11/28/2007 12:00AM

Struggling with weight, Kabel done till next year

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Todd Kabel, who has ridden sparingly in recent weeks and not at all since Nov. 18, has called it a season.

"I decided enough was enough," said Kabel, who will celebrate his 42nd birthday next Friday. "My weight's just been atrocious, and I was tired of reducing. It's hard on the body. It's not good.

"It's not fair to the owners and trainers, either. When you're coming in to ride one or two horses, you're not as fit as you should be, and then you're pulling a lot of weight on top of it."

Kabel has taken home the Sovereign Award as Canada's outstanding rider the past four seasons. He has won 3,164 races for purses of more than $98.7 million (U.S.) in a career that began at Assiniboia Downs in 1984.

Kabel has ridden in just 342 races this year, compared with 574 last year and 836 in 2003. His earnings this season stand at $4,236,640, down from a career high of $11.3 million in 2003.

Still, Kabel won 51 races and 11 stakes, topped by his victory aboard Alezzandro in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

Kabel said he and his wife, Jody, have not yet made any plans for the winter.

"I'll probably be back in March," he said. "If I stay here I'll start up early in the spring. If not, I'll go down to Florida and start up."

Day Phillips barn's grand year not over yet

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips won't soon forget the year 2007 due to the exploits of Jambalaya, whose highlight reel includes wins in the Grade 1 Arlington Million and the Gradeo1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf.

Jambalaya, who is owned by Day Phillips in partnership with her husband, Todd Phillips, was unable to keep his date in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth Park because of an acute bone bruise in a foot, but appears to be on the mend at the family's Kingfield Farm.

"He looks great," Day Phillips said. "He's had one round of post-injury X-rays, and we're very happy with those.

"We'll take another set in the first week of December, and we'll see where we are from there. He's booked to go down to Florida in mid-December."

Jambalaya will be heading to Kingfield South in the Ocala area.

"We have 19 horses down there already, and we're taking another 19," said Day Phillips. "We have a 10-acre farm and share a three-quarter-mile training track."

Day Phillips also has booked a dozen stalls at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. training center, which has a new one-mile artificial surface.

"Jambalaya ran out of there at Gulfstream last year, and we may have some to run out of there again this year," she said.

In the meantime, the Day Phillips barn will be looking to make more marks here with prospects for three of the meet's four remaining stakes.

Bold Suspect has been entered in Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds. Short Shorts is likely to run in Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies. Soul Rebel is heading for the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up here Dec. 8.

Bold Suspect has raced three times, his best effort coming when he was beaten a nose while stretching out to a mile and 70 yards in an Ontario-sired maiden race here Nov. 1.

"He was battling with two other horses all the way down the lane, put them away, but got nipped right at the wire," said Day Phillips. "He doesn't have a lot of speed, but he seems to be a steady-paced horse."

Short Shorts, who like Bold Suspect has made all of her starts in Ontario-sired company, finished second in a pair of six-furlong maiden sprints before graduating impressively at seven furlongs. In her last and most recent outing, Short Shorts stretched out to 1 1/16 miles and was a close third in the South Ocean.

"Her style had been to sit off the pace and make a big run," said Day Phillips. "That's how she broke her maiden. But in her last race there wasn't much pace. She was closer to the front end there, and she didn't seem to be as effective."

Soul Rebel has won 6 of 9 starts and was a close third in last year's Sir Barton for his former trainer John Charalambous. In his last appearance, on June 9, Soul Rebel finished a distant third as the odds-on choice in the 1 1/16-mile Steady Growth.

"He's going great," said Day Phillips, who sent out Soul Rebel to work five furlongs in 59.60 seconds here last Sunday and would be saddling him for the first time in the Sir Barton. "He's right on target."

Kingarvie nominee D'duplicate is entered Friday

D'duplicate was nominated for the Kingarvie but has been entered in a six-furlong maiden race on Friday.

The six-furlong $60,000 race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds attracted a field of 12 and will go as the fifth of 10 races on the program.

D'duplicate, owned and bred by Hillsbrook Farm and trained by Danny Vella, finished a solid second in his debut at six furlongs but then was unplaced in the seven-furlong Frost King. Both starts came in Ontario-sired company.

Apprentice jockey Tyler Pizarro retains the mount on D'duplicate, who will break from post 11.

Money Spitter, who finished well when debuting in a restricted five-furlong maiden race here Nov. 8, also looks inviting in this field, which also includes nine first-timer starters.