07/09/2006 11:00PM

Prince of Wales contenders fine-tune


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fort Erie's $500,000 Prince of Wales, the 1 3/16-mile race on Sunday that is the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, is expected to draw a field of eight or nine, and several candidates had their final tune-ups here at Woodbine and elsewhere over the last few mornings.

Edenwold, winner of the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here June 25, vanned down to Fort Erie Monday to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.80 with the cones out and the track rated good. Regular rider Emile Ramsammy was aboard Edenwold, who is scheduled to be back at his Woodbine base until Sunday morning.

Edenwold, owned by Jim and Alice Sapara and trained by Josie Carroll, was Canada's champion 2-year-old male last year.

Sterwins, the Queen's Plate runner-up, worked five furlongs at Belmont Park on Monday in 1:01.29 and is scheduled to arrive at Fort Erie on Thursday.

John Velazquez piloted Sterwins in the Queen's Plate but the horse's trainer, Todd Pletcher, had not confirmed his rider for the Prince of Wales as of Monday.

Shillelagh Slew, fifth in the Queen's Plate in just his second start of the season off a seven-furlong opener eight weeks earlier, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on the training track here at Woodbine on Monday. Regular rider Dino Luciani was aboard for the drill, which came over a track rated fast in the early training hours.

"He worked probably better than he's ever worked before," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Shillelagh Slew for owner David James.

Pipers Thunder, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial but a well-beaten sixth in the Queen's Plate, worked six furlongs on Sunday at his Chiefswood Farm base in 1:13. Eric Coatrieux, who trains Pipers Thunder, said that Pipers Thunder worked in company with Chiefswood stablemate Mint Prospect, a 4-year-old sprint specialist. Regular rider Ray Sabourin was aboard for the drill.

Ascot Bill, fourth in the Queen's Plate, went six furlongs in 1:14.80 on the training track here Saturday under exercise rider Darren Fortune.

"He looks like he's all set, ready to go," said Steve Attard, who trains Ascot Bill for owner-breeder Les Pereira. "This horse is so wild, I can't keep him on the ground. The more he runs, the more he wants to run."

Stormkick, who would be making his stakes debut in the Prince of Wales, worked five furlongs here Saturday in 1:02.20.

Cifercat, who finished eighth in the Queen's Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 here Saturday under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos.

"He did it nice and easy," said Abraham Katryan, who trains Cifercat for Bruno Schickedanz. "We'll see how he does this week. he has a couple of other options here."

Malakoff, owner by Stronach Stable and trained Brian Lynch, finished third in the Queen's Plate and will be galloping up to the Prince of Wales.

Royal Challenger, a stablemate of Malakoff's, also is under consideration for the Prince of Wales.

Entries for the Prince of Wales are due by 10 a.m. Wednesday and the field will be announced at a special draw beginning at 4 p.m.