08/08/2005 11:00PM

Locals create little buzz Haskell Day

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Silver Bird is being pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway on Sept. 10 at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Reade Baker's duo of Judiths Wild Rush and Silver Bird fared the best of five Woodbine invaders at Monmouth last Sunday, when each finished third in a $100,000 stakes.

Judiths Wild Rush missed second by a head in the six-furlong Teddy Drone, which Wildcat Heir won by 5 3/4 lengths.

"He didn't seem himself down there; he was awfully quiet," said Baker. "He wasn't going to handle the winner, but he should have been a distinct second."

Judiths Wild Rush is a Kentucky-bred and a multiple stakes winner, and with a dearth of local opportunities on the horizon, Baker said he will continue to look southward. One option is the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, a six-furlong race Aug. 27.

Silver Bird was beaten just a head and a half-length in the six-furlong Regret.

"She ran a winning race," said Baker. "She's in great shape. The last few months, she's felt better than at any time in her career."

Silver Bird will be pointed for the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Sept. 10.

Trainer Roger Attfield had a quiet afternoon at Monmouth on Sunday, when he watched Palladio finish fifth in the $1 million Haskell Invitational and Noble Stella finish last of 10 in the $100,000 Matchmaker.

Palladio was beaten 11 1/2 lengths under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos and, despite the fast going, returned covered in mud following a mid-afternoon drizzle.

"He didn't have a very good experience," said Attfield. "He wasn't a very happy horse cooling out. His eyes were full of mud. Richard said he was gurgling, so we scoped him, but all we could find was a lot of mud."

Palladio also emerged from the Haskell with "a tiny bit of a splint," according to Attfield, who said he will be monitoring that situation before deciding on Palladio's next engagement.

Noble Stella, ridden by Emile Ramsammy, was beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

Both Noble Stella and fellow Woodbine shipper Classic Stamp, trained by Darwin Banach and ridden by Dos Ramos, had little chance when trying to rally off a slow pace. Classic Stamp was beaten two lengths as the sixth-place finisher.

The Grade 2 Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Sept. 18, is the next major local target for Noble Stella and Classic Stamp, who is the defending champion in that race.

Baker cuts Bosskiri's meeting short

Baker is in the midst of a career campaign, topping the money-won standings with more than $2.2 million heading into this week and saddling a meet-leading seven stakes winners.

But one talented member of the stable who will not be adding to those totals is Bosskiri, who soon will be heading to Florida to prepare for the 2006 Gulfstream meeting.

Undefeated in two starts at 2, Bosskiri won her fourth race in a row May 28 in the Lady Angela, but finished fifth when stretching out for the first time in the 1 1/8-mile Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 12.

"She was whacked out; flat as a pancake," said Baker of Bosskiri's post-Oaks demeanor.

Following some time off, Bosskiri returned to training, but Baker said she continued to struggle.

"She was having trouble with the track," said Baker. "There's nothing seriously wrong with her."

Baker also noted that the only remaining sprint stakes for 3-year-old fillies here is the Nov. 13 Jammed Lovely, which was also a factor in the decision to put away Bosskiri for the meeting.

Raylene seeks races back West

Raylene, who was sent to Baker last summer after running out of opposition in Alberta, is returning to Western Canada because of a lack of suitable opportunities here at Woodbine.

A Kentucky-bred 5-year-old mare whose specialty is running long on the dirt, Raylene has made just one start this season, finishing third in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Matron on June 18.

Raylene was the only entrant for a 1 1/16-mile money allowance offered here Thursday. She was to be flown out Tuesday night for Friday's $50,000 Madamoiselle, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares at Edmonton's Northlands Park.

Baker said he expects Raylene to return later this fall with an eye toward the Grade 3, 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf Stakes on Nov. 12.

Royalty Boy sets sights on Speed to Spare

Royalty Boy is another locally based horse who is slated to head west, with his target being the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands Park on Sept. 10.

Royalty Boy, a 4-year-old Alberta-bred colt, spent his first two campaigns racing in Calgary and Edmonton and made one trip to Winnipeg, where he won the Manitoba Derby for trainer Bruce Phelan.

Sent to trainer Joe Walls at Woodbine this spring, Royalty Boy has been winless in four starts but came up with his best effort last Wednesday, when she finished third in a fourth-level allowance.

"There's just nothing for him here," said Walls. "I'll send him back out to Bruce, and he can come back later this fall."

A crack at turf racing, which also had been part of the reason for relocating Royalty Boy, failed to materialize.

"He hated the grass," said Walls. "He wouldn't pick the bridle up when I tried to work him over it."

* Victoria's Boy worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the training track here Tuesday morning in preparation for Sunday's $150,000 Vandal Stakes. Owned and bred by George Bigliardi, Victoria's Boy was a game winner of a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special in his debut here July 31. The Vandal is a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.