08/19/2010 11:26AM

Miss Reginella ready to try two turns in Eternal Search


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – After winning her first two starts of the season, Miss Reginella was supposed to see her first stakes action here at Woodbine this spring in the Lady Angela. But that plan failed to come to fruition after Miss Reginella, who is owned by Frank Romano and trained by Mike DePaulo, missed training time with a virus and had to pass up the seven-furlong Lady Angela on May 24.

On Saturday, Miss Reginella will be looking to register an upset in the $125,000 Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

“We’d thought a lot of this filly, all along,” said DePaulo, who has raced Miss Reginella in restricted company in each of her seven starts to date. “She had always trained really well.”

Miss Reginella, a $62,000 purchase here at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s select yearling sale, saw action just once at 2, finishing third in a maiden race at six furlongs.

“She was fighting a little bit of a shin at the time,” said DePaulo, who put away Miss Reginella after that Aug. 21 race and wintered her at Gail Wood’s nearby Woodland Farm.

After returning to win her maiden going 41/2 furlongs here April 3 and take her first allowance condition at 51/2 furlongs on April 28, Miss Reginella did not resurface until June 12.

Miss Reginella did not respond to rating tactics and ended fourth in that second-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs, beaten 7 1/4 lengths.

Her next start was also unproductive as Miss Reginella, trying turf for the first time in the seven-furlong Passing Mood on July 21, never threatened while beaten seven lengths as the seventh-place finisher.

“She had the one-hole, didn’t break well, and kind of got buried,” said DePaulo. “I wheeled her right back on the main track.”

Miss Reginella, returning on 10 days’ rest and cutting back to six furlongs, cleared her second allowance condition by a rather comfortable 1 1/4 lengths while being reoutfitted with blinkers after racing without that equipment in her last two starts.

But Miss Reginella now will be facing a major test as she tries two turns for the first time under Patrick Husbands, who has been aboard for each of her three wins.

“Her form doesn’t really show that she can get the two turns, but she acts like she wants to do that, and we think she will,” said DePaulo.

Miss Reginella tuned up for the Eternal Search here last Sunday with a five-furlong breeze in 1:03.20.

“I worked her with blinkers off, just let her kind of chill out,” said DePaulo. “She’s only going to wear a small set of ‘cheaters’ on Saturday.”

Your Round should like Sky Classic distance

Your Round, a recent addition to the barn of trainer Greg De Gannes, will be an outsider in Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic at 1 1/4 miles on the turf course.

A 5-year-old horse owned by Larry Doyle, Your Round has finished in the money six times while competing in 13 stakes races for his former trainer Mark Hubley but remains eligible for his second allowance condition after winning just 2 of 22 starts.

“He’s a pretty nice horse, who has run in some pretty decent company,” said De Gannes, who sent out Your Round for a second-place finish behind a red-hot Barreling Home in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer over 1 1/16 miles on the main track here July 24.

Your Round was making his second start of the season there after finishing third for Hubley in the same classification over 1 1/8 miles of turf on June 19.

“The further he goes, the stronger he gets in his training,” said De Gannes.. “I don’t think the distance will be an issue.”

Your Round has raced three times in turf routes and recorded his career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 91 when third in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby going 1 1/4 miles at Colonial Downs in the summer of 2008.

Patrick Husbands, who has ridden Your Round in each of his three local appearances, including a first-level allowance win over 1/18 miles of turf here last Oct. 30, retains the mount for the Sky Classic.

“He worked very, very well last Saturday,” said De Gannes, who had sent out Your Round to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the main track that morning. “This is a step up in class, but he’s doing well.”

Pizzaro returns from injury

Jockey Tyler Pizarro, who sustained a broken collar bone during a spill here July 10, will be back in action Saturday.

Pizarro, 24, who is represented by his sister, Kerry Beauclaire, has four mounts on the program.

Despite his absence, Pizarro stands 10th in races won at the meeting with 30 and his mounts have earned more than $1.3 million.

Sports Select remains sharp out of town

Sports Select, trained here by Terry Jordan, ran his seasonal record to 3 for 3 by winning an allowance sprint at Presque Isle Downs on Wednesday evening.

Anita Bolton, who is Jordan’s assistant here, was the trainer of record as Sports Select zipped five furlongs in 1:04.20 for a Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

“He’s a sprinter, and there are absolutely no races for him here,” said Jordan. “I had to find a race for him. You can’t leave him in the barn forever.”

Sports Select, winner of his debut and then third in a first-level allowance in his two starts here last year, cleared his first two allowance conditions in races here on April 17 and July 4 before making the trip to Pennsylvania.

“I don’t know how good he really is, but he’s a pretty handy horse to have around,” said Jordan.

Sports Select could make his stakes debut here Sept. 22 in the $100,000 King Corrie, a six-furlong overnight stakes.