12/06/2004 12:00AM

Silver Impulse proves to be smart claim


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - When owner-trainer Stanley Baresich and his longtime partner, Winston Penny, were discussing their stock last summer, the subject of Canadian-breds came to the forefront.

"We didn't have any, and we thought we should have some," said Baresich.

Baresich began addressing that situation here at Woodbine on July 2, claiming Silver Impulse for $62,500 from the third race and Slew Pointe for $50,000 from the fourth.

Slew Pointe, a 3-year-old filly, has made six starts for her new barn, winning her maiden for $30,000 here Sept. 16.

Silver Impulse, a 2-year-old filly, has struck gold, placing in two stakes before delivering the coup de grace here in Sunday's $163,350 Ontario Lassie at 1 1/16 miles.

"She's been improving all the time," said Baresich, whose B and B Stable owns both Silver Impulse and Slew Pointe with Penny as partner. "I was waiting and waiting to go around two turns with her; she's definitely a two-turn filly."

Silver Impulse soon will head south, where she will get six weeks off and then resume training on the Miami-area farm where Baresich will winter several of his horses.

"I'd definitely like to get her fit, to return here," said Baresich. "I believe she'll improve. She's a very, very sound filly."

Baresich acknowledged that the Woodbine Oaks, the 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds which is this country's richest and most prestigious event for the 3-year-old filly division, is an obvious long-term target for Silver Impulse.

'Daddy' breezes before Valedictory

Daddy Cool, the probable favorite for Sunday's $125,000 Valedictory Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 over the fast main track here Sunday morning.

Exercise rider Johnny Hayes was aboard Daddy Cool, who is owned by Stronach Stable and based at nearby Adena Springs North with trainer Sean Smullen.

The Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, will share the closing-day spotlight with the Kingarvie Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

Daddy Cool has won his last four starts, including the 1 1/2-mile Valedictory prep, and has been assigned 117 pounds for the Valedictory. Jim McAleney retains the mount.

Norfolk Knight, a double stakes winner this year for owner-breeder Margaret Squires and trainer Hugo Dittfach, is the 120-pound highweight and is slated to run.

Raylene needs a rider

Raylene, Fisher Pond, and Jambalar all worked five furlongs on the fast main track Saturday in preparation for the Valedictory.

Raylene, a 4-year-old filly owned by Calmar Stables and Ranch and trained by Reade Baker, breezed in 1:03.20 under McAleney, who also is her regular rider. She will need a new partner for the Valedictory, for which she has been assigned 113 pounds.

"She's healthy, and fit," said Baker, noting that Raylene proved her affinity for a route when she defeated males in last year's Grade 3, 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

Jambalar and Fisher Pond, both trained by David Bell, worked separately but were clocked in an identical 1:03.

Regular rider Dino Luciani was aboard Jambalar, while exercise rider Mickey Walls piloted Fisher Pond.

Jambalar, a 4-year-old gelding, was beaten three lengths as the third-place finisher in the Valedictory prep and gets in with 116 pounds Sunday.

"Dino said if they had gone farther, he would have got them," said Bell. "He's one of those horses that keeps coming and coming. He seems to be improving a little bit; I still think he'll be a better horse next year."

Fisher Pond, a 5-year-old horse owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, was a well-beaten sixth as the favorite in last year's Valedictory when trained by Todd Pletcher.

Sent to Bell late last summer, Fisher Pond has shown little in two starts and faltered badly to end fifth of six in the Valedictory prep. He has been assigned 111 pounds.

"He hasn't really fired; there's no real reason," said Bell. "Maybe he needed those two races for me, but I didn't think he should have. He's training well enough to go on."

Dave the Knave likely for Kingarvie

Dave the Knave, undefeated in two career starts for trainer Bob Tiller, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 on the main track Sunday in preparation for the Kingarvie. Regular rider Steven Bahen was in the irons.

The Kingarvie would mark the first start around two turns for Dave the Knave, who won his six-furlong debut and the 6 1/2-furlong Sunny's Halo.

"Right now, we're leaning toward going," Tiller, who also owns Dave the Knave in partnership with Frank DiGiulio, said Monday morning.

Soaring Strike went for bargain price

Soaring Strike, also clocked in 1:02.20 while going in company with Dave the Knave on Sunday, is a full brother to Soaring Free, who is a leading candidate to be named Canada's Horse of the Year.

Despite his pedigree, Soaring Strike was purchased for just $5,500 by Tiller at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's October yearling sale. Soaring Strike is a swayback, the term for a horse who suffers from abnormal sagging of the spine.

Racing for Tiller and Howard Fishman, Soaring Strike debuted here Nov. 24 and was a game winner of a six-furlong, $25,000 optional claiming maiden race. He was not entered for the claiming price.

Forever Grand points for sprint

Forever Grand also worked five furlongs on the main track Sunday, with his goal being the $125,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here Saturday.

Sean Hall, a trainer who is Forever Grand's exercise rider, was in the irons. Constant Montpellier has the call for the Kennedy Road.

Forever Grand, trained by Noel Randall, has been another successful claim for owner Winston Penny.

A 5-year-old gelding who was a multiple stakes winner for Tiller and DiGiulio, Forever Grand was claimed for $32,000 here Aug. 4 and won the six-furlong Kenora in his first start for his new connections.

In his only subsequent outing, Forever Grand finished fourth in a 6 1/2-furlong money allowance here Oct. 3.