07/25/2006 11:00PM

Same six in rescheduled Ontario Matron


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Ontario Matron, take two.

Six fillies and mares were set to compete here last Sunday in the $125,000 Ontario Matron, which was one of seven inner-track races canceled because of unsafe conditions caused by torrential rains at Woodbine.

On Friday, the Ontario Matron, run at 1 1/16 miles, is scheduled to come back with the same cast. Woodbine does not reopen or redraw stakes delayed by such circumstances.

Flaming Heart and Financingavailable are both coming off stakes wins here and merit top billing. Flaming Heart's stakes win came in the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'n' Dale, and Financingavailable's stakes win came in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too.

Cases can also be made for other entrants in the field of six fillies and mares, all of whom will be racing on the inner track for the first time.

Josie Carroll sends out two contenders, Coastal Fortress and Ballroom Deputy, and she admits to having some concern over the effect of the five-day delay.

"Both were peaking for the race. They were very sharp," said Carroll. "I would have worked both horses on Monday, but the track was bad. They both two-minute licked a little bit Tuesday."

Coastal Fortress, a 4-year-old who was purchased privately last fall, started twice for Carroll and owners John Sikura and Jason Allison this spring. After winning her first start for her new connections, a third-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs, Coastal Fortress was fourth in the six-furlong Ballade for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

"I've been waiting to go two turns with her," said Carroll. "I'd entered her in an allowance race, but it didn't fill. I was disappointed about that."

Coastal Fortress won the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette here last October and the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean as a 2-year-old.

Ballroom Deputy, a 5-year-old owned by Padua Stable, finished third in the Hill 'n' Dale, which was her first start in three months.

"She just shows up every time you lead her over there," said Carroll, who sent out Ballroom Deputy to win the Grade 3 Maple Leaf over 1 1/4 miles here last November.

Rounding out the Ontario Matron field are Miss Concerto and Silver Impulse, both of whom are stakes winners.

No Breeders' for Edenwold

Edenwold, who won the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate and was moved up to fourth via a disqualification in the 1 1/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, has not been nominated to the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes on Aug. 6, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

"He's had four hard races," said Carroll, his trainer. "We thought that would be too much for him. He got a little jarred up on the rail in the Prince of Wales. We're just letting him bounce back."

Edenwold was forced to check in the Prince of Wales following a chain-reaction bumping incident, which led to the disqualification of Malakoff from first to fifth.

"We have nominated him to the Canadian Derby, but nothing is certain at this point," said Carroll.

The Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race to be run at Northlands Park on Aug. 26, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $300,000.

Uncle Max might be supplemented

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips, who has sent out the last two winners of the Breeders' Stakes in Jambalaya and A Bit O'Gold, could have an unexpected candidate for this year's Breeders'.

Uncle Max, a gelding owned and bred by the Day Phillips family's Kingfield Farm, is currently not eligible for the Breeders', but he could be supplemented on entry day, Aug. 3, at a cost of $15,000.

After finishing third and fifth when making his first two starts in main-track sprints here this spring, Uncle Max stretched out to 1 1/16 miles on turf and won his maiden by a neck on July 1. In his next and last start, Uncle Max rallied furiously to finish second, beaten a length by older stakes winner Decew Falls in a first-level allowance over a mile on turf July 21.

"There's nothing else really obvious for him," said Day Phillips of the possible Breeders' venture. "He's a fresh horse and seems to have a newfound zest for racing. He seems to be really happy, enjoying what he's doing.

Meanwhile, Day Phillips said she was pleased with the effort put forth by Jambalaya, who was beaten 3 1/4 lengths as the third-place finisher in the Grade 2 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf over 1 1/2 miles on soft going here last Sunday.

"I thought our horse tried really hard," said Day Phillips. "It really wasn't his preferred surface, soft like that. He didn't really look that comfortable down the backstretch."

The next logical target for Jambalaya here would be the Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinsky, a 1 3/8-mile turf race here Aug. 27.

Day Phillips said, however, that Jambalaya could take to the road before then if the right opportunity presents itself.

"I think he's in very good order," said Day Phillips. "I think he's at the top of his game right now."

Invitational retired at 4

A Bit O' Gold was forced into retirement earlier this year, and now Invitational, another stakes winner in the Day Phillips barn, has had her racing career cut short.

Invitational, a 4-year-old filly, was second in last summer's Wonder Where at 1 1/4 miles on turf and went on to win the Carotene over 1 1/8 miles on turf here in October.

Day Phillips, who had hoped to run Invitational in the Ontario Matron, said Invitational had come out of a recent breeze favoring a foreleg and that X-rays revealed a fractured sesamoid.

Invitational was bred and owned by Kingview Farm and Rob Cudney and will enter service as a broodmare for that partnership. Kingview Farm is the nom de course of Richard Day, Day Phillips's brother.

Invitational, an Ontario-bred by Peaks and Valleys out of the Regal Classic mare Stutz Classic, retires with a record of 3-1-2 and earnings of $254,217 from nine starts. She was unplaced in two outings this season.