06/19/2008 12:00AM

Lynch's unusual duo figure in Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Ginger Brew and Jungle Brew represent an atypical pair of Queen's Plate entrants for trainer Brian Lynch, who runs the Stronach Stable operation here.

Ginger Brew is not only a filly facing colts but is coming back just two weeks after winning the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, which goes against Lynch's general modus operandi.

Jungle Brew, a maiden after just two starts who is now taking the plunge into stakes company, also is a Lynch anomaly.

Horses dictate circumstances, however, and Lynch is comfortable with his Brew Crew.

"In Australia, we ran fillies against colts all the time," said Lynch, 44, who was born in Brisbane but has been training in North America since 1991. "I've just never had the opportunity here to have one that could compete."

Lynch always had his options open with regard to bringing back Ginger Brew for the Queen's Plate.

"It was always something never too far from my mind that if she won the Oaks in the right fashion, and if the Plate came up lacking a standout, she could be competitive," said Lynch.

The quick return is another matter, but Lynch points out that Ginger Brew's previous races this year had been well-spaced.

"Two weeks is probably not my kettle of fish," said Lynch. "But she had a good six weeks between the Calder Oaks and the Woodbine Oaks. Instead of regressing, I think she'll come on for this race."

Lynch also is looking for a move forward from Jungle Brew, who finished a closing second in a 1 1/8-mile maiden race here June 1 after finishing second at six furlongs here four weeks earlier.

"I'm thrilled with the way he's coming into the Plate," said Lynch. "I'm real skeptical about doing this with maidens, in races like this, but I'm real happy with the way he's doing."

Malakoff begins comeback Saturday

Lynch is looking forward to the long-awaited return of Malakoff, who will be making his first start since the 2006 Prince of Wales in a second-level optional claiming race at seven furlongs here Saturday.

Malakoff finished first in the Prince of Wales but was demoted to fifth place, a decision that was upheld by the Ontario Racing Commission the following spring.

Adding injury to insult, Malakoff emerged from the Prince of Wales hurt, necessitating his lengthy absence.

"He's always been one of my favorites," said Lynch. "I'm just very excited to have him back."

Malakoff had an entire year off before returning to training at Adena Springs North last fall and then continued his training at the Stronach operation's Florida farm.

"He's happy in his training; just a joy to be around," said Lynch. "Seven furlongs might be a little bit short for him, but I really think we haven't seen the best of him yet."

Will Solitaire improve or regress?

Solitaire, the most highly regarded of the Queen's Plate maidens off his close second-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 1, checked in early Wednesday afternoon and will be making just his third lifetime start in the Queen's Plate.

Solitaire came into the Plate trial off a seven-week gap between starts, as he began his career with a closing third in a 1 1/8-maiden turf race at Gulfstream on April 14.

Solitaire shipped up from Saratoga for the Plate Trial, returned the next day, and arrived back at Woodbine on Wednesday afternoon.

"He's doing well," said trainer James Bond. "He's holding good flesh, and worked great for this race. I hope he improves."

Bond is well aware that Solitaire, with his time off between races and huge effort in the Plate Trial, is a bounce candidate.

"The colt's just learning," said Bond. "I hope the learning curve is going to overcome the bounce theory."

Bond and Solitaire's jockey, Robert Landry, will be among the guests at Jennifer Morrison's Woodbine workouts seminar, which will begin a half-hour later than originally announced and runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the trackside tent.

Tell It As It Is takes Tattling Stakes

Tell It As It Is ($21.60) burst out of the pack in midstretch and went on to a convincing victory here in Wednesday's $104,000 Tattling Stakes.

Tell It As It Is relished the yielding turf course in 1 1/16-mile event for females, winning by 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:45.27.

Sans Souci Island rallied wide for second at 8-1 with 47-1 outsider Charity Quest completing a triactor worth $3,408.20.

"You can see by her performance that she enjoyed herself, on a course that she likes," said Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode the winner for trainer Jim Smith.

It was the first stakes win for Tell It As It Is, who banked $60,000 for Cinnamont Stable.

Star Operator weakened to fourth after setting moderate fractions of 24.47, 48.74, and 1:13.29.

Favored Glitter Rox stalked in second until the three-sixteenths pole before fading to finish seventh in the 10-horse field.

May Night, Be Envied, and It's True Love were scratched.

* Customized saddle towels for all Queen's Plate starters, autographed by each horse's jockey and trainer, will be auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group, which is partnering with LongRun for the program, announced the initiative at the Queen's Plate breakfast here Thursday morning.

The minimum bid will be set at $2,500 for the winner's towel, $1,000 for the second-place finisher, $500 for the third-place finisher, and $250 for all others.

Bidding will open Monday and continue through June 30.

* Advance wagering will be offered on the full Queen's Plate card beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at all Woodbine Entertainment Group locations. Pick seven, pick four, and pick three wagering will not be available until the conclusion of Saturday's Woodbine card.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink