06/26/2003 11:00PM

Rock Again injured in Queen's Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rock Again, third-place finisher here in last Sunday's Queen's Plate, was injured during the running of that race and probably will not see action again this season.

"He ended up with a little hairline [fracture] in a back leg," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Rock Again for Stronach Stable.

"He's going home. There's no surgery involved. He'll have a rest, and time to heal. You never know how long that'll be.

"Those things, you've got to just X-ray them every month and see how they're healing," Pierce added. "But, I'd basically say he's probably finished for the year."

Rock Again, who left Friday for nearby Adena Springs North, finished second to Mobil in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, beaten 1 1/2 lengths before his respectable run in the 1 1/4-mile Plate.

"It's too bad," said Pierce. "He's a nice little horse, and he ran game."

Added Edge nears comeback

Added Edge, who emerged from his last-place finish in Gulfstream Park's Feb. 18 Fountain of Youth with a chip fracture in his right knee, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.40 on the main track here Friday and is on the verge of resuming his racing career. Regular rider Patrick Husbands was aboard for the drill.

"He looks great," said Greg DeGannes, a veterinarian and assistant to Added Edge's trainer, Mark Casse. "He's ready to go."

Added Edge, owned by Team Valor and Robert Wilson, was perfect last year in a four-start juvenile campaign which earned him the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old male.

Baze on Attest in Dominion Day 'Cap

Trainer Lorne Richards said Friday that he has recruited Russell Baze to ride Attest in Tuesday's Grade 3, $250,000 Dominion Day Handicap.

The Vancouver-born Baze, 45, is the fourth-winningest rider in racing history with 8,288 winners as of Friday. He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs in 1999.

Baze last rode here in the 1999 Queen's Plate, aboard Dave the Comet, who ran eighth.

Attest, a 7-year-old gelding owned by K.K. Sangara, will enter the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day off a third-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile allowance prep here June 7.

The mount on Attest became available when his regular rider, Jim McAleney, picked up the ride on the Sam-Son Farm-owned Dance to Destiny for the Dominion Day.

Dance to Destiny, a rapidly improving 4-year-old trained by Mark Frostad, had been ridden to his two wins here this spring by Todd Kabel.

But Frostad said earlier this week that Dance to Destiny would not be running in the Dominion Day, so Kabel's agent, John Bell, obtained the mount on Phantom Light for his jockey.

Phantom Light's regular rider, Robert Landry, will be at Fort Erie Tuesday to ride Too Late Now in the $250,000 Labatt Bison City.

Kabel, who rode Seeking the Ring to a solid second-place finish behind Too Late Now in the June 8 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, had elected to remain here for the holiday Tuesday card.

Slade Callaghan has picked up the mount on Seeking the Ring, who will be looking to turn the tables in the Bison City for Sam-Son and Frostad.

Montpellier's tough trip

Jockey Constant Montpellier is not concerned over whether he should ride here at Woodbine or at Fort Erie Sunday. He plans to be in both places, although not exactly at once.

Montpellier plans to ride the first three races here at Woodbine, his final mount coming aboard Stage Classic in the $89,000 prep for the July 20 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes.

Post time for that race is 1:57 p.m. and, as soon as possible, Montpellier will rush to his car, where his agent, Kelly Regan, will be waiting with the tank full and the motor running.

Montpellier then will take the wheel for the 90-mile journey to Fort Erie, to ride Barbeau Ruckus in the $75,000 H.J. Addison Stakes.

Post time for the Addison is 4:44 p.m., and since Montpellier must be in the jockeys' room at least an hour earlier, a clean trip will be of the essence.

Kabel serves a one-day suspension

Kabel will be serving a one-day suspension Sunday, and has been fined $1,000 as the stewards cited him for misuse of the whip aboard Soaring Free, winner of last Sunday's Nearctic Handicap.

The ruling from the stewards said Soaring Free had emerged from the race with "a welt under the belly."

Sadinsky replaces Barbaro

Stanley Sadinsky, who had served as chair of the Ontario Racing Commission for the past nine years, has left that post and will be taking over as chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Sadinsky replaces Ron Barbaro, who resigned this week but will stay on as chair and CEO until the end of July.

The OLGC, an agency of the Ontario government, is responsible for managing Ontario's lotteries, charity casinos, commercial casinos, and slots at the racetracks.

Sadinsky's replacement at the ORC has not been announced.