08/01/2007 12:00AM

Top Speed back for Breeders' Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Wayne Mogge, who is based at Turfway Park, shipped Top Speed to Woodbine for a first-level allowance race on July 22, and the colt finished second.

After returning to his home base, the 3-year-old will be back in town and making his stakes debut in Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

"He's kind of an immature colt," said Mogge, who trains a division for Toronto-based owner Stuart Hyman. "It's taken him a while to come together.

"But I think turf definitely is his best surface, and the mile and a half distance might suit him."

Top Speed came to the track last summer with Mike Keogh, who trains for Hyman here at Woodbine.

"I sent him home," Keogh said. "He was too big and backward."

When Top Speed was deemed ready to race, he was sent to Mogge, who had hooked up with Hyman in spring 2006.

Debuting with a $40,000 tag over six furlongs at Keeneland, Top Speed trailed in the field of 11 early and showed some late life to finish sixth.

"He ran a pretty decent race," Mogge said. "He got away terrible, made a nice run at them into the stretch, and then got a little intimidated by the size of the crowd.

"He was eight or nine wide, circling the field, and he got a little green on me in the stretch."

Top Speed then shifted his focus to turf, finishing fourth in a maiden special over 1 1/16 miles at River Downs and third over one mile at Indiana Downs before graduating there over the same distance June 19.

"For Indiana Downs, it was a fairly solid maiden race," Mogge said. "That track is kind of a second-tier racetrack, but it's close to home.

"I felt like he needed to get his maiden broke and get his confidence built up. It was a good effort."

Top Speed's next and latest outing came against older rivals here in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race.

The $69,900 purse was by far the biggest that Top Speed had seen to date, and the $13,820 he earned for finishing second more than doubled his take from his maiden score at Indiana Downs.

More importantly, the effort cemented Top Speed's Breeders' status.

"I was a little bit tight on timing and I felt like the horse needed a prep race," Mogge said. "I understand it was a long way to go, and it was a little close to the Breeders'.

"But I felt like it was that important to go ahead and send him up there and get a race under his belt and see how he handled the trip and the paddock and the surroundings. He did everything great. He passed with flying colors and ran a huge race."

Robert Landry, who rode Top Speed for the first time that day, retains the mount for the Breeders'.

Golani seeks first win in Breeders'

Keogh also will saddle a horse for Hyman in the Breeders'. Golani, who is a maiden after 10 starts, will be looking to capitalize on the extended distance.

"We're taking a shot," Keogh said. "He's a galloper. He goes all day.

"That's the only reason I'm running him. He'll get the trip. Whether he's good enough is another question."

Golani had been under consideration for the June 24 Queen's Plate, but that plan was shelved.

"He just didn't seem to be handling the Polytrack that well," said Keogh.

Golani finished fourth in two turf tries, one at 1 1/16 miles and one at 1o1/8 miles.

It's a Danzig ships in

It's a Danzig arrived from Arlington Park on Wednesday morning along with assistant trainer Jason Desilets and has taken up temporary residence in Keogh's shed row.

Trained by Rebecca Maker, It's a Danzig was here for the Plate Trial but finished a lackluster second.

It's a Danzig has finished third in each of his two subsequent outings, both of which came in first-level allowances over 1 1/16 miles at Arlington, and will be racing without blinkers for the first time here Sunday in the Breeders'.

"Hopefully, that will help him move forward," Maker said. "He's just not putting out as well as he should be, or can."

It's a Danzig, who will be making his eighth start, will be ridden by Jesse Campbell for the first time.

Maker is not greatly concerned that the colt has yet to travel beyond 1 1/8 miles, the distance over which he notched his lone win, which came on the turf at Churchill Downs.

"I don't think he'll have any problem with the distance," Maker said. "Everybody who's ever ridden him has said the farther, the better."

Twilight Meteor, the other invader for the Breeders', is based at Belmont with trainer Todd Pletcher and is slated to arrive Friday. Chris DeCarlo will ride Twilight Meteor for the first time.

Red Raffles trying two turns

Red Raffles, who has made his last three starts in stakes, appears to have found a favorable spot but will be traveling around two turns for the first time here in Friday's second-level allowance feature at 1 1/16 miles.

"The distance should suit him," trainer Catherine Day Phillips said. "He relaxes nicely. I think that will be an advantage for him."

Owned by Kingfield Racing Stable of Day Phillips and her husband, Todd Phillips, Red Raffles finished third in his last two outings, which came in the seven-furlong Achievement for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and the six-furlong Deputy Minister for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Friday's $73,500 race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward has attracted a field of seven.

Runoff to L A passes on Breeders'

Day Phillips also had been considering going into the Breeders' with Runoff to L A, who is a maiden after four starts but is coming off an encouraging third-place finish over 1o1/4 miles of turf.

But with a field of at least 11 shaping up for the Breeders', Day Phillips elected to enter Runoff to L A in a 1 1/8-mile maiden special on the main track here Saturday.

"I thought with six or seven horses, it might be worth taking a shot at the Breeders'," Day Phillips said.