09/13/2009 11:00PM

Ventura makes impression on exercise rider

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ventura, here working at Saratoga, has not started since the Madison at Keeneland in April.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Ventura, runner-up to Rahy's Attorney in , breezed five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on the main track here Monday in preparation for Sunday's renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million turf feature.

A field of 11 is in prospect for the Woodbine Mile, a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race for 3-year-olds and up. The winner secures a berth in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Sunday's card also will feature the Grade 1, $750,000 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Ventura, a 5-year-old mare who is trained by Bobby Frankel, checked into trainer Brian Lynch's barn here last Friday. Exercise rider Brian P. Lynch, not to be confused with the trainer, was aboard for Monday's drill.

"It's the first time I've ever been on her," said Lynch. "She was beautiful, really awesome."

Ventura will be making her first start since finishing second in the over seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 9.

Jungle Wave, winner of the over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 29, breezed six furlongs in 1:17.20 on the training track Monday. Jungle Wave, who won the 6 1/2-furlong prep for the Play the King in course-record time, had regular rider Todd Kabel in the irons for Monday's move.

"He went nice and easy," said trainer Sid Attard. "If you give him company, he'd work good, but you don't want him too sharp."

Jungle Wave will be among a local contingent that also includes Rahy's Attorney; Field Commission, the Play the King runner-up; Sterwins and Sand Cove, both of whom are coming off main-track stakes wins; Ice Bear, who ran fourth in last year's Woodbine Mile; and Grand Adventure, winner of last year's Summer Stakes and the lone 3-year-old in the prospective lineup.

Invaders yet to arrive from south of the border include Bribon, who won the at Belmont this spring and tuned up for the Woodbine Mile with a turf score over the same distance at Saratoga, and Ferneley, last-out winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on the turf course.

The Barbadian wonder horse Daylight Express, who checked into Woodbine a couple of weeks back, adds intrigue to the lineup.

Daylight Express, winner of his last four starts, worked five furlongs on the main turf course in 1:00.80 here Sunday with his regular rider, Andy Ward, in the irons.

"I didn't want him to extend himself too much," said trainer Robert Peirce, who is pleased with the way Daylight Express is handling his new environs. "His coat's good, he's eating everything."

Grand Adventure also participated in Sunday's main-turf-course training session, breezing six furlongs in 1:13 under regular partner Eurico Rosa da Silva.

"It was perfect - a nice, even breeze," said trainer Mark Frostad.

Rahy's Attorney and Sterwins both tuned up for the Woodbine Mile on the main track, with Rahy's Attorney breezing four furlongs in 48.80 seconds on Sunday and Sterwins five furlongs in 59.20 seconds on Saturday.

Ferneley worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Del Mar last Saturday.