06/09/2009 11:00PM

New rider for Mr. Foricos Two U


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mr. Foricos Two U has made each of his four starts in Ontario-sired company and has never run in a stakes race. But, based on an impressive win in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race here May 27, Mr. Foricos Two U is heading into the $1 million Queen's Plate with the look of a live longshot.

Trying two turns for the first time, Mr. Foricos Two U raced in seventh place early in the field of nine before rallying for a going-away two-length victory.

"The way in which he ran the race impressed me most," said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains Mr. Foricos Two U for Frank Annecchini and Rocco d'Alimonte. "He relaxed, and came running when called upon."

Mr. Foricos Two U will have a new rider for the June 21 Queen's Plate as Day Phillips has enlisted the services of Mike Smith. She noted that Mr. Foricos Two U has had a different jockey aboard for each of his four starts.

"I know Mike very well," she said. "I think he's an excellent rider, and he's won the Plate."

Smith's Queen's Plate success came with Awesome Again in 1997. His 25 career mounts at Woodbine also have included wins on Insight in the Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor in 1999, and on Lodge Hill in the $500,000 Breeders' in 2000.

Mr. Foricos Two U tuned up for the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here Wednesday morning with a five-furlong drill in 59.60, the fastest of 30 at the distance.

"He was very good," said assistant trainer Candice Bowyer, who was aboard for the workout. "It's very easy for him."

Mr. Foricos Two U worked in company with stablemate Altona Road, spotting that one about a half-length lead.

"Without Candice really asking much of him, he pulled in front by a couple of lengths," said Day Phillips. "The whole thing was very effortless."

Shut It Down to get his shot

Shut It Down also had his major Queen's Plate prep on Wednesday, working six furlongs in 1:12.40 under jockey Carl Defreitas, who works as an exercise rider for trainer Lorne Richards.

"He went well, just on his own," said Richards, who trains Shut It Down for K.K. Sangara.

Shut It Down, coming off a third-place finish behind My Bad in a restricted first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles here May 22, originally was slated to remain in allowance company. But when several contenders, including My Bad, fell prey to injuries, Shut It Down entered the picture.

"K.K. looked at all the probable runners, and with the few defections he decided to give it a shot," said Richards.

Shut It Down finished second after leading into the final furlong when opening up his campaign in the seven-furlong Queenston here May 2. The gelding was taken off the pace in his last start with an eye toward a possible Queen's Plate appearance.

"He did everything right but win," said Richards. "He didn't have the best trip, but he had a shot at the head of the lane if he'd kicked on."

Jim McAleney has been aboard Shut It Down in his two starts this year but is slated to ride Reservoir in the Queen's Plate. Tyler Pizarro, who rode Shut It Down to victory in the restricted Frost King over seven furlongs here last year and to his ninth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie, regains the mount.

As for Reservoir, he would have to be supplemented at a cost of $25,000, which includes the regular $10,000 entry fee.

Reservoir, conditioned by Julia Carey, was unraced at 2 but has won his two starts this season with McAleney in the irons for both. After beginning with a successful debut in a "B" maiden special at seven furlongs, Reservoir doubled up when facing older rivals in a first-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles of turf.

Rapid Release shows endurance

Rapid Release, with jockey Jono Jones in the irons, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 here Wednesday in preparation for a Queen's Plate appearance.

"It was a very nice breeze," said Roger Attfield, who trains Rapid Release for Dolantori Racing Stable. "He galloped out well, which we wanted him to do."

Rapid Release is coming off a closing third-place finish in the Plate Trial, his best effort in four starts since joining the Attfield outfit this winter.

Attfield preps turf pair

Spice Route and Callwood Dancer, a pair of talented Attfield runners, both breezed on the "good" turf training course Wednesday morning.

Spice Route, with McAleney aboard, earned the bullet for five furlongs with a 1:00 move

"He galloped out like a Trojan," said Attfield, who is pointing Spice Route for the $100,000 Singspiel here on Queen's Plate Day. The Singspiel, which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $100,000, is a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Callwood Dancer, under her regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, went a leisurely four furlongs in 50.60.

"We'll probably just cruise to the Dance Smartly with her," said Attfield.

Callwood Dancer, last year's Sovereign Award-winning turf female, is coming off a second-place finish over 1 1/16 miles of grass here in the May 30 Nassau. The Dance Smartly, which like the Nassau is Grade 2, $300,000 race for fillies and mares, goes over 1 1/8 miles of turf here July 11.