06/22/2010 11:00PM

Three years later, Black is back in Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Ian Black won with his first Queen's Plate starter when Mike Fox turned the trick in 2007. After being a spectator for the next two years, Black plans to be back with D's Wando in the 151st running of the $1 million Queen's Plate here one week from Sunday.

On Wednesday morning, with regular rider Emma Jayne Wilson in the saddle, D's Wando worked five furlongs in 59.80 while going in company with stablemate Doctor Jack. Jim McAleney was aboard Doctor Jack, a stakes-placed Ontario-sired 3-year-old who was clocked in 1:00.40 and is slated to make his next appearance in the six-furlong Achievement here July 3.

Black said he liked D's Wando's work, especially the gallop-out.

"I wanted to put a decent work into him this week, so I won't have to do as much with him next week," he said.

Clocker Mike Lym caught D's Wando going through fractions of 24.40, 35.80, and 48.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.80 and pulling up through seven furlongs in 1:28.40.

D's Wando won a 1 1/16 mile entry-level allowance here last fall and then finished a close third in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity. But after beginning this season in encouraging fashion, finishing second in the six-furlong Woodstock and third in the seven-furlong Queenston, D's Wando was seventh in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 13.

Black cited the lack of pace as a reason for the disappointing performance while acknowledging that D's Wando's lack of tactical speed remains a drawback.

"He's in good order," said Black. "I just hope there's a strong pace in the Plate."

Big names coming to ride

Trainer Mark Frostad will be bringing in Mike Smith to ride Giant's Tomb and Javier Castellano to pilot Dark Cloud Dancer in the Queen's Plate.

Smith would be riding for the third time in the Queen's Plate, having finished second aboard Mr. Foricos Two U last year after winning with Awesome Again in 1997.

Castellano's lone Queen's Plate mount was Ginger Brew, who was beaten a head as the runner-up to Not Bourbon in 1998.

Giant's Tomb and Dark Cloud are to be among three Sam-Son Farm homebreds in the Queen's Plate, along with Hotep. Also trained by Frostad, Hotep will be ridden by Patrick Husbands.

As of Wednesday morning, a total of 17 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds remained under consideration for the Queen's Plate. The limit for the 1 1/4-mile distance would be 18.

Attfield works the barn

Trainer Roger Attfield had planned to work his Queen's Plate candidates Mobilizer and Hollinger on Wednesday morning but decided to wait until Friday. Attfield still had a full morning, however, as he worked more than a dozen horses on the main track, including several with upcoming stakes engagements.

Society's Chairman and Jimmy Simms, both of whom are intended for Sunday's Grade 2 King Edward at one mile on the turf, breezed under jockey Jono Jones. Society's Chairman went five furlongs in 59.20, while Jimmy Simms was clocked in 47 for four furlongs.

Both Society's Chairman and Jimmy Simms were among four Attfield runners scratched from the Connaught Cup here May 30. Society's Chairman last saw action on April 9 when third in Grade 1 Maker's Mark over one mile of turf at Keeneland, and Attfield elected to reserve him for the $300,000 King Edward. Attfield decided that Jimmy Simms, who has not raced since last Nov. 1, would benefit from more preparation.

Spice Route, continuing to progress toward the Singspiel, breezed six furlongs in 1:13.80 while going in company with Sligovitz, who was clocked in 1:14. McAleney was aboard Spice Route, while exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer guided Sligovitz.

The Singspiel, a 1 1/2-mile turf race with Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, would be Spice Route's first appearance since he finished second in Calder's Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap at the same distance last Dec. 26.

Sligovitz is heading for next Thursday's Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day at 1 1/4 miles. In his last start, Sligovitz ended third in the 1 1/16 mile prep for the Eclipse here May 14.

Ernfold, coming off a fifth-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 13, breezed four furlongs in 47.20 under her regular rider, McAleney, with an eye toward the Bison City here July 11. The $250,000 Bison City, run over 1 1/16 miles, is the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Roan Inish, Moment of Majesty and Embur's Song, the top three finishers from the Woodbine Oaks, all are heading for the Queen's Plate.

Palladio getting a break

Attfield also reports that Palladio, an 8-year-old horse who now has disappointed in three straight outings, has been turned out for a month.

"I don't know why he suddenly packed it on me," said Attfield.

Attfield does surmise, however, that Palladio's slump may bear some relation to an incident this winter when he refused to be loaded aboard an airplane for a trip from Florida to California for the Santa Anita Handicap.

"He's had one really bad gate experience since then, too," said Attfield.

Bay to Bay to Jersey Shore

Bay to Bay, based here with trainer Brian Lynch, has been entered in the Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The Boiling Springs, a 1 1/16 mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Bay to Bay, a Kentucky-bred owned by Rob Smithen, has run twice this year, ending second in the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland and then winning the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington Park, with both races coming over one mile of turf.

Alan Garcia has the call on Bay to Bay for the Boiling Springs.

* Woodbine handicapper and television host Jim Bannon will host a Queen's Plate workouts seminar here Saturday in the trackside tent. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. with a seminar and workouts review to follow beginning at 9:30 a.m.