05/16/2005 11:00PM

Promontory latest 3-year-old casualty

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Canada's champion 2-year-old male, Wholelottabourbon, starts in Saturday's Grade 3 Marine at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Promon-tory has become the latest member of the 3-year-old stakes division at Woodbine to be sidelined by a significant injury.

A Kentucky-bred trained by David Bell, Promontory finished a close third in the six-furlong Woodstock on April 23.

Last Friday, Promontory worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.40 under jockey Jim McAleney in preparation for Saturday's Marine, a Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

But Promontory emerged from the drill with a knee problem, will be undergoing surgery in Kentucky, and is out for the season.

"He worked great; it was the best I've ever seen him," said a disappointed Bell.

Verne's Baby and Moonshine Justice, both of whom were considered serious Queen's Plate candidates, also were nominated to the Marine but fell by the wayside last week.

Verne's Baby, trained by Sid Attard, had won the seven-furlong Queenston here May 7 but came back with chips in a knee and will not return this season.

Moonshine Justice, trained by Dave Cotey, finished third in the Queenston but will be out for approximately three months with a hairline fracture of a right hind tibia.

Enough Is Enough, the runner-up in that race, came out in good order but may be the latest victim of the Queenston curse.

Steve Attard, who trains Enough Is Enough, said the colt suffered a bruised foot while galloping Tuesday morning.

"My veterinarian and my blacksmith assure me everything is going to be okay," said Attard.

'Bourbon' drills for Marine

Wholelottabourbon, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old male and won the Woodstock in his first start of the year, is slated to try two turns for the first time in the Marine.

Monday, at his Fort Erie base, Wholelottabourbon worked a bullet four furlongs in an eye-popping 45.60 seconds with jockey Francine Villeneuve in the irons.

"It was a little quick, actually," said trainer Nick Gonzalez. "But watching him breeze, he was doing it pretty easy. He was traveling awesome.

"He cooled out great," added Gonzalez, "and was wild [Tuesday] morning."

Lakeville Rush on the fence

Wholelottabourbon could face some serious front-end pressure from Lakeville Rush, if he runs in the Marine.

Dave Dwyer, trainer and co-owner of Lakeville Rush, has not committed to the Marine but was thrilled after the gelding worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the training track last Saturday. Jim McAleney was aboard for the drill, which was by far the best of 22 at the distance.

"He was just breezing," said Dwyer. "Jimmy just sat on the horse. He's doing really well."

Lakeville Rush, a Florida-bred, finished second to Get Down in his 6 1/2-furlong debut here last October and was a 12 1/4-length winner when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles on the final day of the meeting.

After subpar efforts at Aqueduct and on the Ocala Breeders' Championship card, Lakeville Rush returned to Woodbine and was a front-running 6 1/2-length winner of a first-level allowance at six furlongs.

"When horses get their confidence, they're deadly," said Dwyer. "He's just starting to get his confidence. And, he really likes Woodbine."

Get Down's status uncertain

Get Down, also on the fence for the Marine, is another horse with a fondness for this oval, with a 3-for-3 record here and a distant 10th-place finish in his only other start, at Tampa Bay Downs.

Get Down, a Manitoba-bred trained by Nancy Triola, was an 8 1/2-length winner in his seasonal debut in a second-level allowance at seven furlongs here May 8. His connections could choose to await the $150,000 Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds on June 5.

Mobil sharpens for Eclipse

Mobil tuned up for Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 Eclipse Handicap by working a mile over the main track in 1:42.20 Tuesday morning. Regular rider Todd Kabel was in the irons.

"It was a good move, over that track," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil.

Canada's reigning champion older male, Mobil will be the 124-pound highweight in the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse.

Mobil finished second as the 124-pound highweight in the seven-furlong Vigil here April 30.

Judiths Wild Rush, the Vigil winner under 120 pounds, will pick up two pounds for the Eclipse. He also had his final prep for the race here Tuesday, getting six furlongs in 1:14 on the main track.

A Bit O'Gold, Canada's champion 3-year-old male and third in the Vigil, also is Eclipse bound.

In his major Eclipse tune-up here last Saturday, A Bit O'Gold breezed five furlongs over a good main track in 1:01.40.

Gold Strike tunes up for Selene

Gold Strike worked six furlongs in 1:14.40 here Tuesday and is on target for Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, an open race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Jim McAleney, who piloted Gold Strike to a second-place finish in the six-furlong Star Shoot here April 24, was aboard for the drill.

"She's such a long-winded-filly," said McAleney. "She will run as well long as she does short."

Gold Strike, a Manitoba-bred, is eyeing the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here June 12.

Lemon Maid, the Star Shoot winner, also is expected for the Selene but is a Kentucky-bred.