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Roan Inish injured, out for year
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Roan Inish, who was pointing for Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 21, has been injured and is through for at least the season.
“It’s very unfortunate, but there are worse things that can happen,” said Carolyn Costigan, who trains the homebred Roan Inish for her father, Bob Costigan.
On Tuesday morning, Roan Inish was found to have come up with a small tear in one of her tendons.
“We caught it very quickly,” said Costigan.
“There was the tiniest amount of pressure. We took an ultra-sound image immediately, and you could see just a little tear in her superficial anterior flexor tendon.”
Roan Inish is being sent to the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, where several avenues of treatment will be explored.
“Rest is the primary treatment, but hopefully we’ll get some answers from the diagnostic tools they have available there,” said Costigan.
“She’s very valuable to the family, emotionally. Everything will be done right by her, and whether she comes back into training remains a question.”
Roan Inish has been instrumental in launching the training career of Costigan, as she won the mile Princess Elizabeth here in her North American debut and captured the Woodbine Oaks before finishing a close third in the Queen’s Plate this season.
Rider David Moran, who had been with Roan Inish and Costigan when the filly began her career in Ireland, flew over for the Princess Elizabeth and for each of the filly’s three starts this year.
“She’s been a wonderful for everybody involved,” said Costigan. “She gave David Moran to showcase his ability after he worked so hard with her, and gave me the opportunity to show I could do the job and compete at the highest level.
“There are other horses in the barn, and I’m looking at new clients. We’ll go onwards and upwards, hopefully.”
Golden Moka possible for Travers
Golden Moka, winner of Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales when making his seasonal and North American bow on July 25, is a possibility for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 28.
“I’ve nominated him to a few spots,” said Brian Lynch, who sent out Golden Moka to breeze four furlongs on the dirt training track here Tuesday in his first recorded move since the Prince of Wales.
“I’ll probably be looking toward the Travers.”
Golden Moka, owned by Good Friends Stable, won over 1 3/16 miles on dirt in the Prince of Wales and would be traveling 1 1/4 miles in the Travers.
Big Red Mike back from break
Big Red Mike, who finished third in the Prince of Wales after winning the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate here July 4, checked back into Woodbine on Wednesday after getting a breather at nearby Huntington Stud Farm.
“Two days after the Prince of Wales, after we made sure everything was all right, we sent him out to Huntington,” said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to Big Red Mike’s trainer, Nick Gonzalez.
“We didn’t turn him out at all; we just let him eat some grass and freshen up. Now, we’ll start getting him ready for the Ontario Derby.
The $150,000 Ontario Derby, an open 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, will be run here on Sept. 25.
I’m No Toy going in Debutante,
In the meantime, Gonzalez will be sending out I’m No Toy for Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Debutante, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that attracted a field of just six.
I’m No Toy has seen action twice, getting up to win her five-furlong debut by a nose for a $62,500 claiming price and then ending a well-beaten eighth in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well.
“Her last race was one of those speed-golden days,” said Gonzalez. “She probably shouldn’t have run, the way the track was.
“Then, she got stopped a couple of times. She’ll like going a little further.”
Roxy Gap’s next uncertain
Roxy Gap, undefeated in two starts, was nominated to the Ontario Debutante but will not be participating.
On Wednesday, trainer Mark Casse sent out Roxy Gap to breeze five furlongs in 1:01.60 on the main track.
“We were just kind of stretching her legs,” said Casse. “We’ve thought about maybe running her in the Natalma. We’ll probably breeze her on the turf next week.”
The Natalma, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $250,000, will be run here Sept. 18.
Attfield pleased with works
Spice Route, Perfect Shirl and No Explaining all breezed over the turf training course here Wednesday for trainer Roger Attfield in preparation for upcoming turf stakes.
“They all worked very, very well,” said Attfield. “I was very happy with them.”
Spice Route, who was clocked in 1:00.80 under exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer, is headed for the Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic, a 1 3/8 mile race for 3-year-olds and upward here Aug. 22.
Perfect Shirl was timed in 50.40 seconds for four furlongs under jockey Chantal Sutherland and is eyeing the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 21. Sutherland is scheduled to make the trip to California.
No Explaining, who went five furlongs in 1:00.20 under Lorimer, is heading for the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Aug. 22.
Genius Kinshasha trying easier
Genius Kinshasha, who finished a distant fourth in the Grade 3 Singspiel over 1 1/2 miles on turf here July 4, will be facing easier here Saturday in the $100,000 With Approval over 1 1/8 miles of turf.
A field of eight was entered for the With Approval, an overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and upward.
“He just walked out of the gate last time,” said Vito Armata, who trains Genius Kinshasa. “He needs to be closer early.”
Multiple stakes winners Rahy’s Approval and Ice Bear head the With Approval lineup.
Hollywood Hit breezes on turf
Hollywood Hit, who had never raced or worked on turf, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 on the training course under his regular rider Jim McAleney here Wednesday.
“I’m not sure what to think,” said Terry Jordan, who trains Hollywood Hit for owner Peter Redekop. “I’ll have to talk with Jimmy some more, and just digest it a little bit.”
Hollywood Hit, a 6-year-old gelding, has been nominated to the Grade 2, $200,000 Play the King, a seven-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and upward here Aug. 29.