Updated on 09/16/2011 8:47AM

Pick six payout is mandatory


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine will be offering a mandatory pick six payout on Saturday, in order to disperse the $7,066 that had accumulated in the pool prior to the wager's suspension.

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency had ordered a halt to all pick six, Win 4, and superfecta wagering on Nov. 12 in order to review parimutuel procedures in the wake of the Breeders' Cup pick six scandal.

Superfecta wagering was reinstated on Nov. 18 following discussions between the CPMA, racing industry officials, and the tote companies.

Saturday's pick six will be offered on races 7-12 but CPMA regulations mandate that the wager will be available only through sites that use Woodbine's Autotote hub. Customers in the United States will be among those unable to participate.

Impeachthepro ships north again

Impeachthepro, a New York-bred 5-year-old who has been based at Finger Lakes with trainer Mike Ferraro, experienced mixed results in his first two trips to Woodbine.

Impeachthepro will be looking to tilt his local ledger to the plus side when he goes to the post in Saturday's $137,500 Kennedy Road Stakes, at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

In his first local appearance, which came in a classified allowances sprint on Sept. 29, 2001, Impeachthepro earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his sharp score at seven furlongs.

But in his return almost exactly one year later, competing in a similar race on Sept. 28, Impeachthepro showed little of his customary fire and wound up 11 1/2 lengths behind as the sixth-place finisher in a field of seven.

"[Jockey Patrick Husbands] said he didn't handle the racetrack at all," said Bobby Pion, who is Impeachthepro's trainer of record here. "It was greasy on the bottom, or something. That race was a throw-out."

Impeachthepro, a winner of 15 of 27 lifetime starts and $454,509 for Ferraro, Nick Laneve, and William Warner, rebounded from that dull effort here to finish a close fifth in Belmont's Hudson Handicap and then win a six-furlong classified allowance race at The Meadowlands.

John Grabowski, who rode Impeachthepro to victory in the 2001 Hudson, will travel here for the mount on Saturday. He also has mounts on two other Finger Lakes shippers for the same connections.

One is Brite Prospector, an 8-year who was claimed for $25,000 last fall, lost for $20,000 at Belmont this June, and then was re-claimed for $25,000 from her next start there.

Brite Prospector, who was stakes-placed in her younger days, will race for a $35,000 claiming price in the 11th race.

Wild Whiskey on shelf

Wild Whiskey, a speedy 3-year-old colt by Whiskey Wisdom who had been pointing for the Kennedy Road, didn't make the race after suffering a bruised foot.

John Ross, who trains Wild Whiskey for Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner, said the colt would be spending a few weeks on the farm here in Ontario before heading south to join his string at Classic Mile Farm in Ocala, Fla.

"We'll slowly start him up after Christmas," said Ross, who sent out Wild Whiskey to win the Woodstock here on April 20.

The Ross outfit's first load of 14 horses, which arrived at Classic Mile on Wednesday, included Arco's Gold, the 2-year-old colt who was undefeated in three starts here for owners Alex and Steven DiIorio.

Arco's Gold had capped his campaign with a victory in the Coronation, in which he dead-heated for the win but was awarded sole possession of first place upon the disqualification of Mobil.

Black Label fresh and fit

Black Label, a gelding by Whiskey Wisdom, will be looking for his first stakes win in Sunday's Kingarvie, the 1 1/16 mile co-feature, for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

"I like his chances," said Joe Walls, who trains Black Label for Shelter Valley Farm and his wife, Carol Walls. "I think he's coming to the race really great."

Black Label finished seventh when he made his debut in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race here on Sept. 28. He then graduated in workmanlike fashion when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles at the $40,000 claiming level on Oct. 18.

While the Kingarvie will be Black Label's first start in more than six weeks, Walls doesn't see the time off as a concern.

"I'm not worried about it," Walls said. "He's fit, and I think he's a genuine two-turn horse."

The Kingarvie will go as the sixth race on Sunday's 12-race card and will be featured on the final 2002 Thoroughbred telecast of "Woodbine Post Time on Sportsnet," which will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Chopinina not on guest list

Chopinina, who finished second here in the Grade 1 Atto Mile and is a finalist in the filly/mare turf category, didn't receive an invitation to the Dec. 15 Hong Kong Mile and will not race again this year.

"The way this filly was training, I was very excited about it," said Alec Fehr, who trains Chopinina for the Knob Hill Stable of Steve Stavro.

"She'll be taking probably about four weeks off and then we'll put her back into light training, start jogging her, and bringing her back for next year."

* Larry Regan, president of the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, is undergoing tests in hospital after suffering a recent heart attack.

Regan and Sam Lima, his vice president and longtime colleague with the HBPA, were honored for their 25 years of service to the organization at its recent general meeting.