08/19/2008 11:00PM

Southern Exchange moving up


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Southern Exchange, undefeated and virtually untested in three starts here, should make his next appearance in the Del Mar Futurity.

Offering Grade 1 status and a purse of $250,000, the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity will be run on Sept. 3.

"We'd tossed around a number of races, including the Hopeful, the Arlington-Washington Futurity, and the Del Mar Futurity," said Greg DeGannes, who trains Southern Exchange for Bill and Vicki Poston.

"There was no real need to leave - there was the Silver Deputy here Saturday, and the Swynford and Grey coming up," DeGannes said. "But, we felt that if the horse was going to materialize in those major 2-year-old races in the latter part of the year, we needed to give him a shot at a graded race right now."

Southern Exchange, a Kentucky-bred, began his career with a maiden win at 4 1/2 furlongs and followed up with scores in the five-furlong Swynford and six-furlong Colin, all under jockey Jono Jones.

The colt is scheduled to van to Albany, N.Y., on Sunday, where he will catch a flight to Ontario, Calif., and then take another van to San Diego.

DeGannes plans to meet up with Southern Exchange at Del Mar on Monday and breeze him over the surface later in the week

Astrotime still learning<.strong>

DeGannes also is looking forward to running Astrotime, who was an impressive winner at first asking, in the seven-furlong Muskoka here Sept. 1.

The Muskoka, for 2-year-old fillies, is one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the Labor Day program.

Owned by Andrew Fredericks, Astrotime was off slowly but finished strongly to score by a going-away five lengths in her six-furlong debut here July 19.

"She ran very greenly down the lane, on her wrong lead, but was still opening up and it seemed to be a decent field behind her," said DeGannes. "I think the further, the better for her."

Astrotime has turned in a pair of solid five-furlong drills since her opener, with the latest a 1:01.40 move here Aug. 13.

"She's doing tremendous," said DeGannes.

Saturday's supporting feature, the $100,000 Silver Deputy for 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs, attracted a field of six.

Invaders flock to Play the King

Saturday's Play the King, a Grade 2, $250,000 race at seven furlongs on turf, has attracted four shippers from south of the border.

Tam Lin and Emirates to Dubai, owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, are based at Saratoga and are scheduled to arrive at Woodbine early Saturday morning.

Off Duty, trained by Lynn Whiting, will be shipping from Churchill Downs, while Last Gran Standing, trained by Brian Williamson, will be making a second visit from Arlington Park.

Tam Lin, an English-bred 5-year-old gelding who was a Group 3 winner in England, has displayed steady improvement since relocating to North America.

In his last start, which came in the Grade 3 Poker at one mile on turf at Belmont on July 3, Tam Lin finished second behind last year's Woodbine Mile winner, Kip Deville.

Emirates to Dubai, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old horse who also began his career in England, has made his last two starts in minor stakes on the turf at Belmont, winning the Red Wing Dream and then ending a close fifth in the Inside the Beltway in his latest, on July 9.

Patrick Husbands has picked up the mount on Tam Lin, while Jones rides Emirates to Dubai.

Off Duty, a Florida-bred 5-year-old horse, has won two stakes on dirt and two on Polytrack, and comes into the Play the King off a second-place finish in his turf debut in Arlington's five-furlong Taylor's Special on July 26.

Regular rider Larry Melancon will be here for the mount on Off Duty.

Last Gran Standing, an Illinois-bred 5-year-old gelding whose only stakes win came in restricted company, ended a closing third in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture in his last start here, July 20.

Rene Douglas retains the mount on Last Gran Standing, who is 1 for 2 on turf, with both starts coming at five furlongs.

Attfield duo strong in work together

Palladio and Society's Chairman, both trained by Roger Attfield, breezed five furlongs in company in a bullet 1:00 on the training track turf course here Wednesday morning.

"They worked super good," said Attfield. "It was a very serious work."

Regular rider Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Palladio, a 6-year-old horse who finished a good third in his season debut here, the July 27 Seagram Cup at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

"I'll probably have to take him to Saratoga - there's nothing for him here," said Attfield, who is hoping to find a money allowance race for Palladio. "He's very good on the turf, as well. He's very versatile."

Jones, the regular rider for Society's Chairman, was aboard for the work. Society's Chairman is coming off a dismal effort on Polytrack and is scheduled to return to turf for the Halton, a one-mile yearling stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.

Eeny Meeny needs rebound

Eeny Meeny, also trained by Attfield, breezed four furlongs on the training turf in 47.60 seconds under regular rider David Clark in preparation for Sunday's Belle Geste.

The $100,000 Belle Geste, an overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares at seven furlongs on turf, would require a field of five to be carded but should have no difficulty in meeting that minimum requirement.

Eeny Meeny is coming into the Belle Geste off a dismal effort in the Grade 3 Royal North, as she trailed badly throughout that six-furlong turf race here Aug. 2.

"She was awful - dead as a doornail," said Attfield. "She was never in the race. David said she wasn't aggressive at all."

Matt's Broken Vow headed west

Matt's Broken Vow, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Manitoba Derby in his last start, at Assiniboia Downs on Aug. 4, was slated to leave Woodbine on Thursday evening for his engagement in Saturday's 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby.

The field for the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby, the showpiece of the Northlands Park meeting, also includes the Woodbine-based invaders Discreet Commander and Bears Tiger.

Emile Ramsammy will travel to Edmonton to ride Matt's Broken Vow, who is trained here by Josie Carroll.

* Victory Romance, also trained by Carroll, had been nominated to both the Canadian Derby and its companion feature, the $100,000 Edmonton Distaff, but will not be making the trip west.