09/09/2008 11:00PM

Southern Exchange keeps options open


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Southern Exchange, who finished a creditable fourth in last Wednesday's Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, checked back into Woodbine late Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday morning, Southern Exchange was taking his morning exercise on the main track here, jogging a mile and then galloping a mile under exercise rider Dolan Armstrong.

"He handled everything great - the shipping, the new environment," said trainer Greg DeGannes. "We'll just chalk it up to a great dry run for the Breeders' Cup."

Southern Exchange, a Florida-bred, had won his first three starts here under Jono Jones, including the five-furlong Victoria and six-furlong Colin.

Southern Exchange was beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity after breaking from the No. 2 post and dueling on the inside throughout under Garrett Gomez.

Following the Del Mar Futurity, Southern Exchange spent four days training at Santa Anita under the supervision of Kathy Walsh, who also had given the colt a spot in her barn at Del Mar.

"Her rider was familiar with him," said DeGannes. "It gave him a chance to get over the racetrack, and have a look at the paddock."

Santa Anita, of course, is the site of this year's Breeders' Cup, and DeGannes will look at Woodbine's Summer Stakes and Grey Stakes for what he hopes will be Southern Exchange's final stepping-stone.

The Grade 3, $300,000 Summer, a one-mile turf race on the Oct. 4 Canadian International Day program, offers the winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

The Grade 3, $250,000 Grey will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack on Oct. 5.

"The timing of both races is perfect," said DeGannes. "He seems to have done his best running a month apart.

"He had seven weeks to the Del Mar race, which may have attributed to his being too sharp."

In the meantime, DeGannes could find a guaranteed way to get to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf when he sends out C Karma in Sunday's Grade 3 Natalma, a one-mile turf race that is part of the Win and You're In program.

A Kentucky-bred owned by Pamela Edel, C Karma has run well in main-track sprints here in each of her four starts and will be making her turf debut in the $150,000 Natalma.

"I think she'll like the mile, and the turf," said DeGannes.

The supporting feature on Sunday's program will be the $150,000 Swynford, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds.

DePaulo takes two shots

The $125,000 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, is the headliner on Saturday's program.

Authenicat, an impressive winner of her last two starts in similar company, will be trying the turf for the first time but still looms as the one to beat.

One trainer who will be take a double-barreled shot at doing just that is Mike DePaulo, who will have both Krz Exec and Tenjectory in the field of nine for the La Prevoyante.

Krz Exec had a four-race win streak snapped when she finished a distant fifth behind Authenicat in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search here Aug. 27.

Krz Exec had been successful in her last three starts at 2, including the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean and Ontario Lassie, and opened up her current campaign with a game win in the Ontario Damsel at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf.

"Her last race was shocking; I was surprised she ran so poorly," said DePaulo. "She might have just bounced; she hadn't run for seven months, and she ran such a big race the first time.

"But, I expect her to run well Saturday. She likes the turf, and the mile should be within her range."

Tenjectory had been nominated to the Eternal Search but instead finished second in a restricted first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 22.

"She's coming around well," said DePaulo. "I think she's a little better on the grass."

Tenjectory had finished fifth on the grass in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where but was hindered by an entrapped epiglottis and underwent minor throat surgery prior to her most recent start.

Vella expects better from D'Wild Ride

D'Wild Ride was beaten 16 lengths when she finished second in her first local start, the seven-furlong Passing Mood on the main track here July 23.

The Passing Mood originally had been scheduled for turf, however, and trainer Danny Vella will be looking for a much different result in the La Prevoyante.

"She's a pretty nice filly," said Vella, who took over as D'Wild Ride's trainer after she started for Joe Orseno in the Passing Mood.

D'Wild Ride has started twice on the grass and won a first-level optional $25,000 claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream on April 19.

D'Wild Ride then captured the 5 1/2-furlong Just Smashing and ran third in the six-furlong Dearly Precious over Monmouth's main track.

The La Prevoyante will be her longest test to date.

"She trains like she'd like a mile," said Vella.

Verdana Bold gets one more chance

Verdana Bold, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly who won the six-furlong Star Shoot and the 1 1/16-mile Selene for Vella here this past spring, will be back in training soon after missing some time following her disappointing run in the Ontario Colleen.

"She whacked her pastern there a little bit; that's what happened," said Vella, who watched Verdana Bold falter to finish eighth when traveling a mile on the turf in the Ontario Colleen. "We're hoping to run her one more time this year, near the end of October. She runs very well fresh."

The Ruling Angel, an open 6 1/2-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies, would be a suitable spot for Verdana Bold's seasonal swan song.