Updated on 09/15/2011 12:34PM

A long time between sips from stakes cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A pair of trainers paid overdue visits to the stakes winner's circle at Woodbine last weekend, as Sid Attard greeted Ginger Gold after Sunday's Shady Well and Cliff Hopmans hailed Alexis following Saturday's Dance Smartly.

Attard, 50, who consistently is among the leaders here, had not tasted stakes success since Princess Alicia won the Classy'n Smart in 1999.

Hopmans, 45, who returned to training this year following a 10-year stint as director of horsemen's relations for the Ontario Jockey Club, had not been in the stakes-winning spotlight since taking the 1986 Achievement with Silent Link at Greenwood.

Ginger Gold, a 2-year-old filly owned and bred by Mel Lawson's Jim Dandy Stable, had wintered in Kentucky and was in training at Keeneland prior to coming north in May.

The Shady Well was the first start for Ginger Gold, who originally had been scheduled to debut in a maiden race here June 30 and was Attard's first 2-year-old entrant of 2001.

"She was working so good, and was nominated to the stakes," said Attard. "So I called the owner and said 'I think we should take a shot.' "

As it transpired, the maiden race would have gone as scheduled had Attard entered but was carried over to last Wednesday, when it went with a five-horse field.

Ginger Gold, meanwhile, faced three winners in the Shady Well but was much the best under jockey Richard Dos Ramos, who was recording his second stakes win in two weeks and fifth of the season.

"She's for real, this filly," said Attard. "And the longer they go, the better, I say."

Alexis, a 5-year-old mare owned by D. Morgan Firestone, was not only a highlight for Hopmans but also was the first North American stakes winner for jockey Jono Jones, who had been a star in Barbados before moving his tack here this spring.

"Our long-term goal for her is the E.P. Taylor," said Hopmans, referring to the Grade 1 $500,000 turf stakes for fillies and mares which will be run over 1 1/4 miles here Sept. 30. "She ran in the race last year and was competitive; she was beaten just a length and a half."

Hopmans hopes to use the Grade 2 Canadian, a $200,000 turf handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles here Sept. 9, as Alexis's major stepping-stone to the Taylor.

Wake at Noon experiments on turf

Wake at Noon worked five furlongs in 57.60 seconds under regular rider David Clark when training on turf for the first time here Sunday morning.

"We wanted to see how he handled the grass," said trainer Abraham Katryan, adding that owner Bruno Schickedanz wanted to keep Wake at Noon's options open with races such as the Atto Mile on the horizon.

Wake at Noon is one of three Katryan runners nominated to the $100,000 Bold Venture here July 21.

One Way Love, owned by Schickedanz and John Hillier, worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 here Monday morning and could make his seasonal bow in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture.

"He's never been a work horse," said Katryan, who sent out One Way Love to win six stakes on his way to being voted Canada's top older male and top sprinter last year. "But he's been going for a while now; he should be close to ready."

Tempered Appeal, who had been nominated to the Bold Venture by trainer Mark Casse on behalf of Mockingbird Farm, now could contest the handicap for Katryan and Schickedanz after being claimed for $80,000 here Sunday.

"We're very happy with him," said Katryan, who had watched Tempered Appeal score by four lengths in the six-furlong allowance/optional claimer. "We knew he was nominated for the stakes, so we took a shot."

Prince of Wales prospects work

Thatsthebottomline, a candidate for the July 22 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.40 here Monday morning under regular rider Ray Sabourin.

The $350,000 Prince of Wales, a 1 3/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown, which kicked off here with the June 24 Queen's Plate.

Thatsthebottomline, owned by Victor and Rosanne Deschenes and Scott Wager, finished sixth in the 1 1/4-mile Plate.

Brushing Bully and Asia, the Plate's third- and fourth-place finishers, both worked here Saturday morning and are bound for the Prince of Wales.

Brushing Bully, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Tino Attard, was clocked in 1:13.20 under rider David Clark while working six furlongs in company with stablemate Sizzling Hot.

Asia, owned by Arosa Farm and trained by Jim Cheadle, went five furlongs in 1:02.60 under Constant Montpelllier, who will be riding Plate runner-up Win City in the Wales.

"I'd been looking to run Asia in a maiden race on the turf here this Saturday, then head to the Breeders'," said Cheadle, with reference to the 1 1/2-mile turf stakes here Aug. 11 which is the third leg of the Canadian Triple.

"But she came out of the Plate too good, and she's been training too good. You've got to think she can improve off a start she kind of needed and she should be right there."

* Jockey Emile Ramsammy has appealed a suspension of three racing days that was to have begun Wednesday. The stewards had ruled the jockey struck his mount, Muhayaa's Crown, on the head during the stretch run of the fifth race here July 2. Muhayaa's Crown had finished sixth but was moved up to fifth via a disqualification.