09/28/2005 11:00PM

Sharp debut win for Tothemoonandback


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It didn't take long for Tothemoonandback to serve notice that he is the latest rocket in trainer Reade Baker's program.

Debuting at 5 1/2 furlongs here at Woodbine on Wednesday evening, Tothemoonandback quickly established command and led through fractions of 22.10, 44.81, and 57.20 seconds en route to a six-length victory under Jim McAleney.

Tothemoonandback's final time of 1:03.89 yielded a Beyer Speed Figure of 77.

"I knew he had that in him, but I really didn't expect it last night," said Baker, in his office here Thursday morning. "But I wanted to make the Bull Page, and I had to run him."

The $125,000 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings, will be run here Oct. 15.

Tothemoonandback, a Perigee Moon gelding, was purchased for $45,000 at the Ocala 2-year-olds in training sale this March.

Perigee Girl to go in Victorian Queen

Perigee Girl is slated to make her stakes debut here Wednesday in the $125,000 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

After finishing second in her debut at 5 1/2 furlongs, Perigee Girl came back to romp by nine lengths over the same distance, with her final time of 1:04.35 good for a Beyer Speed Figure of 84. Perigee Girl is a daughter of Perigee Moon.

U R Flashy, winner of the six-furlong Nandi over Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies here Aug. 6, also is heading for the Victorian Queen.

In her last start, on Sept. 4, U R Flashy finished a faltering ninth in the seven-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes.

Devil's Bride pointed for Fanfreluche

Devil's Bride, another impressive juvenile in the Baker fold, is aiming for the $150,000 Fanfreluche here Oct. 29. The Fanfreluche is a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

In her lone start, at five furlongs here Sept. 7, Devil's Bride was a 6 1/2-length winner, and her 57.80-second final time earned a Beyer Figure of 74.

A maiden in Mazarine

In the meantime, Baker will be sending out Classical Miss, who is a maiden after four starts, in Saturday's $281,500 Mazarine.

Classical Miss tried two turns for the first time here Sept. 14, finishing a close third after setting the pace.

"She was a short horse the other day," said Baker. "She should be in a maiden race, but the next one is too close to the Princess Elizabeth. This is her prep for the Princess Elizabeth."

The $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, will be run here Oct. 22. Classical Miss and Silent Course are the Canadian-breds in the Mazarine, and both are among the 116 nominees for the Princess Elizabeth.

Jim McAleney, who is Baker's go-to jockey, will ride Knights Templar for trainer Danny Vella in the Mazarine.

Bear's Kid to try main track

Bear's Kid, winner of the Grade 2 Summer Stakes over one mile on the turf in his second start for Baker here Sept. 18, is slated to try Woodbine's main track for the first time in the Grade 3 Grey here Monday, Oct. 10.

"He's certainly training well on it," said Baker. "I'm going to give him a shot in there. If he doesn't like the dirt, I'll take him to Keeneland and run him on the turf there."

Bear's Kid made the first two starts of his career on dirt at Northlands Park in July, when he was trained by Dale Greenwood.

The Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds, offers a purse of $250,000.

River Heights, yet another Baker-trained 2-year-old with a stakes race on his agenda, is pointing for the $250,000 Cup and Saucer here Oct. 16.

A total of 141 horses remain eligible for the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.

River Heights, a maiden after three starts, finished a close fifth over 6 1/2 furlongs in his turf debut and then was a solid runner-up last time over a mile and 70 yards on the main track.

Baker duo done for meet

Judiths Wild Rush and Whiskey and Low, both stakes winners for Baker here this year, will not see action again at the meeting.

Judiths Wild Rush, a 4-year-old colt, won the seven-furlong Vigil and 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture and is a Sovereign Award candidate in the sprint division.

In his last start, at Monmouth Park on Aug. 7, Judiths Wild Rush finished third in the six-furlong Teddy Drone. His only remaining stakes opportunity here would be the $125,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race on Dec. 10.

"I kept training him, and there's nothing for him, so I stopped on him a couple of weeks ago," said Baker. "I'll aim him for Gulfstream."

As for Whiskey and Low, "There are no more 3-year-old filly races going long on the dirt," said Baker. "So I pulled the plug and sent her down to Florida. I don't want to be tempted to run her against older horses; I don't think it would be fair to her."

Revved Up back for Sky Classic

Revved Up, winner of the Grade 2 Niagara over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Sept. 5, returns from New York for Sunday's Grade 2 Sky Classic.

The field of seven for the $328,500 Sky Classic, a 1 3/8-mile turf race, also includes Strut the Stage, A Bit O'Gold, Demeteor, Last Answer, and Colorful Judgement, the second- through sixth-place finishers in the Niagara.

Lenny the Lender is the only fresh face in the lineup.

* Todd Kabel will be at Belmont Park on Saturday to ride Film Maker in the Grade 1, $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational.