07/05/2005 11:00PM

King of Jazz passes Prince of Wales

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - King of Jazz, second to Wild Desert here in the $1 million Queen's Plate on June 26, will not be returning to Canada for the $500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on July 17.

"Physically, he's fine," said assistant trainer Ian Wilkes, who saddled King of Jazz for the Plate. "He's just a little knocked out from that race, and the next one is just coming back a little too quickly for him. We're thinking in terms of the long haul. That's what we've done so far. We've done what's best for him."

A Kentucky-based horse trained by Carl Nafzger, King of Jazz made his stakes debut in the Plate. Wilkes said King of Jazz could resurface later this month but no definite plans have been set.

"We'll probably try him against the big boys at some point; maybe he'll match up against them," said Wilkes. "He's improving."

Wild Desert, who shipped to Saratoga after winning the Plate, is scheduled to contest the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, which follows the Queen's Plate as the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown. Patrick Valenzuela, who rode Wild Desert in the Plate, again has the call.

Plate also-rans to try again

Ablo and Granique, the fifth- and sixth-place finishers in the Plate, both worked five furlongs on the fast training track here Wednesday and are heading for the Prince of Wales.

Ablo breezed in 1:00.60 under regular rider Gerry Olguin, who has the mount for the Wales.

"It was a decent work for him," said trainer Roger Attfield. "He's in good shape."

Granique went in a leisurely 1:04.80 under apprentice jockey Corey Fraser, who rode the colt for the first time in the Plate and has the mount again at Fort Erie.

"He just kind of loafs around the track when he's by himself," said trainer Alec Fehr. "That's all we wanted, anyway."

Welcome Again eyes Canada debut

Welcome Again, a maiden owned by Stronach Stable, worked six furlongs on the main track in 1:16.60 here Wednesday and could make his Canadian debut in the Prince of Wales.

"They didn't work that quick, but it looked like a good work," said Brian Lynch, assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel, noting that Welcome Again had worked in company with stablemate Symmetron, who was clocked in 1:15.80.

A gelding by Awesome Again, Welcome Again started five times in California, with four of those outings coming on turf. In his lone main track try, which came in an off-the-turf race over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita, Welcome Again finished fourth.

"It looks like he'll love the [Prince of Wales] distance," said Lynch.

Welcome Again has not seen action since April 17 but has been appearing regularly on the work tab here.

Out From Africa OK for second leg

Out From Africa, who passed on the Plate after finishing fourth but placing third via disqualification in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 5, vanned down to Fort Erie on Wednesday to prep for the Prince of Wales.

Under jockey Jono Jones, who has picked up the mount for the Prince of Wales, Out From Africa worked a mile in 1:43.40 over a muddy track.

"The track was greasy, and the dogs were out in the middle of the track," said trainer John Ross. "He finished up real good."

Ross said he plans to have a second Prince of Wales entrant in Stephen's Gift, an impressive winner of a 1 1/16-mile maiden special in his last start here July 2.

That was the third career start for Stephen's Gift, who had finished second in his 1 1/16-mile debut here May 27 and fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park two weeks later.

"We're going to give it a go," said Ross. "He's getting better and better."

Steven Bahen has picked up the mount on Stephen's Gift for the Prince of Wales.

Get Down needs time to recover

Get Down, who was third in the Plate Trial and eighth in the Queen's Plate, is passing on the Prince of Wales by design rather than necessity.

"That race just knocked the heck out of him," said trainer Nancy Triola of the Plate. "I have to get him back on his feet."

Triola said she could breeze Get Down on the turf in order to get a line on his prospects for the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The Breeders' will be run over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Aug. 7.

Mona Rose works for Dance Smartly

Mona Rose breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the turf training track Wednesday in preparation for the Grade 3, $300,000 Dance Smartly Handicap here July 16.

Mona Rose would be making just her second start of the season and looking to repeat her victory last year in the Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Her first 2005 outing came in the Grade 2 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race here May 29 in which Mona Rose closed to finish third, beaten just one length.

"She ran so good in the Nassau," said Barnett. "I expect her to run just as good, or better, in the Dance Smartly."

Barnett said he had hoped to run Mona Rose in the Dance Smartly prep, but that race failed to fill despite being offered twice.

* Jennifer Morrison, a freelance correspondent for Daily Racing Form and Woodbine's oddsmaker, will host the third session of "Early Morning Workouts" from 8 through 10 a.m. here Saturday. The free program takes place in the trackside test, and Morrison's guests will be trainer Bob Tiller and apprentice jockey Corey Fraser, the reigning Sovereign Award winners in their respective categories.

* Jim Bannon, Woodbine television host and handicapper, will offer the latest in his series of one-hour teaching seminars, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The sessions are free and take place on the second floor of the grandstand.