09/07/2006 11:00PM

Le Cinquieme Essai done for year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Le Cinquieme Essai, a 7-year-old gelding who was looming as the top local candidate for next Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile, is through for the season.

"He had a little bit of filling in a suspensory," said Paul Nielsen, who trains Le Cinquieme Essai for owner and breeder Bill Scott. "We scanned him, and there's a little tear. It's nothing serious, but if we kept going with him, it would be.

"He'll make a nice 8-year-old."

Le Cinquieme Essai had won the Grade 2 Play the King, a seven-furlong turf race that is the major local prep for the Woodbine Mile, in his last start on Aug. 26.

Last year, Le Cinquieme Essai finished third in the Woodbine Mile, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by the winner, Leroidesanimaux, but just a length for second place by Mobil.

Becrux breezes for Mile

Becrux, who stayed here with an eye toward the Woodbine Mile after shipping in from California to finish second in the Play the King, breezed six furlongs in 1:18.20 on the main turf course here Friday.

Becrux, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Neil Drysdale, had won the restricted Wickerr Handicap at one mile on turf at Del Mar in his start prior to the Play the King.

Corey Nakatani, who rode Becrux in the Wickerr, is slated to be back aboard for the Woodbine Mile after Brice Blanc had the mount in the Play the King.

Preparation elsewhere, as well

Woodbine Mile candidates who breezed at their current home bases on Friday included Remarkable News, Three Valleys, Rebel Rebel, and Ballast.

At Belmont Park, Remarkable News worked five furlongs in 1:00.96 on the main track.

Remarkable News, a 4-year-old colt trained by Angel Penna Jr., won the Grade 2 Fourstardave at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga in his last start.

The Woodbine Mile would be the second appearance here at Woodbine for Remarkable News, who won the Grade 3 Connaught Cup, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, by a nose over Le Cinquieme Essai on May 28.

Javier Castellano, who has ridden Remarkable News in each of his nine career starts, will retain the mount.

Three Valleys also worked on Belmont's main track, going six furlongs in 1:13.80. A 5-year-old horse trained by Bobby Frankel, Three Valleys won the Grade 3 Oceanport at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Monmouth Park in his last start.

Ramon Dominguez, who rode Three Valleys in the Aug. 6 Oceanport, has the call here.

At Saratoga, Rebel Rebel breezed five furlongs in 1:03.18. A 4-year-old colt trained by Richard Dutrow, Rebel Rebel finished third in the Oceanport after winning Belmont's Grade 3 Poker at one mile on turf, with Remarkable News second.

At Fair Hill, in Maryland, Ballast breezed six furlongs in 1:13.20. A 5-year-old gelding trained by Graham Motion, Ballast was a front-running winner at 1 1/8 miles on turf under third-level allowance terms last time out. Todd Kabel is scheduled to ride Ballast for the first time here.

Two guaranteed wagers

The Woodbine Mile will anchor a program that also includes the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, and the Grade 3, $250,000 Summer, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.

Woodbine will offer a pair of Win 4's with guaranteed pools on the Woodbine Mile program.

The first Win 4, on races 4 through 7, has a $50,000 guarantee. The second is on races 6 through 9, including the Woodbine Mile, and has a guarantee of $100,000.

Main Executive works on new surface

Main Executive had his first workout on the Polytrack surface here Friday morning, drilling six furlongs in 1:12 under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos.

A 4-year-old gelding owned and bred by Bruno Brothers Farm and trained by Radlie Loney, Main Executive is scheduled to make his next appearance in the $125,000 Overskate, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Sept. 20.

Main Executive, winner of the six-furlong New Providence over Ontario-sired opposition here May 13, last saw action in the Grade 2 Play the King, a seven-furlong race that marked his turf debut.

In the Aug. 26 Play the King, Main Executive dueled with Marco Be Good before fading to last in the field of 11.

"He and Marco Be Good ran themselves into the ground," said Loney.

Singh's ban altered

Jockey Sunny Singh, who has served a two-month suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance here June 29, will be eligible to return on Wednesday but forbidden from riding on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 8.

Singh originally was handed a three-month suspension, from July 8 through Oct. 8, which he appealed. Lynda Tanaka, Ontario Racing Commission chair, presided over Singh's case and revised the penalty.

Singh also will serve a period of probation of one year, from Oct. 9, 2006, through Oct. 8, 2007.

The racing commission's ruling, dated July 31, was not made public until Thursday.