05/25/2005 11:00PM

Two-time Churchill winner tries Plate next


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - King of Jazz, who strutted his stuff at Churchill Downs on Wednesday afternoon, is scheduled to make his next start here in the June 26 Queen's Plate.

A Manitoba-bred owned by Buckram Oak Farm and trained by Carl Nafzger, King of Jazz was supplemented to the $1 million Queen's Plate at a cost of $15,000 and would be making his first local appearance in the 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

King of Jazz won his maiden over 1 1/8 miles at Churchill on May 25 and won again at that distance in a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up on Wednesday. He won by two lengths under Rafael Bejarano and posted a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"I thought he ran a good race," said Ian Wilkes, an assistant to Nafzger. "The horse is still learning, but he's starting to catch on and understand what he's doing."

Shipping plans have not been finalized, but Wilkes expects King of Jazz to arrive at Woodbine the week of the Plate. Bejarano has the call.

Norfolk Knight injured and out

Norfolk Knight, who weakened to finish last of eight in Monday's Eclipse Handicap, is unlikely to race again this year.

"He tore his sheath a little bit, between the tendon and the bone," said Hugo Dittfach, who trains Norfolk Knight for owner-breeder Margaret Squires. "He needs to stand in his stall for a couple of months. To do it right, he should have off to next year."

Dittfach suspected something had gone amiss when Norfolk Knight, ridden by regular rider Jill Scharfstein, started backing up on the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse.

"I knew he was in trouble," said Dittfach. "The race had been perfect; the first quarter was slow. He was sitting well, and she hadn't even asked him yet."

Norfolk Knight, a 6-year-old gelding, did not make it to the races until he was 4 years old and has compiled a record of 9-3-4 from 30 starts, earning $590,621.

Last year, Norfolk Knight won the Steady Growth and Durham Cup and was a Sovereign Award finalist in the older male category.

Mobil suffered cut in Eclipse

Mobil, the Sovereign Award winner in last year's older male division, experienced problems at the start of the Eclipse and failed to threaten while finishing sixth.

"He stumbled coming out of the gate and grabbed his quarter real bad," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

"Every time he put his foot down, walking home after the race, blood pumped out of it."

Keogh planned to give Mobil at least a week off. The July 1 Dominion Day Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile race that Mobil won by 12 3/4 lengths last year, could be his next target if all goes well.

Martin rejoins Keogh

Robbie Martin, who has been training on his own here for the past five years, is going back to his former role as Keogh's assistant.

The position recently became available when Amanda Erwin left Keogh's employ and went to work with trainer Layne Giliforte.

"I'd had enough," said Martin of the decision to curtail his training career. "It was just getting too tough. I had horses who just couldn't win."

Always Hope, a 4-year-old filly whom Martin owns in partnership with Janalene Kingshott, will move over to Keogh's shed row while his other horses are heading in various directions.

Martin was Keogh's right-hand man for six years and among their successes were Langfuhr, Kathie's Colleen, and Woodcarver.

Martin has won 31 races as a trainer, including two stakes at Fort Erie. Bold Artic Ice won the 2004 Rainbow Connection for him and Golden Returns won the Expedite Plus in 2001.

Reputed Deeds is first 3-time winner

Reputed Deeds became the first three-time winner of Woodbine meeting on Wednesday, winning an allowance race for nonwinners of three.

Reputed Deeds, an Ontario-sired 4-year-old filly trained by Dave Cotey, began her campaign with a maiden $45,000 claiming win here over five furlongs April 16 and won again on May 5 in a six-furlong race for $40,000 nonwinners of two.

Wednesday's seven-furlong race was closed to horses that had won a purse of $34,200 in either of their last two starts, but the favorite and third-place finisher was Touchnow, who won last year's $250,000 Labatt Bison City at Fort Erie and was runner-up in the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

Reputed Deeds, meanwhile, had a record of 0-1-1 from seven starts last year, while finishing up at the $20,000 claiming level.

"She just wasn't 100 percent last year; she had her little problems," said Cotey. "But she used to train real well.

"She's sound this year, and she's running like she trains."

Cotey said he believes Reputed Deeds would be competitive in two- other-than company, and also points out that she would be a candidate for starter allowances.

Wewakiwoowho in deep

Wewakiwoowho will represent the Cotey barn in Saturday's feature, the $125,000 Lady Angela Stakes.

But with Bosskiri and Baby Lou among Wewakiwoowho's opponents, Cotey is not letting his hopes get too high.

Wewakiwoowho began the year with a win in a five-furlong allowance race for nonwinners of two, with River Nore finishing second. But while River Nore returned to win the seven-furlong Fury, Wewakiwoowho finished 8 3/4 lengths back in fifth place.

"I'm expecting a better race from her," said Cotey. "She might be able to get third."