11/01/2007 11:00PM

Very Professional keeps on winning

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Very Professional, indeed.

Looking fresh and obviously fit at the age of 9, Very Professional rattled off his fourth straight win when entered for an $11,500 claiming price here Thursday afternoon.

Making his 15th start in 2007, Very Professional won by a comfortable two lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84, which was his best of the season.

The gelding also became the sixth horse to win five races at this Woodbine meeting, joining Yolie, Rahy's Attorney, Gigi's Charm, Jacknows, and Dashing Admiral, who at age 6 is the eldest of that quintet.

Very Professional's wins this year all have come at the $10,000 or $12,500 claiming levels.

"I'm surprised nobody's reached for him yet," said Will Armata, who works as an assistant to his father, Vito Armata, and owns Very Professional. "I'll keep jamming him in if everything stays good. There's nothing wrong with making money."

Armata, 25, claimed Very Professional for $10,000 here in September 2006 and sent him out to win for $19,000 two starts later.

"This is his best time of the year," Armata said. "He has a bit of a bleeding problem, and in the summer you've got to take it easy with him.

"In the cold weather you keep him happy, and he runs. He already knows what he wants to do. He's very professional."

Bred in Florida, Very Professional has made $577,013 the hard way with 18 wins, 11 seconds, and 12 thirds from 89 starts.

Along the way, Very Professional has been claimed eight times, twice for $60,000, and has raced for eight different trainers, including three stints with Warren Wilcox and two with Scott Fairlie.

Very Professional also has won under nine different jockeys with his most successful partnership coming with Slade Callaghan, who has been aboard for seven victories.

Patrick Husbands was riding Very Professional for the first time Thursday.

"The horse knows how to get there," Armata said. "He's won with everybody."

And, all remaining well, Very Professional could make two more appearances at the meeting based on his recent bi-weekly schedule.

"In two weeks, he should be ready to go again," Armata said. "But he'll let me know."

Armata, in partnership with Rainbow Stable, also owns Bold Corky, La Gran Emma, and Four on the Rock.

All were acquired by the claiming route with Bold Corky being haltered for $12,500 on July 25, La Gran Emma for $11,500 on Sept. 30, and Four on the Rock for $12,500 in August 2006.

"I hope to go for my trainer's license in March," Armata said.

Coronation Futurity attracts six

A total of 89 Canadian-bred 2-year-olds were eligible for the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at the final payment stage on Aug. 1. But only six are slated to go in Sunday's Coronation, including the maidens Giant Gambit and Go in Peace, who was entered in a maiden race here Thursday but was scratched.

The Sunny's Halo, an overnight stakes scheduled for Sunday, drew just three entrants and was scrapped.

The cancellation marked the third straight year that the Sunny's Halo, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds, was not run.

Russian Rosie joins Attfield barn

Russian Rosie, a 3-year-old who has been racing in England, checked into Roger Attfield's barn here Wednesday evening and is slated to run in next Saturday's $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes for fillies and mares.

Purchased privately by the newly formed syndicate Three Chimneys Racing LLC after her last race, Russian Rosie has made all 12 of her starts on turf, with the last three coming over the Maple Leaf distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Russian Rosie recorded her only win last August in a six-furlong maiden race at Newbury, and has finished second or third on five other occasions.

Jonathan Portman will remain the trainer of record for the Maple Leaf, and Russian Rosie will then be officially transferred to Attfield.

"She'll come to Florida with me," Attfield said. "She looks like an interesting horse."

Lickety Lemon drills for Selima

Lickety Lemon, a 2-year-old filly who is coming off a second-place finish in Keeneland's Jessamine on Oct. 11, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 here Friday morning.

Lickety Lemon, a Kentucky-bred owned by Charles Laloggia, has made all four of her starts on the grass and is scheduled to ship to Laurel for the $125,000 Selima, a 1 1/16-mile turf race on Nov. 24.

"That was one of her better Polytrack works," said trainer Mark Casse, who sent out Lickety Lemon to work in company with Box Wine Betty, who was clocked in 1:01.20. Box Wine Betty, a Texas-bred, is slated to debut in the very near future.

Wind in My Wings, who is trained here by Reade Baker and defeated Lickety Lemon by a neck in the Jessamine, also is targeting the Selima.

Authenicat skips South Ocean

Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies will be in the spotlight here Wednesday in the $150,000 South Ocean at 1 1/16 miles.

Authenicat topped the list of 17 nominees for the South Ocean but will not participate after shipping to Churchill Downs for a third-place finish in last Sunday's Grade 3 Pocahontas at one mile.

Josie Carroll, who trains Authenicat for Vinery Stables LLC and Fog City Stable, said the filly should make her next start in either the Grade 2, $250,000 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 or the $150,000 Ontario Lassie here Dec. 2.

Both the Golden Rod and Ontario Lassie are 1 1/16 mile races for 2-year-old fillies.

* Apprentice jockey Jacklyn Wyatt recorded her first win here Friday, guiding Renga's Girl ($20.40) to victory in the third race. Wyatt had her first mount at Fort Erie on Sept. 23 and had ridden in five more races there and four here at Woodbine prior to Friday's success.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third-floor Champions lounge.