11/18/2002 12:00AM

Some washed-out races to be made up


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The 2002 Woodbine meeting, which will wind up Dec. 1, suddenly got even shorter after last Saturday and Sunday's cards were canceled because of unsafe track conditions.

While the majority of the 20 races will be lost forever, Woodbine will be looking to make up some of the shortfall by adding single races to each of the two remaining Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday programs. Ten-race Friday cards will be unchanged.

Even with 10 cards remaining, Patrick Husbands is home and cooled out in the jockeys race, having ridden 163 winners heading into this week's action.

Husbands, who will be looking for an unprecedented fourth straight Sovereign Award as outstanding jockey, also topped the Woodbine standings in 1999 and 2000 but finished second behind Todd Kabel last year.

Kabel sits second with 127 winners, followed by Chantal Sutherland with 119.

Last year's Sovereign Award-winning apprentice, Sutherland rode 86 winners before losing her weight allowance on Aug. 2 and is a candidate for a second Sovereign in the category.

In the meantime, Sutherland is about to begin a three-day suspension after withdrawing an earlier appeal.

While she is slated to sit out this Wednesday through Friday, Sutherland is named on Tacky Affair in Wednesday's rescheduled Bessarabian Handicap and could keep that mount and delay the start of the suspension.

On the training front, Mark Casse tops the races-won standings with his 67 winners heading into the final two weeks.

Bob Tiller, last year's Woodbine leader and Sovereign Award winner, is next in line with 60 wins.

Abraham Katryan and Roger Attfield are tied for third at 51 wins with Vito Armata hot on their heels with 49 victories.

Ross barn firing away

Trainer John Ross will not be represented in any of the four stakes here Wednesday, which includes three races rescheduled from the weekend, but the stable still should see its share of stakes action before the season is out.

On Saturday Ross plans to send out Mister Coop, whom he trains for the R.M.C. Stable of Syd and Richard Cooper, in the $125,000 Kingarvie.

Mister Coop, who is coming off a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Deputy Minister here Oct. 16, will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles in the Kingarvie, which is for Ontario-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings.

One of Mister Coop's opponents there could be El Habanero, who worked seven furlongs in 1:28.80 on the fast main track before problems developed with the surface on Saturday and would be stretching out for the first time for trainer Mac Benson.

Brattothecore, who worked five furlongs on the main track Saturday in 1:02.20 under jockey Jake Barton, is the Ross outfit's hopeful for Sunday's Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

"We're going to give her a shot, and see if she can get a good piece of it," said Ross, who sent out Brattothecore to win her only start for a $62,500 claiming price in a five-furlong dash here Oct. 16.

Wild Whiskey, who returned from a six-month layoff to score impressively in a six-furlong second-level allowance here Nov. 7, is slated to start for Ross and owners Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner here in the $125,000 Kennedy Road Nov. 30.

"He doesn't need to do too much right now," said Ross. "It's a matter of just maintaining him."

Krz Ruckus, another leading prospect for the six-furlong Kennedy Road for 3-year-olds and upward, breezed four furlongs in a bullet 48.20 seconds under regular rider Dino Luciani on the fast training track here.

Ross also could be active here in one of the closing-day co-features, with Canasta in the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

"If everything stays okay he's a good possibility," said Ross, who sent out Canasta to work five furlongs in 1:04.40 on the training track Monday.

Canasta, owned by Hillsbrook Farm, ran second to Added Edge in the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 22 and was a close fourth in his latest, when he tried two turns for the first time in an entry-level allowance.

Black Label, who was clocked in 1:02.20 under Chantal Sutherland while working in company with Brattothecore on Saturday, is another potential Kingarvie contestant.

Tailsofthecrypt gelded

Ross also reported that Tailsofthecrypt, who had enjoyed a solid early-season campaign for Jam Jar but had been disappointing recently, was gelded last Sunday.

Tailsofthecrypt, who spent last winter at Classic Mile in Ocala and began his campaign at Tampa Bay Downs in February, will be turned out on the farm Ontario this time around and Ross hopes to see him return a rejuvenated runner.

Heyahohowdy strong in defeat

While Woodbine-based shippers failed to make much of an impact in stakes at Churchill Downs last weekend, Heyahohowdy did distinguish herself with a fourth-place finish in last Saturday's Mrs. Revere.

Heyahohowdy was beaten 4 1/2 lengths, with Lush Soldier another length back in fifth and First Quarter beaten a total of eight lengths while finishing eighth in the 11-filly field.

Stage Classic ran seventh of 11 as the lone Canadian invader in Sunday's River City.

Sovereign media nominees named

On Monday, the Jockey Club of Canada announced the three finalists in each of the 2002 Sovereign Award media categories. The winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Nominees for outstanding newspaper article were Doug Abraham of the Calgary Herald, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, and Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press.

For outstanding feature article, the Jockey Club nominated Jennifer Morrison-Learn in Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine, Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press, and Bruce Walker, in International Thoroughbred Digest.

For outstanding photograph, nominees are Michael Burns Jr. in The Globe and Mail, Robert Gilmour in the Toronto Sun, and David Landry in International Thoroughbred Digest.

Nominees for outstanding film/ video/broadcast were Woodbine Entertainment Group/Sportsnet Television Network, Great North Productions, and CBC Newsworld.