07/24/2002 12:00AM

Ross gives top 3yos a rest


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The John Ross stable was making plenty of commotion in the 3-year-old ranks in the first few months of the Woodbine meeting.

But it's relatively quiet on that front for the barn right now with Shaws Creek, Tails of the Crypt, and Wild Whiskey - all stakes winners for Ross this year - temporarily out of action.

Shaws Creek, owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, won the May 4 Queenston and June 1 Plate Trial to establish himself as a leading candidate for the Canadian Triple Crown races.

But he disappointed in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales and on Wednesday he was heading out to the Lisa Bell Farm near London, Ontario, for a spot of R and R.

Shaws Creek failed to reach contention after breaking from the outside post here in the June 23 Queen's Plate but had no apparent excuse when he finished seventh in last Sunday's Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

"It looked like he was coming up to the race fine," said Ross. "At the head of the stretch, he told me otherwise.

"He came back okay; it just looks like he needs a break. He'll be gone for two or three weeks; he needs to freshen up.

"I want a nice 4-year-old, too. I can't just keep squeezing him."

Tails of the Crypt ran second in the May 18 Marine and won the June 8 Victoria Park for the Jam Jar outfit but then finished fourth in both of his last two stakes engagements.

He was sent to the farm to freshen up shortly after his last start, in the July 13 Toronto Cup, and should be back at the track in about a week.

"He's been running since February," said Ross, who sent out Tails of the Crypt to finish second in both the Feb. 23 Sam F. Davis and March 17 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs.

Meanwhile, Wild Whiskey, winner of the Woodstock, has returned to the racetrack after spending six weeks on the farm.

"I'm really excited about that," said Ross. "I've been looking forward to seeing him back. He's going to need about a month and a half, to get ready for the races."

Wild Whiskey, owned by Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner, had opened up his campaign with a second-place finish in the six-furlong Achievement before recording his first stakes score over the same distance in the Woodstock.

But he faltered badly to finish eighth in the seven-furlong Queenston and emerged from the race with a badly-bucked shin.

Mister Coop will be tried on grass

Ross still could be represented in the Breeders' Stakes, with Mister Coop a possibility for the 1 1/2-mile turf race which is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown here Aug. 10.

Mister Coop, owned by the R M C Stable of Syd and Richard Cooper, finished sixth when making his fourth lifetime start and stakes debut in the Prince of Wales.

"He got bumped back to last, at the start," said Ross. "He closed an awful lot of ground, and he seemed to come out of the race okay.

"I think he's going to be a very nice horse. We're taking a look at the Breeders' - we'll train him on grass, and see how he likes it."

Magic Jack ready for Bull Page

Ross and the Coopers should be represented in Sunday's feature, with Magic Jack slated to run in the $125,000 Bull Page Stakes.

"He looks pretty good in there," said Ross. "I think we've got a chance, anyway."

The six-furlong Bull Page is for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Magic Jack, a son of the late John the Magician, finished a closing fourth only to be disqualified in his June 2 debut at 4 1/2 furlongs and came back four weeks later to run third in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon.

"He had a good work back," said Ross, noting that Magic Jack had breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 here July 14.

Also eyeing the Bull Page is Lucky Larue, who is trained and co-owned by Wray Lawrence.

Lucky Larue won his maiden in his second start in the June 2 sprint where Magic Jack ended fourth and then finished second in the Clarendon.

Ginger Gold preps for Wonder Where

Ginger Gold breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos on the main track here Wednesday and is on target for the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 5.

The Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.

Ginger Gold won the first leg of the series, the Labatt Woodbine Oaks, for trainer Sid Attard and owner Mel Lawson here June 8.

But Silver Nithi, who had finished second here in the Oaks, turned the tables in Fort Erie's July 1 Bison City to snuff out the Triple Tiara bid.