07/11/2011 11:48AM

Pender Harbour finishes strong in Prince of Wales work

Michael Burns
Pender Harbour will be ridden by Luis Contreras in Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Pender Harbour, third in the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate on June 26, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the dirt training track Monday at Woodbine in preparation for Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales Stakes.

The field for Sunday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales, which is run over 1 3/16 miles of Fort Erie’s dirt oval and is the second leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be announced 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Pender Harbour will be among the choices in the Prince of Wales, with his appeal being enhanced by the presence of Luis Contreras, who had piloted Inglorious to victory in the Queen’s Plate but was open after that filly’s connections opted to head for the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga.

On Monday, Contreras was in the irons as Pender Harbour got his opening three-quarters in 37.20 seconds and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

“He finished strong,” trainer Mike DePaulo said. “That was great; just what we wanted.”

Hippolytus, the Queen’s Plate runner-up at 60-1, shipped down to Fort Erie on Sunday morning and breezed five furlongs in 1:02 under regular rider Tyler Pizarro.

Penthouse View, another Casse trainee, had vanned down along with Hippolytus for the workout.

“He’s a real good workhorse,” Casse said. “He broke off about four lengths in front, but Hippolytus caught him and beat him by a length.”

Hippolytus also schooled in the paddock at Fort Erie, before the second race.

Check Your Soul, who had been favored in the Queen’s Plate but emerged from his seventh-place finish a little the worse for wear, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 under regular rider Patrick Husbands on the training track here Sunday.

“I wanted to work him on dirt,” trainer Roger Attfield said. “He worked on dirt at Payson Park, but he hasn’t worked on it since.”

Despite his satisfaction, Attfield is not yet prepared to declare Check Your Soul a definite Prince of Wales candidate.

“It’s still day-to-day,” he said.

Oban and Welloiledmachine, both trained by Mike Keogh, breezed five furlongs on the training track here Sunday.

Emile Ramsammy was aboard Oban, who was clocked in 1:01.20, while Jim McAleney partnered Welloiledmachine, who went in 1:02.

Oban is a maiden after five starts, while Welloiledmachine most recently finished second to an older rival in a first-level allowance race at Fort Erie.

Bowman’s Causeway, who finished fourth in the Queen’s Plate, breezed four furlongs in 50 seconds at Saratoga on Sunday and is to arrive at Fort Erie later this week. Eurico Rosa da Silva has the return call.

Oh Canada, who weakened to finish 13th of 17 in the Queen’s Plate after battling on the lead, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 on the main track here Sunday.

“I decided to work him on Polytrack,” trainer Bob Tiller said. “It’s more tiring, and I thought that was what he needed.”

Oh Canada had raced with blinkers for the first time in the Queen’s Plate but worked without the equipment Sunday.

“I was very disappointed with his race in the Plate,” Tiller said. “I put the blinkers on him, but the horse simply ran off.

Contreras was in the irons for the drill, but Tiller has not yet settled upon a rider for Oh Canada in the Prince of Wales.

Curgone, 10th in the Queen’s Plate after dueling with Oh Canada, had been scheduled to proceed to the Prince of Wales but will not be making the trip because of a leg injury, trainer Greg DeGannes said.