05/06/2005 12:00AM

Two jockeys reach 1,000 wins


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It has been a week for milestones at Woodbine, where jockeys Steven Bahen and Martin Ramirez both notched their 1,000th career victory.

Bahen, who entered the 2005 meeting with 998 winners, scored his 1,000th win aboard Dave the Knave ($2.80) in Friday's second race.

Bahen, 38, rode his first career winner in the summer of 1986. His career highlights include wins in the Queen's Plate, with T J's Lucky Moon in 2002; the Breeders' Stakes, with John the Magician in 1997; and the Canadian Oaks, with Silent Fleet in 1996. His mounts have earned almost $30 million.

Dave the Knave was the 13th starter of the meeting and first winner of the year for trainer Bob Tiller, who has won back-to-back Sovereign Awards as Canada's outstanding trainer.

Ramirez, 40, reached the 1,000 mark Thursday, when he guided Special Petition to an $11.50 score.

Ramirez, who began his career in his native Mexico, started riding in Ontario in 1990 and has been one of the top riders recently at Fort Erie, where he topped the standings in 2002 and 2003 and finished second last year. His biggest career win came with the Tiller-trained Regal Angela in the 1997 Bison City.

Following the end of last year's Fort Erie meeting, Ramirez moved his tack to Woodbine with the intention of riding here throughout the 2005 meeting. Thursday's win was the first of the meeting for Ramirez and came with his 26th mount.

Montpellier allowed to ride in Fury

Constant Montpellier was to begin serving a three-day suspension Saturday but will ride Wewakiwoowho for trainer Dave Cotey in Sunday's seven-furlong Fury Stakes.

A local rule allows Montpellier to ride the stakes race and substitute another day for the purposes of his suspension, which now will conclude after Thursday's card.

Wewakiwoowho was ridden to victory by Todd Kabel in her first start of the season here April 24. That success came in a five-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of two.

"I wasn't going to run her back in the Fury, but I got to looking at the form of some of the others, and she's not that far behind them," said Cotey.

Wewakiwoowho won her debut last August in a $32,000 maiden claiming race and concluded her three-start juvenile campaign by closing to finish second in an allowance sprint.

Cotey said he is hoping she returns to that style Sunday.

"I hope she's not on the lead," said Cotey. "I'd sooner be sitting off it, like she used to run last year."

Wewakiwoowho is nominated to the Grade 3 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here May 22. The Selene is billed as the major prep for the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred fillies June 12.

Stronach gets going in stakes

Stronach Stable is slated to have its first stakes representative of the meeting Sunday, when Candy Box goes in the Fury.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Candy Box made her debut at Keeneland on April 13 and was an 8 1/2-length winner of a maiden special over six furlongs of mud.

Jerry Bailey was aboard that day, but Robert Landry picks up the mount for the Fury.

Wando roughed up but okay

Wando checked back into Woodbine on Thursday afternoon, apparently none the worse for wear after a rough trip in Wednesday's Grade 3 Westchester Handicap at Belmont.

"He seems okay now," said Mike Keogh, who trains Wando. "We were a little worried after the race; he got hit pretty hard."

Wando stalked the pace while wide in the one-mile Westchester but was involved in a bumping incident turning for home and faltered to finish last of seven.

"I'll turn him out for about five days and let him get over the trip," said Keogh. "There are no immediate plans for him."

Wando, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown and Canada's Horse of the Year in 2003, is winless in four starts this season.

Funeral service held for Dunn

A funeral service was to be held Saturday for Allan Dunn, a longtime racetracker who died at his home Wednesday at age 74.

The service was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Newediuk Funeral Home in Etobicoke.

Dunn was associated with the Ontario Thoroughbred industry for more than 50 years, riding and training before beginning a long and successful career as a jockey agent.

His clients included Don Seymour and Robin Platts, both of whom are in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, and Jim McAleney.

Commission reduces Gracey fine

Trainer Phil Gracey lost his appeal of a stewards ruling, in which he was fined $5,000 for refusing to bring Sauvage to the paddock for a race here Oct. 30. The Ontario Racing Commission, which heard Gracey's appeal April 28, reduced the amount of the fine to $2,000.

Sauvage had been entered to run on the turf and was not allowed to scratch when the race was switched to the main track. Scratches are allowed under such circumstances, but only down to a field of five. Six horses had been entered and four wound up competing in the race.

In a similar incident earlier in the year, trainer Mike Mareina paid a fine of $5,000.