08/29/2007 11:00PM

'Raffles' seeks turf win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Catherine Day Phillips has had plenty of stakes success on the road this season with her very talented turf performer Jambalaya.

But Day Phillips is still looking for her first 2007 stakes score on the home front and will be looking to rectify that situation when she sends out Red Raffles in Sunday's Vice Regent here at Woodbine.

Red Raffles, winner of 3 of 7 starts this year, will be looking for his first turf win in the one-mile Vice Regent, a $125,000 race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds

"He's developed very nicely over the summer," said Day Phillips, who also owns Red Raffles with her husband, Todd Phillips.

Red Raffles finished seventh but was beaten just 1 1/4 lengths in the six-furlong Bold Ruckus here Juneo13, his only turf appearance.

"That was a tough race; it was a little bit short for him," Day Phillips said. "I think he got run off his feet a little bit early, but he was closing."

Following the Bold Ruckus, Red Raffles finished third in both the six-furlong Achievement and the seven-furlong Deputy Minister before winning a restricted second-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles here Aug. 3 in his first try around two turns.

"He handled that well," Day Phillips said.

"He seems to run hard down the lane. The extra room down the stretch on this turf course should suit him as well."

Jambalaya back to training

Jambalaya, winner of the Grade 1 Arlington Million in his last start on Aug. 11, is starting to get back into the swing of things following a brief respite.

"He was pretty tired when he came back from Arlington," Day Phillips said. "He had a little bit of an easy time, jogging and shed-rowing.

"He just started back serious training this week."

Jambalaya, who earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf with his Arlington Million score, will have his final prep in either the 1 3/8-mile Sky Classic here Sept. 23 or the 1 1/2-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Sept. 30.

"Right now, I'm leaning toward the Joe Hirsch," Day Phillips said.

Carroll works two for sales stakes

Trainer Josie Carroll sent out Edenwold and Broderick to breeze four furlongs on the main track here Thursday morning in preparation for their appearances in yearling sales stakes Monday.

Edenwold, who was clocked in 49 seconds, is slated for the Elgin, a 1o1/16-mile race for colts and geldings, 3 and up.

Broderick, who went in 48.80 seconds from the gate, is headed for the seven-furlong Simcoe for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

The Elgin and Simcoe are among six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the Monday program.

Edenwold was purchased for $100,000 here at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's yearling sale and went on to win last year's Queen's Plate.

The Elgin would be his first start since Feb. 11.

"I'm very excited about having him back," Carroll said.

Broderick, last year's sales-topper at $250,000, will be making his third start in the Simcoe. He has yet to win, having run third and second.

In his second start, at seven furlongs, Broderick was beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Turf War, a Kentucky-bred who is a full brother to recent Travers runner-up Grasshopper.

"I think ultimately he'll be a two-turn horse, but he ran a very good race at this distance and I think the horse that beat him is a very good horse," Carroll said.

Just in Case Jimmy works

Just in Case Jimmy, who also is eyeing the Elgin, breezed four furlongs in 49.20 seconds on the main track Thursday morning.

"He worked really well, I thought," trainer Roger Attfield said.

A 6-year-old gelding owned by Attfield and Bill Werner, Just in Case Jimmy captured the 2004 running of the Elgin but then failed to find the range in his next 14 races before winning for $40,000 in his first appearance in the claiming ranks here Julyo8. Just in Case Jimmy then doubled up for $50,000 in his last start on Aug. 1.

"I know he's happy," Attfield said. "He deserves a shot."

Lottacosta ships to Presque Isle

Lottacosta, who is based here at Woodbine with trainer John Ross, will run in the first race at the newly minted Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., on Saturday.

A Kentucky-bred owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, Lottacosta is among 10 entrants in the $100,000 Inaugural, a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Lottacosta will run in the name of John Ross's brother, Brian Ross, who has 10 stalls at Presque Isle.

Ray Sabourin, who piloted Lottacosta to victory in the five-furlong My Dear here last summer, has the mount.

'Love Me' wins Eternal Search

Favored You Will Love Me ($5.30) won her third Ontario-sired stakes of the meeting here Wednesday night in the $125,800 Eternal Search.

You Will Love Me stalked in second throughout most of the 1 1/16-mile route while Quite a Knightmare set slow fractions of 24.72 seconds, 49.23, and 1:13.61.

Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva put You Will Love Me into a drive exiting the far turn and she hit the front at the eighth pole en route to a three-quarter-length score in a time of 1:45.28.

Quite a Knightmare finished second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of third-place Dash It Darling, in the seven-horse field.

"She's a wonderful filly," trainer Earl Barnett said of You Will Love Me. "I'm so excited to have her in my barn."

You Will Love Me, who also won the Lady Angela and Passing Mood stakes this year, earned $75,000 in her first attempt around two turns.

Barnett and Da Silva also captured the first race on the card, a grass allowance, with Ifbutmaybewhen.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink