08/22/2005 11:00PM

Sales credit replaces cash as stakes bonus


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The yearling sales stakes, six $125,000 races for local sales graduates that will be run here Sept. 4, will offer a new wrinkle this year.

Instead of the $15,000 bonus for the winning trainer, which was instituted in 2002, the trainers of the yearling sales stakes winners will receive a $10,000 credit toward the purchase of a yearling at this year's sales.

There has been one condition governing the bonus and now the sales credit, which is that the winning horse cannot have been claimed.

Unfortunately for her opponents, that hasn't stopped One for Rose from winning the last two editions of the Algoma, the 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares.

Claimed for $40,000 from her first career start here in the fall of 2002, One for Rose, now 6, is on course for her third straight Algoma appearance for trainer Sid Attard and the Tucci Stable of Lou and Carlo Tucci.

Attard and the Tuccis have another yearling sales stakes candidate this year who also is ineligible for the sales credit, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk.

A 4-year-old gelding who was claimed for $50,000 on July 2, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk is slated to run in the Kenora, the six-furlong yearling sales race for 3-year-olds and up.

After finishing third under second-level allowance conditions in his first start for his new connections, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk came back to win under third-level conditions at Woodbine on Saturday.

The other yearling sales stakes are the Muskoka, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies; the Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings; the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings, 3 and up; and the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.

The selected session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale will be held here Sept. 6, with preferred sessions following on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

Touchnow pointed toward Algoma

One for Rose's opponents in the Algoma, which attracted 12 nominees, will likely include Touchnow, the winner of last year's Labatt Bison City at Fort Erie.

Touchnow, owned by George Farr and trained by Reade Baker, is heading into the Algoma off a closing second-place finish in a third-level allowance over a mile and 70 yards here on Sunday.

"I thought she ran a good race," said Baker. "She was caught behind a slow pace, and they came home really quick."

Baker also has a pair of nominees for the Muskoka in U R Flashy and Perigee Girl.

U R Flashy, owned by Harlequin Ranches, has won 2 of 3 starts, including the six-furlong Nandi for Ontario-sired fillies.

On Sunday, U R Flashy worked five furlongs in 1:00 on the main track in preparation for the Muskoka.

Perigee Girl finished second in her only start, a 5 1/2-furlong Ontario-sired maiden special here Aug. 5, and worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.20 on the main track here Monday.

But Port Renfrew, who was to run in the Simcoe, is through for the season after suffering a fractured cannon bone while winning his maiden over seven furlongs here Sunday.

"It was the concrete-hard racetrack that did him in," said Baker. "He'll go to Ocala and get two months off. Hopefully, he'll be our Plate horse next year."

Taranaki goes to the farm

Taranaki, who had been pointing for the $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes on Aug. 31, instead will be heading home to the farm after suffering an unspecified injury while training last week.

"She was going to miss six weeks, so we decided to put her away for the season," said Tom O'Keefe, who trains Taranaki for Wings of Erin Farm.

Taranaki, a homebred daughter of Porto Foricos and Foxy Fiddler, would have been seeking her third straight win in the Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

After opening her 3-year-old campaign with a second-place finish behind subsequent stakes winner Top Ten List, Taranaki graduated in impressive fashion over seven furlongs and won again at the same distance in a first-level Ontario-sired allowance.

"I think she's a very talented filly," said O'Keefe, who had been looking forward to trying Taranaki at a middle distance and had planned to prep her for the Eternal Search in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race last Wednesday. But O'Keefe was not happy with the way Taranaki came out of a gallop that morning, and the filly was scratched.

Turf horses forced to work on dirt

With the turf training course in the midst of its annual summer break, a pair of grass specialists had bullet works over the dirt training track here Tuesday.

Classic Stamp, a 5-year-old trained by Darwin Banach, breezed four furlongs in 48 second, while Mona Rose, a 5-year-old trained by Earl Barnett, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80.

Both Classic Stamp and Mona Rose are being aimed for the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Sept. 18.

Classic Stamp won the Canadian last year, with Mona Rose 5 1/2 lengths back in fifth.