05/26/2009 11:00PM

Roses 'n' Wine steps up on turf

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Michael Burns
Sugar Bay, a winner of 6 of 12 career starts and $575,460, will miss her 4-year-old season.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Roses 'n' Wine has bloomed as a 4-year-old, winning her first two allowance conditions in her two starts on the main track.

On Saturday, Roses 'n' Wine will be looking to take her game to the next level in the Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau, the 1 1/16-mile race that is the first turf stakes race of the meeting for fillies and mares.

"We've always loved the filly," said David Bell, who trains Roses 'n' Wine for the Estate of Firestone Farms Ltd. "Her pedigree's late-maturing."

Roses 'n' Wine had won her maiden at 1 1/16 miles here at 2 but was blanked in six appearances last year after wintering in Florida.

"She had some issues, and when she came up here it took us a while to get her going," Bell said.

Roses 'n' Wine did manage to finish second in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where and the 1 1/8-mile Carotene, both on the turf course.

"She's always been a lot better filly on turf," Bell said. "Now, she's running very well on the Poly. We're hoping when she goes back to turf, she'll excel again."

Chantal Sutherland, who has ridden Roses 'n' Wine to her two wins this year, retains the mount.

Gone Trajectory, Shadowless eye stakes

Bell also has stakes dates set for Gone Trajectory, a 5-year-old gelding owned by the Firestone Estate, and Shadowless, a 4-year-old gelding who races for Heather Takahashi.

Gone Trajectory closed strongly to win his opener this spring in a restricted second-level allowance at five furlongs and then finished fifth in the restricted New Providence at six furlongs. His target is the $125,000 Steady Growth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up here June 6.

"He might be a little better sprinting, but he's run well going long, too," said Bell, who has sent out Gone Trajectory to fashion a 2-2-2 record from 10 starts around two turns.

Shadowless has run three times this year and finished a strong second in the six-furlong Jacques Cartier before assuming an uncharacteristic position on the front end and faltering to finish sixth last time out in the seven-furlong Vigil.

"What I was worried about happening did happen," Bell said. "There was no speed in the race, and seven furlongs is stretching him as far as he can go, especially on the Polytrack. He'll go back to the turf now."

Shadowless has tried the turf three times, winning two allowance sprints and finishing third in the one-mile Labeeb.

Bell is pointing Shadowless for the Grade 3, $200,000 Highlander, a six-furlong turf race here on Queen's Plate Day, June 21.

Oaks start considered for Gigolette

In the meantime, Bell could have a Woodbine Oaks entrant in Gigolette, who won a first-level allowance race at seven furlongs here last Sunday for owners Dick and Jo Ellen Shaw.

"We're going to leave it on the table for a little bit," Bell said. "I thought she was impressive, but I'm not sure I want to run her back in two weeks.

"I've done it before, but it was with horses I knew would go long."

Gigolette, who won her only start last year at six furlongs, has raced three times this season but has yet to race around two turns.

Sugar Bay to miss 2009 season

Sugar Bay, the talented 4-year-old who had been slated to make her season debut in the Nassau, will not see action this season.

A homebred who races for Augustin Stable and is trained by Mac Benson, Sugar Bay had closed out her 3-year-old campaign with four consecutive stakes victories and was a Sovereign Award finalist in both the 3-year-old filly and turf female categories.

"She'll be all right," said Barb Przedrzymirska, Benson's assistant trainer and partner. "She just needs some time. If we had kept pushing her, then it would have been drastic.

"She's such a nice filly, we just didn't want to take any chances. We'll put her back in light training this fall; there's no way she'll make the races this year."

Sugar Bay has won 6 of 12 career starts, earning $575,460.

Callwood Dancer works on turf in rain

Wednesday's turf training session began under a drizzle that turned into a downpour, and the workers who braved the elements included Callwood Dancer, last year's Nassau winner.

With regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva aboard, Callwood Dancer breezed four furlongs in 50.60 seconds.

Win and Reign breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 under exercise rider Frank Todd to share the bullet with stablemate Rizzi Rose, an unraced 3-year-old filly who had Mickey Walls in the irons.

Winner of the six-furlong Vandal last year when trained by Nick Gonzalez, Win and Reign was recently transferred to Brian Lynch and had been training at nearby Adena Springs.

Win and Reign is aiming for the $125,000 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here June 10.

Mixed results for Lynch at Mountaineer

Lynch had mixed results in a pair of one-mile, $75,000 turf stakes at Mountaineer on Monday night as Ghost Hour finished second in the Memorial Day but Bahia Girl was seventh of eight in the Decoration Day.

Both Ghost Hour and Bahia Girl were ridden by Willie Martinez.

Lynch did not make the trip to West Virginia as he stayed in Toronto to attend the Tuesday funeral of fellow trainer Tony Mattine.

"Ghost Hour ran good; he just got outrun," Lynch said. "Willie Martinez said the filly just didn't like that turf course."

Ghost Hour, a 5-year-old gelding, will point for the $200,000 Dominion Day, a 1 1/4-mile race here July 1.

Bahia Girl, a 4-year-old, remains eligible for the third allowance condition.

Eastern Promise drills for Plate Trial

Eastern Promise, who is scheduled to make his first start for owner Earle Mack and trainer Mark Frostad in Sunday's Plate Trial, breezed five furlongs in a bullet 59.80 on the main track here Wednesday.

"I loved him," said Chantal Sutherland, who was aboard Eastern Promise for the first time and has the call for the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial. "He picked up company, and that helped push him on early. He did it easy and galloped out good."

Eastern Promise started five times in France before arriving at Woodbine via New York two weeks ago.

Bred in Ontario by Kinghaven Farm, Eastern Promise sports a win and a second going 7 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack and a pair of seconds at one mile on turf.