07/07/2008 12:00AM

Prince of Wales prospects work


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Took the Time journeyed down to Fort Erie on Monday and breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 in preparation for Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales.

Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is expected to attract eight or nine entrants, headed by Queen's Plate winner Not Bourbon.

Jim Bond, the trainer of both Solitaire and Pewter, remained uncertain on Monday about which horse he intends to ship from Saratoga to Fort Erie for the Prince of Wales.

Took the Time, who finished eighth in the Queen's Plate after being in touch early and then dropping back to last before rallying, had Patrick Husbands aboard and was equipped with blinkers for his Fort Erie drill.

"It wasn't a fast work, but it was a decent work," said Rickey Griffith, an assistant to Took the Time's trainer, Mark Casse. "He's a laid-back horse; he did it real easy. That's his nature."

Deputiformer and Pronger, both trained by Mike DePaulo, had their major Prince of Wales tune-ups on the training track's dirt surface here at Woodbine on Monday.

Deputiformer, who finished fourth in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, breezed five furlongs under jockey Jerry Baird in 59.60 seconds, the fastest of 15 works at the distance.

"He did it nice and easy - he was comfortable," said DePaulo. "He's a good work horse."

Pronger, who won his maiden at seven furlongs here last time out, went six furlongs in 1:13.60 under exercise rider Chris Garraway.

"It was a nice steady breeze, and he galloped out good," said DePaulo.

In other Prince of Wales developments:

* Harlem Rocker, who passed on the Queen's Plate after finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial at Woodbine, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.72 at Belmont on Sunday.

"He worked extremely well," said Todd Pletcher. "We're looking forward to running on the dirt at Fort Erie."

* Pewter and Solitaire both breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's main track, Pewter going in 1:00.05 on Monday and Solitaire in 1:02.01 on Sunday.

"They both breezed fabulous," said Bond. "We will be sending something; I just don't know how many and who."

Solitaire, a maiden after three starts, finished second in the Plate Trial and third after a wide trip in the Queen's Plate.

Pewter led early but faltered to finished last of seven in the Plate Trial,

"He's a dirt horse; he's not a Polytrack horse," said Bond.

* East End Tap, sixth in the Queen's Plate, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the training track here Sunday.

Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva was aboard for the workout, but Elvis Trujillo has the mount for the Prince of Wales.

"He was just his usual self; he's a lazy kind of horse," said trainer Reade Baker.

* Sebastian's Song, who ran 10th in the Queen's Plate, was scheduled to breeze here Tuesday.