06/29/2009 11:00PM

Milwaukee Appeal may tackle males again

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Michael Burns
Woodbine Oaks winner Milwaukee Appeal is possible for the Prince of Wales on July 12.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Milwaukee Appeal is gearing up for another crack at the boys in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie on July 12.

Milwaukee Appeal finished third in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate two weeks after capturing the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

Despite a less than perfect trip, Milwaukee Appeal was beaten a neck and a head in the June 21 Queen's Plate by Eye of the Leopard and Mr. Foricos Two U, who also are eyeing the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, the second jewel in Canada's Triple Crown.

"She came out of the Plate so good that for half a million, I have to look at [the Prince of Wales]," said trainer Scott Fairlie, who would have to supplement Milwaukee Appeal on entry day at a cost of $12,500 after she was supplemented to the $1 million Queen's Plate for $25,000. "It's either that or the Wonder Where at a mile and a quarter on turf, which is an unknown. Then there's nothing for her until the Selene."

The $250,000 Wonder Where, which follows the Woodbine Oaks and the Bison City as the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run here at Woodbine on July 25.

The Grade 3 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run here Sept. 26.

Few definites so far for Prince of Wales

Of the 12 horses nominated to the Prince of Wales, only Eye of the Leopard, Mr. Foricos Two U, and Keino West are confirmed candidates.

Eye of the Leopard, trained by Mark Frostad, could work here this weekend but is not scheduled to see Fort Erie until the day of the Prince of Wales.

Mr. Foricos Two U is scheduled to breeze on the dirt training track here Saturday and then spend a day at Fort Erie next week.

"We'll ship him down two or three days before to give him a chance to see the racetrack and to school in the paddock," said trainer Catherine Day Phillips.

Keino West, who finished sixth in the Queen's Plate, also could have his final Prince of Wales tune-up at Fort Erie.

"We might take him down there next week to breeze him and school him in the paddock," said trainer Steve Attard.

Trainer Vito Armata is undecided about the Prince of Wales participation of Flip for the Coin, who finished fifth in the Queen's Plate.

"I'll have to make a decision after I work the horse this Saturday or Sunday," said Armata.

Trainer Mark Casse also is keeping tabs on the Prince of Wales on behalf of Gallant, who won a 1 1/8-mile maiden race here May 31. Gallant also would have to be supplemented at a cost of $12,500.

Gigolette awaits Ontario Damsel

Last Sunday's Bison City Stakes presented a very tough call for trainer David Bell. He had to decide between the 1 1/16-mile Bison City or this Sunday's Ontario Damsel at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf for Gigolette.

Gigolette is owned by Dick and Jo Ellen Shaw, and Bell won the Bison City for them with Woolloomooloo, Nithi, and Silver Nithi when the race was run at Fort Erie.

In the end, Bell opted to keep Gigolette in the barn and aim her for the $150,000 Ontario Damsel, for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"We always thought she'd go longer," said Bell, who has yet to try Gigolette around two turns. "It was tempting. We just kept going over it, and going over it."

After winning a first-level allowance over seven furlongs here May 23, Gigolette made her turf debut in the 6 1/2-furlong Alywow on June 21 and wound up fifth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

"She was coming back in two weeks, and I'm not going to do that again," said Bell. "But she was close enough, and this looks like a little easier race for her.

"She was up closer than I'd expected and ran a little flat. I expect to see her a little more off it and closing harder."

Woodsmoke, the front-running winner of the open Alywow for 3-year-old fillies, also is expected to return for the Ontario Damsel.

Witch's Coven shows promise

Bell would appear to have a solid 2-year-old filly prospect in Witch's Coven, who finished fifth in last Sunday's five-furlong My Dear.

"I just think she needs more ground," said Bell. "She was closing hard and wide, the way she had to be. They didn't come back."

Witch's Coven was beaten 5 3/4 lengths in the My Dear. She finished strongly to end third in her career debut, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race.

"We'll break her maiden, hopefully, and then go from there," said Bell.

Olredlgetcha euthanized after infection

The last couple of weeks have been tough ones for trainer Greg De Gannes and his barn.

De Gannes himself has been in hospital for the past week, recuperating from intestinal surgery after undergoing a procedure for similar problems last fall.

On June 14, De Gannes sent out Olredlgetcha to win the Victoria here in his first career start, but the colt subsequently developed a hock infection and was euthanized at the nearby University of Guelph's veterinary clinic.

"We had thought he was going in the right direction," said Rolph De Gannes, father of the trainer, who has been helping out at the barn.

The senior De Gannes said Olredlgetcha had a tendency to cut the inside of his hocks badly by hitting himself when running. The colloquial term for such a horse is a "scalper."

"At the university they felt he had small abscesses subcutaneously, with resistant staph infection," said De Gannes. "The decision was made to put him down."

One lucky bettor hits pick six

For the second time in as many weeks, Woodbine's new jackpot pool for the Sunday pick six went to a single ticket holder.

Starting with $150,000 provided by Woodbine and boosted by another $51,388 in wagers, the jackpot payoff of $153,844 was won by a $576 ticket purchased in California.

A total of six horses were used in the first leg; four in the second and third; three in the fourth; and singles in the last two.