05/28/2006 11:00PM

London Snow coming right back for Oaks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - London Snow has done everything right thus far this season, winning for the second time in as many appearances in last Saturday's $126,200 Lady Angela here at Woodbine.

But John Charalambous, who trains London Snow, is hoping the best is yet to come as the filly is scheduled to swing back in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 11.

"I think she ran great," said Charalambous, who had watched London Snow stalk the pace and come on to score by 2 1/2 lengths under regular rider Steven Bahen in the Lady Angela.

"Everything worked out perfect; there was speed inside her, and she sat outside. It was the perfect race, the perfect ride - the perfect day."

London Snow, who was defeating Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in the seven-furlong Lady Angela, will be stretching out for the first time in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, which is open to Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"I think she'll go two turns," said Charalambous. "Whether she'll go a mile and an eighth, two weeks after that race Saturday, I don't know.

"But she's in good shape, so we'll take a shot. You don't get a chance to run in a race like the Oaks often.'

Charalambous, in fact, would be participating in the Woodbine Oaks for the first time. Bahen would be seeking his second Oaks victory, having ridden upset winner Silent Fleet in the 1996 running.

Plate Trial candidates tune up

Edenwold, Atlas Shrugs, and Thinking Out Loud, who are among the leading candidates for Sunday's 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, had their final major tune-ups.

Edenwold, Canada's male 2-year-old champion last year for owners Jim and Alice Sapara and trainer Josie Carroll, worked five furlongs in 1:00 on the main track Monday under jockey Emile Ramsammy. "It was perfect, just what I wanted," said Carroll.

Edenwold, with Ramsammy riding for the first time, finished a closing second to Atlas Shrugs in his seasonal debut in the seven-furlong Queenston here May 6.

Atlas Shrugs, under regular rider Corey Fraser, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on the main track Saturday while going in company with stablemate Tothemoonandback, who was ridden by Jim McAleney.

"They were head-and-head the whole way," said trainer Reade Baker, who sent out Atlas Shrugs to win the six-furlong Woodstock and the Queenston in his two starts at Woodbine this spring.

Baker also has high hopes for Tothemoonandback, a 3-year-old gelding who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89 in his seasonal debut in a first-level allowance race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward at six furlongs on May 7.

Tothemoonandback is being pointed for the $125,000 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here June 14.

Thinking Out Loud gearing up

McAleney also was aboard Thinking Out Loud, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on the main track last Saturday.

Thinking Out Loud worked in company with Black Rock Road, a stakes-winning 5-year-old mare who was clocked in 1:00.40 and is a candidate for Saturday's Grade 2 Nassau.

Winner of the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity at Woodbine last fall, Thinking Out Loud finished sixth when making his only start of this season in the Queenston.

Due to a clerical error, Thinking Out Loud's connections missed a Queen's Plate payment earlier this year and the colt had to be supplemented at a cost of $15,000 at the final nominations stage on May 15.

Hot Deputy, who won his maiden at 1 1/16 miles here May 13, is the only other $15,000 supplement.

Owned by Tucci Stable and trained by Sid Attard, Hot Deputy breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the training track here Monday.

The $1 million Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run June 25.

Remarkable News keeps Penna hot

Trainer Angel Penna, who won last year's Nassau with Que Puntual, got his second straight stakes win here Sunday when Remarkable News captured the Grade 3, $150,800 Connaught Cup at 1 1/16 miles.

The Connaught Cup, the first turf stakes of the 2006 Woodbine meeting, turned out to be a thriller, with Remarkable News prevailing by a nose in a four-horse photo.

Le Cinquieme Essai, last year's Connaught Cup winner, was a very game second while making his first start as a 7-year-old.

Meanwhile, Penna does not have a nominee for Saturday's $300,000 Nassau, but Julie Bell, Woodbine's stakes coordinator, expects at least a couple of shippers.

Naissance Royale, trained by Christophe Clement in New York, and Hallowed Dreams, trained by Ben Cecil in California, are under serious consideration for the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Rainford rides fifth winner

Apprentice jockey Michelle Rainford, 26, rode her fifth career winner here Saturday, guiding Turtle Drive ($4.90) to a 12 3/4-length victory for trainer Scott Fairlie.

Rainford, who debuted here last Oct. 26 and rode her fourth winner with her 31st mount on Dec. 4, returned to action on April 28.

Following her victory with Turtle Drive, her 19th mount of the year, Rainford's apprentice allowance was halved to five pounds. She was blanked in three subsequent rides over the weekend.