07/06/2009 12:00AM

Many options for Who's Big Daddy


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Who's Big Daddy, following in the footsteps of his big sister Cawaja Beach, became a stakes winner here at Woodbine in last Saturday's $150,800 Clarendon.

Making his third career start in the Clarendon, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds, Who's Big Daddy quickly seized command and never looked back en route to a three-quarter-length victory under regular rider Gerry Olguin.

Owned by the Ace Racing Stable of his trainer, Scott Fairlie, and Hard Eight Stable, Who's Big Daddy had finished second when debuting against Ontario-sired maiden company at 4 1/2 furlongs. In his next outing, with blinkers on, Who's Big Daddy was a smart winner while competing over the same distance in similar company.

"He's moving right along," said Fairlie. "He's never had any setbacks. He's pretty solid, but he has a lot of growing still to do."

Who's Big Daddy is nominated to the $150,000 Colin, an open six-furlong race here July 18.

"We'll see how he is," said Fairlie, adding that the six-furlong Vandal for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds here Aug. 9 would be a definite target.

Fairlie, keeping all of his options open, also could consider Who's Big Daddy for turf or two-turn challenges down the road.

"He'll settle for you, and do what you want," said Fairlie. "He's so relaxed, that's why I didn't mind putting the blinkers on him."

Cawaja Beach targets Passing Mood

Cawaja Beach, meanwhile, is almost all the way back after having her juvenile campaign last year cut short by a lesion in a tendon which subsequently was treated with stem cell therapy.

In her four starts as a 2-year-old, Cawaja Beach was undefeated and virtually untested with her successes including the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well, the six-furlong Nandi, and the six-furlong Victorian Queen.

Cawaja Beach tasted the grass for the first time here last Sunday with a two-furlong gallop on the turf training course. That exercise was in preparation for her scheduled return in the $125,000 Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies on July 22.

Monday, Fairlie sent out Cawaja Beach to breeze five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on the main track and she is scheduled to work once more before the Passing Mood.

Mullins Beach fine after brief scare

Trainer Malcolm Pierce had been concerned after missing about 10 days of training with Mullins Beach following the seven-furlong Fury here May 3. But, Mullins Beach was able to allay Pierce's fears as she stalked the pace of odds-on choice Woodsmoke and then rallied for a 3 1/2-length win here in last Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Damsel over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf.

"After the race, she was a little bit heat-strokey and she was tying up," said Pierce. "I think that was because of the time we missed with her. I think she was just exhausted. She's fine [Monday] morning."

Mullins Beach won the opening-day La Voyageuse over five furlongs on the main track and then finished third in the Fury.

"I'd like to keep her on grass," Pierce said. "I really think she's a better filly on turf. But I'd like to find something sprinting for her, and there's not much for her here unless I can stretch her out to a mile."

The next local turf stakes for the 3-year-old filly division is the $150,000 Ontario Colleen, an open one-mile race on Aug. 30.

The Ontario Damsel was the fifth stakes winner for Pierce, who is the leader here in that category, and the fifth for jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, who is tied for second place at the meeting with Jim McAleney behind eight-time stakes winner Patrick Husbands.

Pierce mulls stakes options for two fillies

Pierce will be looking to add to his stakes lead here in Saturday's Dance Smartly with Points of Grace and/or Much Obliged, a pair of Kentucky-bred 4-year-old fillies.

Points of Grace, fourth in the Grade 2 Nassau in her last start on May 30, and Much Obliged both breezed five furlongs in 1:00 in separate moves here last Saturday. They are nominated to both the Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, and the same day's Grade 3, $200,000 Modesty, a 1 3/16-mile turf race at Arlington Park.

"I think we'll run Points of Grace here for sure," said Pierce. "Much Obliged, we'll have to see as we get closer to the races."

Much Obliged won her first start of the season in a third-level optional $80,000 claimer over seven furlongs of turf here June 5. Last year, Much Obliged won the American 1000 Guineas at one mile.

True Vindication points to Bold Venture

Pierce was at Monmouth Park last Friday and sent out Timely Advice to finish second, beaten a half-length, in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector.

"He's fine; he just got beat," said Pierce. "He ran good. He got left more than he got beat. It's a long way to go to finish second, but that's life."

Timely Advice, a 4-year-old colt, is nominated to the $150,000 Bold Venture, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here July 19.

"It's probably a little bit too quick back for him but we'll keep an eye on it as we get closer," said Pierce.

In any case, Pierce plans to be represented in the Bold Venture by True Vindication, who breezed four furlongs in 48.20 here Sunday.

True Vindication won out his second and third conditions in Polytrack sprints here this spring before finishing seventh, beaten five lengths, in the Grade 3 Highlander over six furlongs of turf.