05/21/2001 11:00PM

Krz Ruckus gets his first stakes victory


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - He was a week late for Mother's Day, but Krz Ruckus did his dam, Krz Ldy, proud here in last Sunday's New Providence.

The 4-year-old Krz Ruckus, owned by Ron Guidolin and partners and trained by Mike DePaulo, is the first foal of Krz Ldy, who won the Glorious Song for the same connections here in 1994.

"Krz Ldy was a pretty good filly, but this one's much better," said DePaulo, while allowing that Krz Ldy's career had been cut short after she had made just two starts at 3 and she well may have had more scope for development.

Krz Ruckus, who won his first stakes while keeping his record unblemished in three outings this season, now will get a bit of a breather while DePaulo plans his next move.

"He's Canadian-bred and Ontario-sired, so he's eligible for a lot of races," said the trainer. "We'll give him some time, and see what pops up."

Krz Ldy also has a 2-year-old Honour and Glory colt, named Honour's Intention, and recently foaled a Gilded Time filly.

Queen's Plate uncertain for two

Win City enhanced his standing for the June 24 Queen's Plate with an impressive victory here in last Saturday's Marine. The question now is does the colt proceed directly to the 1 1/4-mile Plate, or come back in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 2?

"Whether he'll run in the Plate Trial remains to be seen," said Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio and Frank DiGiulio Jr. "The horse will tell me where to go next."

While Win City was in the spotlight, Devil Valentine, who also entered his 3-year-old campaign as a leading candidate for the Plate, disappointed badly for the second time in as many starts this season, finishing a soundly beaten fifth in the Marine for trainer David Bell and owners Sandra and Gerry Gibbs.

Monday morning, Bell had an explanation. "We just found ulcers in his stomach," said Bell. "That'll do that to you - it gives us a good reason."

Devil Valentine will undergo treatment for the condition. Meanwhile, his status for the Queen's Plate is up in the air.

Incitatus back at 8

The turf training track was open for business for the first time this season last Sunday and Incitatus marked the occasion by getting in his final tune-up for Saturday's Grade 3 Connaught Cup.

The $150,000 Connaught Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and upward, is the first turf stakes of the meeting.

Incitatus, an 8-year-old owned by John Kom-Tong Racing Stable, won the 1999 Connaught Cup and finished third in the race last year. On Sunday he drilled five furlongs in 58.60 seconds under regular rider Slade Callaghan.

"This year," said trainer Ron Burke. "He'll be ready to go right off the bat."

Burke, who sent out Incitatus to win the Barbados Gold Cup in 1996, was back home in Barbados to saddle Blacksage Alley in this year's edition of the race.

A 5-year-old horse who had been a steady performer in the New York allowance ranks last year, Blacksage Alley finished a distant 12th and last trying turf for the first time in a March 3 race and came north early last month.

"He arrived looking a little bit tired, from all his trips, so we kind of backed off on him," said Burke.

Burke believes Blacksage Alley can be competitive in top company here around two turns on the main track. At the same time, the trainer is not convinced that turf was the only reason the horse bombed in Barbados and he could give him another chance on the grass.

Blacksage Alley also was nominated to the Connaught Cup but probably will make his local bow early next month in the 1 1/8-mile prep for the Dominion Day Handicap.

The Grade 3 Dominion Day, a 1 1/4-mile race worth $150,000, will be run here July 1.

Three jockeys fined for whip abuse

The Woodbine stewards have issued rulings fining three jockeys for recent whip infractions.

Emile Ramsammy has been fined $200 for "misuse of his whip" during last Friday's fourth race. The stewards ruled Ramsammy hit Dancen in the Sun in an indiscriminate manner by striking her on the ear several times. Dancen in the Sun won the race by 3 3/4 lengths.

Ray Sabourin has been fined $400 for "misuse of his whip" while riding Twisted at Five to a third-place finish in last Wednesday's first race. The stewards ruled Sabourin hit Twisted at Five in an excessive and indiscriminate manner when he struck the horse on the belly and head.

Jack Lauzon has been fined $400 for "excessive use of his whip" while aboard third-place finisher Tepu Sultan in the fourth race here May 13.