11/04/2005 12:00AM

Rohman off to Woodbine


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Bob Rohman is making plans to spend the final part of the 2005 Canadian racing season in Ontario. It will be a short stay. The last day of racing at Woodbine is Dec. 11, and Rohman is planning on leaving Hastings around Nov. 14.

He will be taking three horses with him, all 3-year-olds, including Bull Ranch, who finished second in the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby and then beat older horses in the Premiers. All three horses are owned by Siminichiello Stables Inc.

Bull Ranch is being pointed to the $150,000 Woodbine Slots Handicap on Nov. 19. Justin Stein, who was aboard in the Premiers, will ride Bull Ranch at Woodbine.

Joining Bull Ranch will be No Sox Fox and Century Man. No Sox Fox won the 6 1/2-furlong CTHS Sales Stakes in June and in his last start beat older horses in a $50,000 optional sprint Oct. 29.

While Rohman has a race picked out for Bull Ranch, he said he will be looking for a nonwinners-of-two for Century Man and is hoping for a bit of rain for No Sox Fox.

"No Sox Fox has won four races this year, and he loves the mud," said Rohman. "Hopefully we can find a race for him, and with the large purses back there, he should more than pay his way if he can win one. Actually, I would be thrilled if

I could get a couple of races into all of them."

Rohman said he is having his best year as a trainer. He has won 14 races from 74 starts at the meet, and the win by Bull Ranch in the Premiers was the most important race he has won. Rohman actually won more races in his first year as a full-time trainer, in 2003, when he won 17, but Bull Ranch's win in the Premiers capped a very satisfying season.

"I'm very happy about the year," he said. "But this is the kind of business that no matter how it's going I just take it day by day and try to do the best I can."

Rohman, 52, has had a trainer's license for a long time, but until 2003, he was basically a full-time exercise rider. He still gallops all of his horses, and because of that, he is content to keep a small stable.

"I've had 10 horses for most of the year, and I really don't want a whole pile of horses, maybe 15 at the most," he said. "I spend a lot of time with my horses, and there's just not enough hours in the day. If you have too many horses, then too many things can slip through the cracks."

Rohman also said he feels it is helpful that he is the full-time exercise rider for the stable.

"I love galloping my own horses," he said. "I get to know them very well, so I know when to go and when to whoa."

A win by Bull Ranch could earn him the local 3-year-old championship. B.C. Derby winner Spaghetti Mouse and Canadian Derby winner Alabama Rain are also in the running.

J V Bennett retired at 12

The incredible career of J V Bennett is over. J V Bennett finished third in an optional $8,000 sprint last Saturday, and following the race, his owner, Gary McNeil, announced that J V Bennett was being retired.

A 12-year-old Maryland-bred, J V Bennett went to the post 109 times and gave a top effort just about every time he ran. He won 35 races, including his debut at Turf Paradise in 1995, hit the board 64 times, and also picked up at least a part of the purse in 90 of his starts. J V Bennett won 32 races at Hastings, and as an 11-year-old he won four times. His last win was in a $10,000 claiming race Sept. 5. J V Bennett was trained by Peter Stephen for most of his long career.

"It's been a great ride," said Stephen. "But he's lost more than a step now and it's time to retire him. The amazing thing about him is that after all of his races, he's still a very sound horse."

Stephen said J V Bennett is the type of horse who needs to keep busy in order to be happy. He was given to Ariana Save, who works as a groom for trainer Craig MacPherson.

"He's going to get a rest now, but then I'm not sure what I'm going to do with him," said Save. "I might try and train him to be a pony or maybe see how he likes the show arena. I really think he'll want to be at the track, because he's been here for most of his life."

J V Bennett retires with $440,036 in earnings.