07/06/2008 11:00PM

Krz Exec overcomes her challenges


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Krz Exec had never started on turf, had never won around one turn, and had not raced since Dec. 5.

But those apparent drawbacks could not keep Krz Exec from registering her fourth consecutive victory here in Sunday's $150,800 Ontario Damsel, a 6 1/2-furlong turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"She just has the will to win," said trainer Mike DePaulo, who also owns Krz Exec in partnership with Rob Jackson and Bob Stevens.

"She doesn't win by much, but she just keeps getting there. She tries so hard."

Krz Exec's winning margin in the Ontario Damsel was a neck.

Last year, she wound up her campaign with a head tally in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie, which followed a half-length score in the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean.

And while DePaulo was well aware that the cards might be stacked against Krz Exec for the Ontario Damsel, he did have some reasons for optimism.

"She's been training real well," DePaulo said. "She's been feeling so good at the barn we thought we'd better run her before she hurt herself.

"I thought she'd handle the grass, too. She worked well on it, and one of her brothers, Krz Ruckus, handled it."

The $125,000 Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here July 23, could be the next spot for Krz Exec.

"It's coming back kind of quick, but we'll take a look at it," DePaulo said.

The $125,000 Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 27, definitely will be on Krz Exec's dance card.

Bucephalus wins on short rest

After tipping his hand when a closing second in his five-furlong debut, Bucephalus got another half-furlong to work with and was a hard-fought winner of last Saturday's $150,000 Clarendon for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

Bucephalus was the second stakes winner in as many weeks for trainer Kevin Attard, Knob Hill Stable, and jockey Jim McAleney.

Those connections teamed up to win the previous Sunday's $250,800 Bison City with Nicki Knew.

Bucephalus, an $80,000 buy at the local select yearling sale, was returning to action on rather short notice for Attard, who is the private trainer for Knob Hill.

"My biggest concern was the two weeks," Attard said. "I don't usually like to do that with a young horse, particularly one who I think highly of.

"But he trains good and he's got a good kind of mental state, too. Everything led me to believe he'd handle it."

The next target for Bucephalus is the $150,000 Vandal, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds here Aug. 10.

A little farther down the road is the Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings that will be one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes here Sept. 1.

"The timing works for both of them," Attard said.

"I think he'll go two turns, too, without a problem. He doesn't have much breeding for it on his dam's side, but he acts like a natural route horse."

Strong work for Alezzandro

Alezzandro, a disappointment in two starts for Attard this season, worked a strong six furlongs in 1:13 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.60 here Sunday morning.

Todd Kabel, who guided Alezzandro to victory in last year's Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, was aboard for the drill.

"It was a great work," Attard said. "I'm extremely happy with the way he is right now.

"There's no specific plan for him. We'll see how he bounces out of this and go from there."

Quiet Jungle drills for Dance Smartly

Quiet Jungle also worked well on the main track here Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:00.20 in company with stablemate Safe Landing.

"She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 and seven furlongs in 1:26," said Mark Frostad, who trains Quiet Jungle.

Emile Ramsammy was aboard Quiet Jungle for the drill and has picked up the mount for Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Quiet Jungle was beaten a nose last time out as the runner-up in the Grade 3 Nassau over 1 1/16 miles of turf.

Danceroftherealm retired with injury

Danceroftherealm, undefeated in her last four starts, all over 5 1/2 furlongs of turf, including a pair of stakes at the Fair Grounds and one at Keeneland, has been retired.

Owned and bred by Richard Lister and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Danceroftherealm was scheduled to use Wednesday's Repercussion as a prep for the Grade 3 Royal North, a six-furlong turf race here Aug. 2 that had been her goal since returning to Woodbine this spring.

"She had a suspensory problem a couple of years ago, and it came back," Lister said. "It put a lot of undue stress on her.

"Malcolm and I both felt that she'd done so well for us that if she couldn't be 100 percent, we didn't want to run her."

Danceroftherealm, a 5-year-old who was bred in Great Britain, won 2 of her first 9 starts but caught fire in New Orleans last winter, winning a second-level allowance followed by the Leggio Memorial and the Bienville.

In her last start, which came at Keeneland on April 19, Danceroftherealm won the Giant's Causeway. She retires with a record of 6 wins, 2 thirds, and earnings of $312,324 from 13 starts.

Lister hopes to breed Danceroftherealm to Giant's Causeway next year.

Pizarro to ride in Repercussion

Jockey Tyler Pizarro, who was to have served the final day of a five-day suspension Wednesday, has been granted permission to ride the evening's featured Repercussion and has been suspended for Thursday's card.

Pizarro's mount in the Repercussion, a 6 1/2-furlong turf stakes, is Sudsy Baby, one of two horses in the race trained by Roger Attfield.