10/11/2007 11:00PM

Quijano arrives for Canadian International

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quijano, winner of the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden at Germany's Baden-Baden last time out, checked in early Thursday evening for Sunday's $2omillion Canadian International.

As of Friday, the list of candidates for the Grade 1 Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, numbered 13 horses.

European shippers Ask, Honolulu, Irish Wells, and Oracle West were scheduled to arrive late Sunday.

Cloudy's Knight, General Jumbo, Linda's Lad, Stream of Gold, and Sunriver were to arrive from south of the border earlier in the week.

The local hopefuls are Sky Conqueror, Sterwins, and Windward Islands.

Quijano, who is trained by Peter Schiergen and will be ridden by Andrasch Starke, earned his fifth victory in seven starts this season in the 1 1/2-mile Grosser Preis von Baden.

Youmzain, the fourth-place finisher in that race, came back to lose by a head in last Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Locals one-two in Keeneland stakes

Woodbine-based horses Wind in My Wings and Lickety Lemon finished one-two at Keeneland on Thursday in the $150,000 Jessamine, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies.

Wind in My Wings, an Ontario-bred owned by Craig Singer and trained by Reade Baker, notched her second straight win after graduating over one mile of turf here Sept. 21.

Baker is hoping the Jessamine is a harbinger of future success on the road as Bear Now, a 3-year-old filly that he trains, is all dressed up and ready to go in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.

Jerry Baird, who rode Bear Now to a two-length victory in the Grade 2 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 22, retains the call.

Bear Now will have a traveling companion to Monmouth - Jazz Nation, who was an impressive winner of his debut over five furlongs here Oct. 8. Jazz Nation's target is the $250,000 Favorite Trick, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Oct. 26.

Owned by Zayat Stable, Jazz Nation was a $135,000 purchase at Ocala this April.

"He's got quick feet," said Baker. "I thought he'd run a really good race first time. He's got some idiosyncrasies in the way he runs; he tries to get out. I ran him in a closed blinker."

Jim McAleney has the call on Jazz Nation.

Baker: Giant Gambit can handle it

Baker will saddle the maiden Giant Gambit in Sunday's $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Giant Gambit has run second in two of his three starts.

"I haven't tried him on turf, but he's run a good race every time," said Baker. "This doesn't seem out of reach to me."

Giant Gambit finished second in his last start, which came over a mile and 70 yards here Sept. 15. The winner, Cool Gator, came back to finish second to the Breeders' Cup-bound invader Globetrotter here in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Grey Stakes.

Mrs. Began, who also is a maiden after three outings, is scheduled to represent the Baker stable in Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Also owned by Zayat Stable, Mrs. Began already has run in two stakes races, finishing third when debuting in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well and fourth most recently in the seven-furlong Muskoka.

Ted Labanowich remembered

The backstretches and grandstands at Woodbine and Fort Erie will be less colorful places without Ted Labanowich, who died in a Hamilton, Ontario, hospital on Thursday at age 74 following a battle with stomach cancer.

Labanowich, in his roles as the longtime racing columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and the Fort Erie correspondent for Daily Racing Form, made the racetracks his playground, cruising about with a smile on his face and his ever-present tape recorder in hand.

But, even more than the horses and the people, what Labanowich loved most was handicapping, which he considered to be not only a pastime but a livelihood.

A man who generated his own speed figures even before the concept went mainstream, Labanowich toiled long and hard but happily at his craft.

He could talk at length upon the importance of the wind on fractional and final times, an angle that he considered to be one of his "edges" over his competitors at the mutuel windows.

Labanowich had dubbed himself "The King" after orchestrating a major pick seven score some years ago, and the nickname was perpetuated by his many friends and colleagues over the years.

Labanowich also had an ongoing fascination with the Spanish language, and spent his hours traveling to and from the racetrack listening to instructional tapes.

So it is appropriate to say, on behalf of Labanowich's many friends and colleagues: Adios, amigo.

A memorial service for Labanowich will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Friscolanti Funeral Chapel, 43 Barton Street East, Hamilton.

There also will be a memorial service at Woodbine sometime next month.

Labanowich is survived by his wife, Linda; children Daniel, Tom, and Sandra; grandchildren Stephen and Brandon; sisters Violet and Irene; and sister-in-law Betty.

Condolences can be paid at friscolanti.com and donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated.