07/23/2009 11:00PM

Trainer looks to make splash in Breeders'

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Even though Cobotown Ron had won the allowance prep, his trainer, Analisa Delmas, resisted the temptation to bring her stable star back in Sunday's $300,000 Nijinsky.

"The timing was the main thing," said Delmas, noting that the 1 1/4-mile Nijinsky prep had fallen just two weeks before the main event. "I also figured it would come up very tough, and it did."

So while Cobotown Ron will await another battle, Delmas is headed for the biggest race of her career. She will run up to three horses in next Sunday's $500,000 Breeders', which is the final leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

The Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race, attracted 21 nominees, with a field of up to 12 expected.

Guipago and Mensch, who finished one-two in a maiden turf race here July 9, and Hisaki, third last time out in the Toronto Cup, make up the trio who could represent Delmas in the Breeders. All were sired in Ontario.

"We'll see how they train into the race," said Delmas, 37, who is in her fourth year as a trainer here for the Fieldstone Farm of her father, Ron Delmas. "If they seem up to the task, we might dream a little."

Guipago had shown flashes of ability on the main track and came up with his best effort to date when finishing second in a seven-furlong maiden turf race here June 24. Stretched out to 1 3/8 miles, Guipago stalked the pace and prevailed by a half-length over Mensch, who was making his turf debut.

"We knew that Guipago liked the turf, but we were concerned about the distance," said Delmas. "He'd only had two sprints this year; it was a matter of fitness.

"Mensch, we felt with his breeding we always wanted to try him on turf. His fitness level was good; he'd run long in his last two races."

Hisaki, also a maiden, finished sixth when making his turf debut at seven furlongs and was a supplementary entrant to the Toronto Cup, an open race for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles of grass which attracted a field of just five.

"We gambled," said Delmas. "When it came up light, we were hoping for a step up. It was a very nice surprise considering the caliber of the race."

Hisaki was beaten a total of four lengths, finishing a half-length shy of runner-up Coffee Bar and ahead of multiple stakes winner Awesome Rhythm, who was trying the grass for the first time.

Familiar faces heading to Breeders'

Eye of the Leopard, winner of the Queen's Plate, and Gallant, who upset the Prince of Wales, head the list of probables for the Breeders'.

Mr. Foricos Two U, runner-up in the Queen's Plate before ending fifth in the Prince of Wales, and Keino West, sixth in the Queen's Plate and fourth in the Prince of Wales, also are Breeders' candidates.

Others eyeing the Breeders' are Genius Kinshasa and Parabola, both of whom won an allowance race on the turf last time out; Reservoir, a turf allowance winner this spring who would be making his first start since finishing 11th in the Queen's Plate; Keep Six, coming off a fourth-place finish behind Genius Kinshasa; and Full Throttle, a maiden.

Gallant, Genius Kinshasa and Reservoir all would have to be supplemented to the Breeders' at a cost of $12,000.

Genius Kinshasa, who is trained by Vito Armata, tuned up for the Breeders' with a five-furlong drill in 1:02 over the main track here Friday morning.

"He went nice and easy," said Armata. "We just ran him on turf, so it didn't matter where he worked."

Genius Kinshasa, competing in Ontario-sired company, won his maiden over 1 1/16 miles and then finished second in a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles before he tried turf for the first time here July 10. With regular rider Emile Ramsammy aboard for that 1 1/4-mile race, Genius Kinshasa set a moderate pace and never looked back en route to a one-length victory.

"We wanted to give him a shot on the turf and see how he went," said Armata. "After he won on the turf, the next step is the Breeders'. He ran pretty good."

Awesome Rhythm to West Virginia

Awesome Rhythm, who had won three straight two-turn stakes on Polytrack here before disappointing in the Toronto Cup, is slated to make his next start in Saturday's West Virginia Derby on the dirt at Mountaineer Park.

"The owner and I talked, and decided to test the waters," said John Ross, who conditions Awesome Rhythm for Domenic Triumbari. "He worked well on the dirt when he was with me at Payson Park."

Awesome Rhythm is scheduled to leave Monday for the West Virginia Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $750,000. Regular rider Jim McAleney has the mount.

Doing it the old-school way

Spice Route, one of the leading contenders for Sunday's Nijinsky, blew out three furlongs in 39.80 on the main track here Friday morning for trainer Roger Attfield. The practice of giving a horse a short breeze a day or two prior to a race once was common here, but Attfield is one of the very few remaining practitioners.

"Certain horses, I think, need to blow out a little bit," said Attfield. "It's mainly just for the wind, for some of the stuffier horses."

Three riders fined

Patrick Husbands, Emma-Jayne Wilson, and Luis Contreras all have been fined for whip violations by the Woodbine stewards.

Husbands was fined $500 for his third whip violation, and the second that involved leaving welts on the flank of his mount, after finishing third aboard Mushka in the July 11 Nassau. Wilson was fined $300 for excessive use of the whip, her second such offense, for her ride aboard Mr. Bowie in the third race here July 17. Mr. Bowie finished second, beaten a length. Contreras also was fined $300 for his second excessive use of the whip offense following his ride aboard third-place finisher Always Wildcat'n in last Saturday's Colin.