10/16/2005 11:00PM

Pyramid Park led a maiden-dominated Cup and Saucer

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Pyramid Park ($108.40) wins the $253,200 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Maidens were in the majority in Sunday's $253,200 here at Woodbine, with eight of the 13 Canadian-bred 2-year-olds looking for their first win.

One got it - Pyramid Park, who registered a convincing victory under Slade Callaghan at 53-1. But perhaps even more surprisingly, there was only one winner to crack the top seven, French Beret, who ran third.

Michael Doyle, who trains Pyramid Park, also sent out Thunder Bowl, who ran fourth.

And while Pyramid Park's success obviously was a shock to many, Doyle was taking it all in stride here Monday morning.

"I had this mind in race for quite a while," he said. "He looked like 'turf' - his mother, Heavenley Lark, was all turf."

Pyramid Park, a homebred colt who races for Eaton Hall Farm, had started three times before the Cup and Saucer. He ran sixth at six furlongs on the main track here Aug. 13, then debuted on turf with a solid fourth-place finish at seven furlongs on Sept. 3.

"His maiden turf race was very good," said Doyle. "He was only beaten two lengths, and he ran very greenly."

Pyramid Park was scheduled to run next in a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on grass here Sept. 28, but the race was taken off the turf and run at a mile and 70 yards.

"He needed a race or a serious work, so when it came off I went ahead and ran him," said Doyle.

Pyramid Park finished fourth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths.

Pyramid Park is nominated to the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Nov. 6.

"I might give him a shot there," said Doyle. "He's been wanting to go long all the time."

Bull Page ends well for Colebrook

It was almost as easy as one-two-three for trainer Frank Passero and owner-breeder Colebrook Farm here in last Saturday's $126,600 Bull Page.

Passero certainly wasn't complaining after sending out Foxy Money and Trail Fox to finish one-two, as well as fifth-place finisher Believer's War, in the six-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Foxy Money, Trail Fox, and Believer's War all came into the Bull Page off wins.

Foxy Money, who had won his debut for a tag, was 28-1 under Richard Dos Ramos, who was aboard for the first time.

Trail Fox, seeking his third consecutive score, was the third choice at 6-1, and Believer's War, seeking his second straight win, was the fourth choice at 8-1.

"My praise will go to Dos Ramos, for a job well done," said Passero, admitting that he preferred Trail Fox's chances but was concerned that, like Trail Fox, Foxy Money had a tendency toward early speed.

"He could have hooked Trail Fox at any time and chose not to," he said. "We had spoken earlier and thought that could happen to us. He rode a super, smart race."

Foxy Money came into the Bull Page off just one previous start, a win at five furlongs for a $60,000 claiming tag here Sept. 10.

"I was training him for this race, but he was an unknown factor," said Passero. "He'd been away awhile, and you when you've only won one race you don't know how good you are."

Foxy Money, Trail Fox, and Believer's War all are candidates for the $125,000 Frost King, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Colebrook Farm master John Brnjas was reveling in his latest homebred 2-year-old success, the outfit's ninth win of the year.

"It's exciting; things are finally coming around at the farm itself," said Brnjas. "A lot of the credit goes to the team back there."

That team includes Tom Bowden, who now is the farm trainer for Colebrook but used to train here for Brnjas for several years.

Cryptograph attains long-sought goal

There was nothing secretive about plans for Cryptograph when he was shipped here to trainer Malcolm Pierce this summer.

Cryptograph, a Kentucky-homebred 4-year-old who races for the Pin Oak Stable of Josephine Abercrombie, certainly has held up his end of the project thus far, winning Saturday's Grade 3, $161,050 Durham Cup Handicap in his second appearance at Woodbine.

"The goal when the Pin Oak people shipped him here was to run him in an allowance race and then wait for the Durham Cup," said Pierce.

Cryptograph finished a closing second in his local bow, a 1 1/16-mile classified allowance race on Aug. 26.

But Pierce believes having a race over the track, which had been the 10th different course on which Cryptograph had run in his first 16 career starts, was less important than the presence of jockey Todd Kabel.

"It probably got Todd to know this horse better," said Pierce after watching Cryptograph rally from last place in the field of six to win the Durham Cup by 2 3/4 lengths.

Cryptograph broke last in the Durham Cup. "He grabbed a quarter quite badly leaving the gate," said Pierce. "He over-reached himself. But he's going to be fine. He's got plenty of time to his next start."

That race, which also has been on Cryptograpgh's agenda since his arrival, is the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup Handicap, at 1 1/16 miles here Nov. 19.

* Knights Templar tuned up for her projected appearance in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Oct. 29 with a sharp five furlongs in 58.80 seconds over the fast main track here last Saturday. The drill was the quickest of 37 at the distance.