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Tharrenos has a pair for Nandi at Woodbine
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Bill Tharrenos, who sent out his first winner here in 2005, generally has operated beneath the radar in subsequent seasons.
But Tharrenos will find himself in a different light here Sunday when he sends out both Tree Pose and Lucky Be Me for the $125,000 Nandi, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies that drew a field of 11.
“I expect both fillies to run very well,” Tharrenos said.
Tree Pose, a $9,000 buy at the open session of the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale, was a one-length winner first crack out in an Ontario-sired five-furlong maiden race here July 18.
“She was pretty impressive,” said Tharrenos, who watched Tree Pose duel early with the favored Olivia’s Song.
“She was challenged and put her away. And she galloped out very well.”
Three weeks later, Tree Pose stepped up her game when finishing second, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by the promising repeater Roxy Gap, in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well for Ontario-foaled fillies.
Tree Pose’s effort there resulted in a Beyer Speed Figure of 77, tops in the Nandi lineup.
Lucky Be Me, a $7,000 buy at the local select sale, was a 4 3/4-length debut winner in a 4 1/2-furlong Ontario-sired maiden race on May 15.
Coming off a two-month layoff for the Shady Well, Lucky Be Me ended 12 1/2 lengths back as the fifth-place finisher.
“She got clobbered at the start,” Tharrenos said. “I have high hopes for her; she’s training phenomenally.”
Tree Pose will begin from post 2 under her regular rider Jono Jones, while Lucky Be Me is to start from post 6 under the returning Richard Dos Ramos.
Posh Sox and Bubblestothetop, who finished three-quarters of a length apart when first and second in a restricted five-furlong maiden race here July 10, also should attract support.
Malcolm Pierce, who trains Posh Sox, has been pointing her to the Nandi since that successful debut.
“She’s had a good four weeks now, since she broke her maiden,” said Pierce, who has sent out Posh Sox for a pair of five-furlong breezes during that span.
“She worked a little slow last week, but the track was a little dug up. I was happy with the way she breezed.”
Eurico Rosa da Silva retains the mount on Posh Sox, who drew post 10.
Bubbles the Top also was debuting in the July 10 race.
“She didn’t break very well in her first start, but it might be a case where she doesn’t have a lot of speed,” trainer Mike DePaulo said.
“It might just be that she wants to go longer.”
Patrick Husbands retains the mount on Bubbles to the Top, who drew the outside post.
Shadowsinthenight and Wheres the Bedroom, who both supplemented to the Nandi at a cost of $2,500, also merit consideration.
Smokey Fire set for Vanderbilt
Trainer Sid Attard will be at Saratoga on Sunday to send out Smokey Fire for the Grade 1, $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
Smokey Fire, who shipped out early Friday morning, toppled the sensational Hollywood Hit and former Canadian sprint champion Fatal Bullet when making his seasonal bow in the July 17 Bold Venture here at six furlongs.
Javier Castellano has the mount and will break Smokey Fire from the outside post in the field of seven for the six-furlong Vanderbilt.
Mobilizer returns to training
Mobilizer returned to trainer Roger Attfield’s barn early this week after undergoing throat surgery and getting a breather at nearby Adena Springs.
Owned by Stronach Stable, Mobilizer just missed as the runner-up in the Plate Trial but finished a disappointing 10th as the lukewarm favorite in the Queen’s Plate.
On Friday, Mobilizer had his first breeze since the Queen’s Plate when he went three furlongs on the main track in 36 seconds.
While Attfield had been skeptical about being able to have Mobilizer ready in time for the $500,000 Breeders’, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here next Sunday, he was pleased with what he saw Friday morning.
“I’ve got to at least keep it on the radar,” Attfield said.
Attfield also reports that Hollinger, who was the early favorite for the Queen’s Plate but did not make the race after disappointing in his only two starts , is in the midst of an extended vacation at nearby Windhaven Farm.
“He needs some R and R now, to get it all together,” Attfield said. “He’ll be fine.”
Captain Canuck, Abogado work for Breeders’
Captain Canuck and Abogado, both of whom are possible Breeders’ entrants, worked over the training track turf course here Friday morning.
Trainer Josie Carroll watched Captain Canuck breeze five furlongs in 1:01.40 in his first workout since finishing sixth in Fort Erie’s 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales on July 25.
Abogado, a nonwinner of two who went in 1:16.20, is trained by Analisa Delmas, who sent out Guipago to finish second in last year’s Breeders’ at almost 30-1.
A total of 14 horses have been nominated to the Breeders’, which is the final leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, and at least a couple more could be supplemented.
Hong Kong-based jockey has mount
Alex Lai, a Hong Kong-based jockey who is visiting Woodbine and has worked some horses for Attfield this week, will get a taste of the racing action here Sunday when he rides Grey Boundary for trainer Tino Attard in a 1 1/4-mile turf race.
Lai, 26, who began riding professionally in 2000, was Hong Kong’s leading appprentice rider in 2003-2004 and has won 154 races during his career. He also has competed in Ireland and Australia.
CTHS sale will offer 466 yearlings
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society plans to offer 466 yearlings at its two sales here next month.
The selected session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and includes 225 yearlings. The open session on Saturday, Sept. 11, features 241 yearlings. Both sessions begin at 2 p.m., and catalogs are available at the CTHS and racing offices and at www.cthsont.com/yearsale.php.
For additional information, contact the CTHS office at (416) 675-3602 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
◗ The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third-floor Champions area. Steve Lym, racing secretary and a director of racing at Woodbine, is scheduled to be among the head-table guests.