Updated on 09/16/2011 7:45AM

Phantom Light on bubble for Wales


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Roger Attfield found himself on the horns of an unexpected dilemma Tuesday morning.

Attfield had just watched Phantom Light, a 3-year-old colt he trains for Stronach Stable, breeze six furlongs in 1:16 on the Woodbine training track under jockey Robert Landry.

Phantom Light, who raced just twice as a 2-year-old, had gotten a late start to his current campaign.

But he had shown plenty of potential when he did reappear, winning his maiden by seven lengths over 1 1/16 miles here June 20 and earning a shot at Fort Erie's July 21 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Shortly after Phantom Light's Tuesday tune-up, Attfield learned that the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, which will be limited to 12 starters with preference based on career earnings, could be oversubscribed.

And with 13 horses eyeing the $500,000 Prince of Wales as of Tuesday the odd horse out would be Phantom Light, whose bankroll of $51,100 would be the lowest on the totem pole.

In the meantime, Phantom Light also is nominated to the $150,000 Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds here Saturday.

"I think he'd move up on the turf," said Attfield.

Meanwhile, the potential Wales field includes the first eight finishers from the Queen's Plate here June 23: T J's Lucky Moon, Anglian Prince, Forever Grand, Ford Every Stream, Fuzzy Star, Shaws Creek, Barbeau Ruckus, and Classic Mike.

The new faces looking to the Wales are Bravely, Mister Coop, Questing Knight, Le Cinquieme Essay, and Phantom Light.

All but Le Cinquieme Essay, who is stabled at Fort Erie, and Fuzzy Star, who is based at Delaware Park, are trained here at Woodbine.

Goldies Legacy out of Colin

Goldies Legacy, an Ontario-bred 2-year-old colt who was an impressive winner of his debut for trainer Sid Attard here June 15, will miss Sunday's $125,000 Colin Stakes due to a pus pocket in his foot.

A similar problem kept Goldies Legacy out of the June 29 Clarendon, which was restricted to Canadian-breds. The Colin is an open race at six furlongs.

Goldies Legacy, who is owned by his breeder, Bob Harvey, in partnership with Ken Henwood, had returned to the track last week after missing several days of training.

"He went good for a few days," said Attard. "From now on I think it's going to be okay, but we'll have to miss this race."

Goldies Legacy earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 80 when he scored by 3 1/4 lengths as the 1-2 choice in his first start.

"I really think he's a good horse," said Attard.

With Goldies Legacy sidelined the Colin choice could be Tackling Stress, a 9 3/4-length winner at five furlongs of his debut June 23. He is trained and part-owned by Dave Cotey.

Rights Reserved, second to Goldies Legacy in his second start, also should attract his share of support. He is trained and co-owned by Gail Casselman.

Early Wisdom makes 2002 debut

Early Wisdom, one of the more promising Woodbine-based 2-year-olds of 2001, is slated to make his first start of the year in Thursday's feature, a nonwinners-of-two allowance for Ontario-sired runners.

A field of seven was drawn for the six-furlong sprint, which is worth $63,500.

Early Wisdom, a gelded son of Whiskey Wisdom, ran second behind talented Davids Expectation in his second lifetime start on Sept. 15. He won his maiden in a romp three weeks later when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 72.

Early Wisdom has worked encouragingly in recent weeks for trainer Brian Ottaway, but might need a race or two to get back in the zone. Todd Kabel, his rider in all three of his starts, has the mount.

Early Wisdom is a half-brother to the promising 2-year-old filly Mountain Dawn, who was a narrowly beaten second here in last Sunday's Shady Well Stakes. His dam, rapid sprinter Early Blaze, blazed a trail here in the mid-1990's, winning four stakes while banking nearly $400,000 for Ottaway and owner Ken Ham, who also owns Early Wisdom in partnership with his son, Mike.

Lining up against Early Wisdom will be Telemark, Max the Great, Boy Bandit, Regal Mister, Stormy Lover, and Crease Infraction.

* Jockey Mickey Walls has been fined $200 and placed on probation for the balance of the racing season. The stewards ruled Walls had "exhibited improper conduct and used indecent language towards security personnel in the performance of their duties."

* Patrick Husbands has been fined $200 "for failing to persevere on his mount," third-place finisher Outright Forum, in the second race here June 27. The stewards ruled Husbands had stood up before the wire.

* Todd Kabel has been fined $500 for misuse of his whip during the seventh race here June 30. The stewards ruled Kabel had cut his mount, winner Wordly Navy, on the right flank and caused a welt on the underside of the horse.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink