11/06/2001 12:00AM

Kimberlite Pipe skips Autumn Cap to rest for next year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kimberlite Pipe, who had been expected to add some sizzle to Saturday's Autumn Handicap at Woodbine, will not see action again this season.

"He's gone home," said trainer Mike Wright Jr., noting that Kimberlite Pipe is in good order but already has raced 11 times this year and will be freshened up at nearby Huntington Stud Farm. "He'll start training in February in Maryland, and be ready for opening week here next year."

Kimberlite Pipe, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old owned by Prairie Star Racing Stable and John Gunther, was sent to Wright this spring and quickly established himself as one of the more talented turf performers on the grounds.

Although his two wins on the grass here came in a classified allowance races, Kimberlite Pipe finished third in a division of the Connaught Cup and second in the King Edward Cup and was beaten just four lengths as the eighth-place finisher despite a tight trip from the rail in the Atto Mile.

Kimberlite Pipe then ran perhaps his best race of the year in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, where he finished 1 1/4 lengths back in fifth after battling throughout a mile on yielding turf. While Kelso winner Forbidden Apple came back to run second in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Kimberlite Pipe returned to his home base and was a game winner of the Autumn prep in his first start on Woodbine's main track.

"He's just as good on dirt," said Wright, who has no particular plans but plenty of options with Kimberlite Pipe in 2002.

Boston Twist tries to rebound

Boston Twist breezed four furlongs in 48.60 seconds on a fast training track under regular rider Gary Boulanger here Tuesday and will be looking to get back on target in Sunday's $100,000 Glorious Song Stakes.

Owned by William Schettine and trained by Josie Carroll, Boston Twist had put together impressive back-to-back victories here at five and six furlongs before journeying to Keeneland for the Grade 2 Alcibiades, a 1 1/16-mile race in which she finished a faltering ninth.

"She seemed to struggle with the surface," said Carroll. "And it was her first time going two turns - it might have been that, too."

The Glorious Song is a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Jade Eyed retired

Jade Eyed, owned and bred by Stronach Stable and among the nominees for the Glorious Song, has been retired.

"We'd been planning on running her in the South Ocean," said trainer Kevin Attard, referring to the Oct. 31 stakes for Ontario-sired fillies, "but I wasn't 100 percent happy with her. We took some X-rays, and she'd come up with a chip in her knee."

A Florida-bred daughter of Friendly Lover and Jade Cat, Jade Eyed debuted successfully for $80,000 here June 12 and was the first winner for Attard, who late this spring took over as trainer of Stronach's Ontario-based 2-year-olds, a role that he now shares with Roger Attfield.

Jade Eyed also gave her young trainer his first stakes win when she won the July 28 Nandi in her second start and, after finishing fifth in the Critical Miss at Philadelphia Park, was beaten a neck here as the runner-up in the Victorian Queen. She retires with earnings of $128,255.

Susan Gracey out with ankle injury

Susan Gracey, a very impressive winner of her debut here Oct. 6, also will be missing from the Glorious Song lineup. "She wrenched an ankle," said Phil Gracey, who trains Susan Gracey for the O'Cainon Stable of Dr. Tom Keenan. "She might be done for the year."

Susan Gracey, bred in Ontario by her owner, scored by 13 1/4 lengths in her first lifetime start at six furlongs and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85, which would have been tops in the Glorious Song lineup. She is by Olympio out of the Cutlass mare Slicing.

Better spot for Thank You Sir

Thank You Sir, who has competed with mixed results in recent restricted stakes, should be favored in Thursday's featured ninth race, a 1 1/16-mile preliminary allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Thank You Sir, a son of Regal Classic trained by Reade Baker, won his maiden with ease over $50,000 opposition in his third start of the meet on Aug. 22. He ran by far his best race when second a month later in the 1 1/16-mile H.J. Addison Jr. Stakes, in which he stalked a slow pace and gave way grudgingly in the drive to the more accomplished Bold n' Fancy.

Thank You Sir was made the 3-1 second choice behind Devil Valentine last time in the seven-furlong Deputy Minister Stakes, but disappointed. He had no early speed and never got into the hunt, ending up 9 1/2 lengths behind Devil Valentine in fifth.

Thank You Sir moves back out to his favorite distance Thursday, and should be a key atop numerous triactor and superfecta tickets. Regular rider Jono Jones has the call.

Completing the ninth-race lineup will be Delray Sam, Jimmy's Prize, Sovereign Attire, Alfaari Gold, Summersville, I And I, Jubalani, and Latino Americano.

* Streakin Rob, upset winner of the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity in his last start, worked five furlongs in 1:00 with Boulanger aboard Tuesday and is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000 Display Stakes here Nov. 17. "We weren't looking for anything major; he was fairly comfortable," said Jim Day, who trains Streakin Rob for Rob Cudney and Allan Kent. "He's feeling pretty good at this point. I'm starting to get pretty excited about this horse."

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink