Fort Erie's Prince of Wales, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, via a disqualification, which has been appealed to the Ontario Racing Commission.

"He's doing great," DePaulo said of Shillelagh Slew. "He's really settled down, more laid back than he used to be."

The Grade 3, $200,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds here Oct. 1, is Shillelagh Slew's next target.

"I would have liked to have had another week or two, so we'll see what happens," said DePaulo.

Meanwhile, trainer Josie Carroll said Edenwold had emerged from the Canadian Derby in good order.

"I think he ran his race; he just didn't get the mile and three-eighths," said Carroll, who trains Edenwold for Jim and Alice Sapara. "We'll let him get over this race, then see where we're going from there."

Baker barn loaded for big weekend

Reade Baker, who headed into the week atop the trainer standings in races won, money earned, and stakes won, will have plenty of opportunities to add to that total over this long weekend.

Baker, with eight stakes scores to his credit, plans to run horses in no fewer than seven stakes at Woodbine over the weekend, begisnning with Devil's Bride in Saturday's $125,000 Ontario Colleen.

Devil's Bride, owned and bred by James and Janeane Everatt, will be racing beyond six furlongs and trying turf for the first time in the Ontario Colleen, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Making Devil's Bride's presence in the Ontario Colleen all the more intriguing is the fact that she raced just last Saturday, winning a five-furlong allowance for nonwinners of three under regular rider Jim McAleney.

"I haven't really trained her hard for quite a while," said Baker. "She kept going into races that never went, here and at Saratoga, and ended up not being a fit horse the other day.

"That's not the way we wanted to ride her, either, but going five furlongs on the inner track you had to be prominent early. I don't think the mile will be a problem."

Baker plans to be at Saratoga on Saturday to saddle Judiths Wild Rush in the Grade 1, $250,000 Forego at seven furlongs.

Kent Desormeaux retains the mount on Judiths Wild Rush, who will be making his second trip to Saratoga this summer; he was the runner-up in the Grade 2 Vanderbilt at six furlongs on Aug. 12.

Atlas Shrugs tries the turf

On Sunday, Baker plans to send out Atlas Shrugs here in the $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Atlas Shrugs, owned by Bud Roberts and John Pepper, also will be trying turf for the first time, and making his first start since finishing a distant seventh in the June 25 Queen's Plate.

"He went home for a holiday, but he's had three works since he came back," said Baker, who watched Atlas Shrugs drill seven furlongs in 1:30 on the first day of Polytrack training here Sunday.

"His last work was a good work, not great," he said. "I wish I would have had a prep race with him. The distance should be good, but I don't think he'd want to go any farther."

Atlas Shrugs won the six-furlong Woodstock and seven-furlong Queenston in his first two starts at Woodbine this spring.

Toothemoonandback, who has contributed two stakes scores to Baker's ledger by capturing the Bold Ruckus at six furlongs on the turf and the Achievement at six furlongs on the former dirt track, had been scheduled to run in the Vice Regent but is out for the rest of the season.

In Toothemoonandback's last race, the 7 1/2-furlong Deputy Minister, his rally fell short by just a head after he blew the first turn.

"He got hurt in his last start, on the inner track," said Baker. "He came out jarred up, all over. This was going to be his last start of the year either way."

Four more from Baker barn

Baker intends to fire his other stakes bullets here Monday, with candidates for four of the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the Labor Day program.

Bold Isabella and Stuck Up Miss are on target for the Muskoka, at 6 1/2-furlongs for 2-year-old fillies, while Backgammon is ready to roll for the Simcoe, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Ruckus in the Bay is to go in the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, and Ever So Free is bound for the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings.