Updated on 09/15/2011 12:36PM

Speightstown slated for Spa


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Speightstown, the $2 million colt who has been perfect in three starts at this meeting, is scheduled to ship to Saratoga on Friday for a crack at the Aug. 3 Amsterdam.

Owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk and trained by Phil England, Speightstown was soundly beaten making his stakes debut in Aqueduct's Gotham this spring but has regrouped to win three sprints here under allowance terms while earning ascending Beyer Speed Figures of 96, 98, and 99.

"I know we've got to be hitting pretty good, to run there," said England of the Grade 2 Amsterdam, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds that offers a purse of $125,000.

"It's going to be an exceedingly tough race. I hope he's good enough."

Speightstown is by Gone West out of Canadian champion Silken Cat.

Wake at Noon highweight

Wake at Noon has been pegged as the 124-pound highweight for next Saturday's Bold Venture Handicap, a 6 1/2-furlong race worth $100,000.

Owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Abraham Katryan, Wake at Noon could run here but also is nominated to the July 28 Philadelphia Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, a six-furlong race offering Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000.

Exciting Story, next in the Bold Venture weights at 123 pounds, is pointing for the Seagram Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race here Aug. 5.

The New York-based Trippi, who was assigned 122 pounds, will not be making the trip north.

Quiet Resolve in Hong Kong Trophy

Next Sunday's feature will be the Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up which offers a purse of $250,000.

Quiet Resolve, who won the Hong Kong Trophy last year en route to being voted Canada's Horse of the Year and champion turf male, heads a slate of local candidates which includes Allende, Certainly Classic, Kimberlite Pipe, Muntej, and River Boat.

Grampas, from England, and Glyndebourne, who last saw action in California, were the only confirmed shippers as of Friday.

Gryder retains Asia mount

Aaron Gryder, who rode the maiden filly Asia to a surprising fourth-place finish here in the June 24 Queen's Plate, has accepted the return call for next Sunday's $350,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

The field for the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, also is expected to include Plate winner Dancethruthedawn, runner-up Win City, third-place finisher Brushing Bully, and sixth-place Thatsthebottomline plus New York invader Wild Years.

Oliva retired

Oliva, the blue-blooded 3-year-old filly owned and bred by Gus Schickedanz and trained by Mike Keogh, has been retired after just two starts.

By Danzig out of the Woodman mare Kathie's Colleen, Oliva had finished second in her six-furlong debut here May 12 and then was a winner over seven furlongs June 8.

"We took a chip out of her ankle as a yearling," said Keogh, "and after she broke her maiden, it didn't look that great."

Keogh had hoped to run Oliva in the Ontario Damsel Stakes here July 2.

"I was going to try and win that with her, then send her home," he said. "But after I breezed her back, her ankles were looking dodgy."

First victory for Kevin Attard

Kevin Attard, who took over as trainer of Stronach Stable's local 2-year-old fleet last month, notched his maiden win here Thursday when Jade Eyed made a successful debut in the fifth race.

Jade Eyed, a Florida-bred by Friendly Lover out of Jade Cat, carried an $80,000 claiming tag and returned $58.70.

"I thought she'd run decent but not the way she did," said Attard. "I was going to be happy with a third with her, but she definitely ran beyond my expectations."

Jade Eyed is nominated to the $125,000 Nandi, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies here July 28.

Two suspensions overturned

Jockeys Na Somsanith and Constant Montpellier both had three-day suspensions overturned after appearing before the Ontario Industry Board of Appeal here Thursday.

The stewards had ruled Somsanith, aboard Regal Snicker, had interfered with Kisbey, ridden by Patrick Husbands, in the vicinity of the quarter pole of the June 9 Canadian Oaks. Husbands testified while he was in tight his mount in fact had taken a bad step.

Kisbey was pulled up and did not complete the race while Regal Snicker finished eighth.

The Montpellier ruling had resulted from alleged careless riding in the seventh race here June 1. His mount, fourth-place finisher Bar U Mokwa, had clipped heels with Bold Engagement, who finished 10th.

Ramsammy to sit three days

Jockey Emile Ramsammy has lost his appeal of a three-day suspension and will sit out the cards of July 22, July 25, and July 26.

Todd Kabel, who had faced a five-day ban for misuse of his whip, also appeared before the appeal board and had his ban reduced to three days, beginning Thursday. He also was assessed a $500 fine.

Apprentice jockey Jeff Burningham has appealed a five-day suspension, which was to begin Wednesday. The stewards ruled Burningham, aboard H Que, had interfered with Miss Bambee Belle entering the far turn in Wednesday's fifth race.

H Que finished first but was disqualified and placed third.

o Fly for Avie, a 6-year-old who returned to training after losing her Theatrical foal in Kentucky this winter, worked four furlongs in 48.80 seconds on the training track turf course here Friday morning. Trained by David Bell, Fly for Avie's major target will be the Sept. 30 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares which she won here last fall.