06/22/2009 11:00PM

Versatility Stylish Citizen's hole card


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer John Ross missed the big dance here last weekend when Costalivin had to pass on Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate. But, Ross picked up a nice consolation prize here Saturday when Stylish Citizen upset the $101,250 Charlie Barley, an open race for 3-year-olds that was run over a mile and 70 yards on the main track after being taken off the turf.

Stylish Citizen rallied from fourth place to get up for a half-length victory under Jim McAleney in the Charlie Barley.

"At the time I'd rather it had remained on turf, but he broke his maiden on the Poly, so it wasn't a big concern," said Ross.

Stylish Citizen, a Kentucky-bred owned by Casanova Stud Enterprises, won his maiden when tagged for $50,000 in a seven-furlong race here last Nov. 22. After wintering with Ross at Payson Park in Florida, Stylish Citizen raced in two first-level allowance races here and was coming into the Charlie Barley off a third-place finish over seven furlongs of grass.

"It looks like he's going to be a versatile horse," said Ross.

The $150,000 Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race July 11, is the next open stakes here for 3-year-olds, and Stylish Citizen is a candidate.

Ross also has a Toronto Cup prospect in Awesome Rhythm, who is riding the crest of a Polytrack stakes triple and could try the grass for the first time. Awesome Rhythm hasn't worked since winning the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park on June 7.

"I gave him a little bit of a break to freshen him up," said Ross. "I might try to work him on turf this week."

Costalivin, meanwhile, is recuperating from the blood disorder that derailed his Queen's Plate bid.

"I'll probably aim him for the Deputy Minister," said Ross, referring to the seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here July 15. "He'd look pretty good in there."

Big weekend for Carroll

Somewhat lost amidst all the Queen's Plate hoopla was the success of trainer Josie Carroll, who sent out three winners over the weekend, including Smart Surprise in the $105,500 Hill 'n' Dale.

Smart Surprise, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old owned by Hill 'n 'Dale Equine Holdings Ltd., was recording her second consecutive stakes win in the Hill 'n' Dale, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares. She captured the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie in her meet bow.

Serenading, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old who is trained by Carroll for the same owners, was the slight favorite over her stablemate in the Hill 'n' Dale but finished a non-threatening fourth.

The next two-turn main track stakes for the division here is the $150,000 Ontario Matron, a 1 1/16-mile race on July 19.

On Sunday, Carroll and her client Donver Stable accounted for both halves of the early double as Careless Jewel romped in a first-level allowance and Takiddm made a successful debut in a 2-year-old dash.

Careless Jewel, a 3-year-old filly, scored by 7 1/4 lengths when traveling around two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile opener. In her two previous starts, both at six furlongs, Careless Jewel had finished third at Keeneland and then won in impressive fashion here.

Takiddm, a homebred who was foaled in Ontario, scored by three-quarters of a length in the five-furlong second race. Another Carroll runner, Southern Legend, finished second.

Tell It As It Is done in by slop

Tell It As It Is is back at Woodbine after finishing a distant fourth in last Saturday's Grade 3 Obeah at Delaware Park. The Obeah, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, was run over a sloppy dirt surface.

"She was moving at the quarter pole, but she tired late," said Jim Smith, who trains Tell It As It Is for Richard Lister. "I still think she's a better dirt horse, but it was such a false track the other day."

The first four finishers in the Obeah earned an automatic nomination to the Grade 2, $1 million Delaware Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares on July 18.

"I don't think she'll go there," said Smith, who said he has options at Woodbine, Mountaineer Park, and Monmouth Park.

Mullins Beach getting ready

Mullins Beach, winner of the five-furlong La Voyageuse here opening day, breezed four furlongs in 50.80 on Tuesday morning in preparation for a possible appearance in the July 5 Ontario Damsel. The $150,000 Ontario Damsel is a 6 1/2-furlong turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"She just went nice and easy," said trainer Malcolm Pierce. "I'm trying to get her to the Damsel, but she's only 50-50. She pulled her shoulder a little bit in her last start, and I missed two weeks with her at a crucial time."

Mullins Beach last saw action here May 3, finishing third in the seven-furlong Fury for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

One ticket nets $203,000

The only perfect ticket sold on last Sunday's $2 pick six was purchased in New Hampshire and cost $4,320, according to Woodbine officials.

The $203,499 jackpot used one horse, Palmers, in the first leg and continued with three, six, four, five and six horses through the remaining legs.

Sunday's pick six included a $140,000 carryover from Saturday's final daily pick six, with Woodbine adding $150,000.

Next Sunday's pick six will begin with a pool of $150,000 provided by Woodbine.