07/02/2008 11:00PM

Singing Saint impressive in debut win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It took a long time for Singing Saint to make it to the races.

But it would appear that the 4-year-old colt, who races for Stronach Stable and Brian Lynch, has been well worth the wait after he made an auspicious debut here Wednesday evening.

"We've always had high hopes for him," said Lynch. "We had to take a chip out of his knee as a 3-year-old, just when we had him ready to run down in Florida."

Singing Saint, under jockey Patrick Husbands, was well-situated early in Wednesday's one-mile turf race and ran down front-running A P Valor to score a comfortable 1 1/4-length victory.

"Whenever they run like that the first time, you know they've got a bit of ability," said Lynch. "Once he got on the lead, in front of the crowd and the grandstand, he got a bit green. Patrick just took hold of him and let him gallop over the line."

Singing Saint, a product of Team Stronach's Adena Springs Florida breeding operation, is out of the mare Relaxing Rhythm and is a half-brother to Spring Waltz, a 5-year-old mare who made the first nine starts of her career for Lynch.

Lynch notes that Spring Waltz also made her first career start here as a 4-year-old, winning a seven-furlong "B" maiden race in June 2007, and has gone on to much greater accomplishments.

After scoring under second-level allowance terms here last fall, Spring Waltz has extended her winning streak to four, capped by a win in Gulfstream's Grade 2 Rampart at 1 1/8 miles in her last start, on March 9.

Spring Waltz then was transferred to Bobby Frankel in New York, and Lynch can foresee Singing Saint following a similar program.

"I'd say he'd probably have his next start up here, and then he'll be headed south himself," said Lynch.

Legal Move sets another track record

Legal Move also turned in an impressive performance on Wednesday's program, running down a loose-on-the-lead Main Executive to score by a neck and establish a six-furlong track record of 1:08.31.

The open allowance race was the prep for the $150,000 Bold Venture, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here July 20.

Legal Move, an Ontario-sired 4-year-old colt owned by Woodford Racing and trained by Mark Casse, also holds the 5 1/2-furlong track record of 1:02.70.

That mark was established here April 6 in the allowance prep for the Jacques Cartier, a six-furlong race in which Legal Move notched his fifth stakes victory.

Husbands, who also rode Legal Move, will be at Hollywood Park on Saturday to pilot Sealy Hill for Casse in the Grade 1 Vanity.

Costalivin looks for first win in Clarendon

Trainer John Ross has quietly been putting together a solid campaign, winning eight times with a total of 16 in-the-money finishes from his first 28 starters at this meeting.

On Saturday, Ross will be looking to make some noise when he sends out Costalivin, a 2-year-old colt owned by the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, in the $150,000 Clarendon Stakes.

Costalivin will be looking for his first win while making his third start in the Clarendon, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

In his debut, at 4 1/2 furlongs here June 1, Costalivin was quick off the blocks and opened a clear lead but was unable to fend off Long Pants, who again is among his opponents in the Clarendon.

Next time out, traveling the same distance with blinkers off, Costalivin was shuffled back early and closed to finish third as the odds-on choice under returning rider Gary Cruise.

"His first race, with blinkers on, he was a little bit green," said Ross. "He showed too much speed, and didn't see the other horse coming at him.

"With the blinkers off, he relaxed a little, but he was impeded a bit on the turn and dropped back. He was flying at the end; that's what impressed me. The 5 1/2 furlongs should be better for him."

Costalavin tuned up for the Clarendon here Tuesday morning by breezing three furlongs in 36 seconds with Cruise in the irons.

"He blew out really nice," said Ross, adding that he caught Costalivin galloping out four furlongs in 48.20.

Black Napkins targets Shady Well

Ross also has a candidate for the next 2-year-old filly stakes here as Black Napkins, owned by Kiaora Racing Inc., is heading for the $150,000 Shady Well on July 13.

Black Napkins will be seeking her second straight win in the Shady Well, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Ontario foals, after debuting successfully for a $50,000 claiming tag here June 19.

Justin Stein, who rode Black Napkins in that one-length win, was back aboard on Wednesday when the filly worked five furlongs in 1:01.

"That was a real nice workout," said Ross, who purchased Black Napkins for $20,000 at the local September yearling sale.

Leg injury sidelines Giquere for season

Giquere, who was knocked off the Queen's Plate trail by a high white blood cell count, now is through for the season after coming back lame from a gallop here Wednesday morning.

"It's a hind leg injury," said trainer Mike DePaulo, adding that Giquere was undergoing surgery on Thursday.

Giquere, owned by Mario Forgione, had won his debut in impressive fashion here last December and wintered with DePaulo in Florida with a long-term eye toward the Queen's Plate.

After finishing fourth in a first-level allowance at Gulfstream, Giquere ran second here in the Wando and fourth in the Marine, both at 1 1/16 miles, in what turned out to be an abbreviated campaign.