05/04/2008 11:00PM

Not Bourbon relaxes to get best of rival


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Not Bourbon was unable to run down Stuck in Traffic when both were making their seasonal bows in the six-furlong Achievement here April 12.

But last Saturday's seven-furlong Queenston was a much different story as Not Bourbon, under his regular rider, Jono Jones, blew past Stuck in Traffic turning for home and drew off to an emphatic victory.

Trainer Roger Attfield, watching the Queenston from home while he continues his recuperation from a serious foot injury, was concerned when he saw Not Bourbon washing out on his way to the starting gate.

However, Not Bourbon was a cool customer in the race itself as he stalked the runaway leader, Stuck in Traffic, before roaring by en route to a five-length victory.

"He did it the right way," Attfield said. "He's doing everything I expect of him right now. He's really relaxing very well."

Relaxing early will remain the key for Not Bourbon as he will stretch out for his next start on a road that Attfield hopes will lead to the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate on June 22.

Not Bourbon is nominated to the Grade 3 Marine, an open 1 1/16-mile race here May 17, and will be nominated to the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial for Canadian-breds here June 1.

"You sort of can only do one," Attfield said. "I have done the Marine and the Plate Trial and gone to the Plate, but it's kind of a tall order. We'll have to see what we think makes the most sense."

If all had gone according to plan, Not Bourbon would have tried two turns last fall.

"I wish he hadn't got sick in the Frost King," said Attfield, who had watched Not Bourbon finish fourth behind Stuck in Traffic in that seven-furlong stakes. "Then we could have made the Kingarvie and seen him run around two turns as a 2-year-old. It makes a big difference."

Runners by Not Impossible impress

Not Bourbon was the second Charles Fipke homebred sired by Not Impossible to win here for Attfield and Jones this week.

Last Wednesday night, Impossible Time made a winning debut in an Ontario-sire maiden race at six furlongs, getting off to a slow start but rallying up the rail to score by 1 1/2 lengths.

And, Not Impossible has another promising performer in Society's Chairman, who is owned by Fipke but was bred by Erroll Bailey.

Society's Chairman debuted this winter at the advanced age of 5, winning at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream on March 12 while sporting a $75,000 claiming tag.

Six weeks later, in the final race of the Keeneland meeting, Society's Chairman moved into first-level allowance company and doubled up smartly at one mile on turf.

"He's fractured a number of different parts of his body," said Attfield, explaining Society Chairman's late start. "Everything's in good shape now; let's just hope he stays that way. He's a pretty nice horse."

Society's Chairman is slated to make his local debut in the Grade 3, $150,000 Connaught Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race that will be the first turf stakes of the meeting here May 25.

Stuck in Traffic to stretch out

Nick Gonzalez, who trains Stuck in Traffic, was not overly discouraged by his horse's defeat.

"I was proud of the way my horse ran," Gonzalez said. "He was game enough; he was just second best."

Stuck in Traffic also is untested around two turns, as he was one of three horses who were late vet scratches in the Kingarvie following some skirmishing at the gate.

So, Gonzalez also will be looking to try Stuck in Traffic in the Marine or the Plate Trial before deciding whether to proceed to the $1 million Queen's Plate.

"One way or another, it's time to answer the question," Gonzalez said. "Maybe he wouldn't be so headstrong going into the clubhouse turn."

Kesagami disappoints in '08 debut

Kesagami, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity here last fall, broke awkwardly and trailed throughout the five-horse Queenston to be beaten 27 1/4 lengths while making his seasonal debut.

"He'd trained so well, but he just didn't run at all," said Sid Attard, who trains Kesgami for owner/breeder Mel Lawson. "We scoped him, but we didn't find anything. It was just one of those things."

Attard is not about to give up on Kesagami as a Queen's Plate candidate and will probably run the colt in the Plate Trial, which he and Lawson won last year with Jigg's Coz.

Sudsy Baby, Quelle Beaute to Hendrie

Attfield plans to start both Sudsy Baby and Quelle Beaute in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hendrie, a 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Sudsy Baby and Quelle Beaute, both 5-year-olds, made their first starts of the meeting in the Grade 3, six-furlong Whimsical on April 20.

"There's really nowhere else to run them," Attfield said. "One's a three-other-than, the other's a four-other-than.

"You either sweat out one of those races managing to go, or you don't run."

The Whimsical was Sudsy Baby's seasonal bow and she finished a closing fifth, beaten three lengths.

Quelle Beaute, who had finished third in one start at Gulfstream and fifth in an appearance at Keeneland, also closed willingly in the Whimsical and wound up seventh, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

"They both ran well enough," Attfield said.