06/10/2008 11:00PM

Not Bourbon cranks it up


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It didn't take long for Not Bourbon to get back to business after winning the 1o1/8-mile Plate Trial here on Sunday.

With regular rider Jono Jones in the irons, Not Bourbon breezed five furlongs in 59.40 seconds here Wednesday morning as he continues preparations for the 1o1/4-mile Queen's Plate on June 22.

"It didn't go exactly as I wanted it to," said Roger Attfield, who trains Not Bourbon for owner and breeder Charles Fipke. "He went too fast early."

Attfield said he caught Not Bourbon through an opening three furlongs in about 33 seconds.

"He walked back to the barn like nothing had happened," said Attfield. "I think I got hotter than he did, watching those first three-eighths.

"He's in great shape."

Plate hopeful Palmers breezes

Palmers, a Queen's Plate candidate trained by Mark Casse, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 on Wednesday.

Regular rider Patrick Husbands was aboard for the drill as Palmers worked in company with stablemate Anna Bella, a maiden 3-year-old filly who was timed in 1:02.80.

"The track wasn't quite as fast as it has been," said Casse. "I wasn't looking for much. Patrick was just trying to get him to relax."

Palmers, a homebred who races for Melnyk Racing Inc., won his maiden over one mile of sloppy going at Fair Grounds on Jan. 25 but has been blanked in four subsequent appearances.

In his two starts since returning to his home grounds, Palmers has made the lead in midstretch only to be run down late.

Palmers raced without blinkers for the first time in his last outing, a second-place finish to the good Florida-bred Barreling Home in a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles here May 24, and Casse said the blinkers would remain off for the $1 million Queen's Plate.

No Plate for Niagara Thunder

Niagara Thunder is off the Queen's Plate trail after being injured during a workout here Tuesday morning.

"His right hind ankle blew up, so we X-rayed it and found a little chip," said Alec Fehr, who trains Niagara Thunder for Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc.

Niagara Thunder was scheduled to undergo surgery and is expected to be out of action for two to three months.

David Clark rode Niagara Thunder in his last start, but New York-based Javier Castellano had the call for the Queen's Plate.

Centennial Farms and Fehr still plan to be represented in the Queen's Plate, by Sebastian's Song, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Plate Trial.

Fehr said Clark would retain the mount on Sebastian's Song.

Bear Now returns after surgery

Bear Now, the talented 4-year-old filly owned by Danny Dion's Bear Stable and trained by Reade Baker, breezed five furlongs in 59.60 with jockey Tyler Pizarro in the irons here Wednesday.

The workout was the first for Bear Now since she underwent surgery for an entrapped epiglottis following her third-place finish in the Grade 2 Allaire duPont Distaff at 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico on May 17.

"It was a quick and easy move, on a track that they're saying didn't play that fast," said Baker.

Bear Now's immediate target is next Saturday's Hill 'n' Dale, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

The Hill 'n' Dale offers a purse of $100,000, and the connections of the top three, in order of finish, can select 2009 breeding seasons to Stormy Atlantic, El Corredor, or Shakespeare.

Notonthesamepage arrives

Notonthesamepage, a colt trained by Wesley Ward, arrived at Woodbine on Wednesday for an engagement in Saturday's $150,000 Victoria, a five-furlong race that is the first stakes race of the meeting for 2-year-olds.

Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsay, Notonthesamepage is coming off a three-length win in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Churchill Downs, which earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 104.

Ward won with his only previous starter of the meeting when he shipped in My Sweet Natalie to win her maiden in her debut here Aprilo20.

Females prep for Dance Smartly

The first running of the new Tattling, a $100,000 race for fillies and mares, will be next Wednesday evening at 1o1/16 miles on turf.

The Tattling essentially replaces the allowance prep for the Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here July 12.

"It gives the fillies and mares another chance at some black type, and it gives us another Wednesday night stakes for television coverage," said Steve Lym, a director of racing here at Woodbine.

The Tattling, always for fillies and mares, was a 1 1/8-mile race here from 1956 through 1963, a 1 3/16-mile race at Greenwood from 1964 until that racetrack closed following its 1993 meet, and then a 1 1/8-mile race at Woodbine for one year before it was eliminated from the schedule.

Leonnatus Anteas out for the year

Leonnatus Anteas, Canada's champion male 2-year-old in 2006 who just missed repeating in the 3-year-old division last year, will not race again this season.

"He injured himself in his last work," said Kevin Attard, who trains Leonnatus Anteas for Knob Hill Stable. "He's probably going to the farm this week; we've just been doing some follow-up care on him here.

"If all goes well we'll bring him back in October and start legging him back up to go down to Florida, and go from there."

Leonnatus Anteas started just twice this year, finishing fourth in both the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap and the Grade 3 Ben Ali at Keeneland.

A winner of 5 of 11 career outings with two second-place finishes, Leonnatus Anteas has banked $648,219.