07/02/2008 11:00PM

Long Pants makes good first impression


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Long Pants has come to hand quickly for his patient trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, and could take some beating in Saturday's $150,000 Clarendon Stakes at Woodbine. The 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds has attracted five other Ontario-breds, most notably El Brujo and Bucephalus.

Long Pants came from second under Jono Jones to win his debut in a 4 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired runners by 2 1/4 lengths, earning a 60 Beyer Speed Figure.

"What he's done, he's pretty much done it on his own," said Day Phillips. "He's fallen into his own little program. He's a very easy horse to train. Whatever you teach him, he learns quickly.

"The maturity that he showed the day of the race and in the race impressed me. He let the horse that was in front sprint away from him. He relaxed and waited to be asked to move. Jono picked him up, and he was very determined in his move."

Day Phillips said Long Pants's slow five-furlong work in 1:04.60 last Saturday on the Polytrack took place in the pouring rain.

"There was water on the track," Day Phillips recalled. "I think the riders got a little confused. They went very easy the first quarter, and then came home nicely."

Long Pants then blew out three furlongs on Wednesday morning.

El Brujo rallied along the rail from a stalking position to win his first start, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race, by a head, earning a 67 Beyer. Trainer Malcolm Pierce said El Brujo worked nicely the weekend before he ran.

"We were going to run him for $40,000 first time out, but we decided not to take a chance," Pierce said. "We were very impressed with the race. He was very game along the inside. He didn't look like a horse who had never run before."

Bucephalus finished a lapped-on second to the imposing Dylan in his lone outing in a five-furlong maiden special June 22, an effort worth a 65 Beyer.

"I was pretty high on him," said trainer Kevin Attard. "He would appreciate more ground, but I thought he would be good enough to win first time out. He didn't disappoint. I liked the way he closed on the outside the last part of the race."

Attard has added a shadow roll to Bucephalus's equipment.

"I thought he was climbing the first part of his race." Attard said. "With the shadow roll on, he seems to be dropping his head and going a little smoother."