Updated on 09/17/2011 10:26AM

Souvenier Biz looks like the key to unlocking Win Four


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Handicappers seeking a Win-Four single on Wednesday's eight-race card should look no farther than Souvenier Biz in the first leg, race 4, a six-furlong maiden special for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Souvenier Biz was involved in a three-way front-end battle when he debuted in a maiden race April 20, and was beaten a half-length by Proximos while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 88. Since that race, which graded out fast, he has worked an impressive five furlongs over the training track in 59.60 seconds. Trainer Danny Vella will give Souvenier Biz Lasix for Wednesday's race.

Robert Landry retains the mount on Souvenier Biz, a Kentucky-bred Stronach Stable runner who will be a short price in the seven-horse field.

Four other maiden races will be run Wednesday, the first Wednesday program of the Woodbine meeting. Post time for the first race is 6:45 p.m.

Selene next for Elusive Thought

Elusive Thought, a front-running winner of last Sunday's seven-furlong Fury Stakes, will likely make her first start around two turns May 19 in the Grade 1 Selene Stakes, according to trainer and co-owner Reade Baker.

"If she runs well enough in there, then we will go on to the Oaks," Baker said. "I was pretty impressed with her race in the Fury. When she got away with that [opening] quarter in 23.20, I think that made the race for her."

The $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, formerly the Canadian Oaks, will be run June 8.

Baker is fairly confident that Elusive Thought, a daughter of Elusive Quality, will handle the Selene distance of 1 1/16 miles.

"She's long and stretchy - not blocky like a sprinter," Baker said. "There's some route breeding in her pedigree. She's out of an Ascot Knight mare who's a half-sister to Queen's Plate winner Regal Discovery."

Jim McAleney, who has ridden Elusive Thought in all four of her races, also believes that route distances are within her reach. McAleney and Baker also teamed up to take the 2002 Fury with Gonetofarr.

Fury runner-up Mountain Dawn is also expected to compete in the open Selene as her final prep for the nine-furlong Oaks, which, like the Fury, is restricted to Canadian-breds.

Mobil on schedule for Plate Trial

Mobil took his first serious step toward the $1 million Queen's Plate here last Saturday, winning the seven-furlong Queenston in his seasonal bow. He is owned and was bred by Gustav Schickedanz and is trained by Mike Keogh.

Keogh experienced an anxious moment during the running of the Queenston, as Mobil seemed to be coming up empty around the final turn before regrouping for a one-length score under Todd Kabel.

"I thought 'Oh, oh, this isn't supposed to be happening,' because he started backing up there for a second," said Keogh.

"I couldn't believe it - the way the horse had been working all spring, I was really confident."

Keogh, who is juggling Plate preps between Mobil and his stablemate Wando, has nominated both colts to the May 17 Marine, an open Grade 3 race over 1 1/16 miles.

"I would like to go with Wando in the Marine, then go to the Plate Trial with Mobil," said Keogh.

The Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds, will be run here May 31. The Queen's Plate, at 1 1/4 miles, goes June 22.

Wando was scheduled to breeze five furlongs Sunday morning under exercise rider Louise McDonald but did not meet the minimum time requirement for inclusion on the work tab.

"I think I scared Louise a little bit," said Keogh. "I said I just wanted a nice, easy maintenance work.

"But that's okay; when I work him on his own he never does that much, anyway."

Keogh plans to work Wando in company next weekend with Kabel in the irons.

Quiet Dare will try two turns

Quiet Dare made his first start of the season in the Queenston, and underlined his status as a horse to watch on the Plate trail with his second-place finish under David Clark.

"I was very pleased with his race," said Mac Benson, who trains Quiet Dare for owner-breeder George Strawbridge Jr.'s Augustin Stable. "It was educational, and he got something out of it.

"David took him back, and tried to get him to settle a little. Nobody seemed to want to go to the lead, and we want to try and get him so he will come from out of it."

Quiet Dare's next target is the Marine, which would be his initial attempt around two turns.

Singh breaks collarbone

Jockey Sunny Singh will be out of action for four to six weeks after sustaining a broken collarbone in a spill here in last Friday's eighth race.

Singh was thrown to the track when his mount, Dreams Go Bye, collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack.

Singh was off to a strong start this year with 6 wins, 19 in-the-money finishes, and earnings of $159,376 from his first 47 mounts.

- additional reporting by Bill Tallon