07/27/2007 12:00AM

Veteran can reward another trainer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainers Scott Fairlie, Reade Baker, and Julian Canet all have won stakes races with Judiths Wild Rush, a 6-year-old horse who has earned $992,940 in his 42-race career.

Now Gerry Seymour, who took over as Judiths Wild Rush's trainer for owner Harvey Tenenbaum here in mid-April, will be looking to add his name to that list in Sunday's Gradeo3, $150,000 Seagram Cup.

Judiths Wild Rush would, in fact, be the first stakes winner for the 38-year-old Seymour, whose longtime association with Tenenbaum dates back to the days when he was an assistant to trainer Conrad Cohen.

"He's doing great," Seymour said of Judiths Wild Rush, who breezed six furlongs in 1:15.40 under his new rider, Emile Ramsammy, on July 18.

"He finished strong, and if you watched him work it was effortless."

Judiths Wild Rush was Canada's champion 2-year-old male when he was trained by Fairlie in 2003, and won back-to-back Sovereign Awards when trained by Baker in 2005 and 2006.

Judiths Wild Rush wintered with Canet for the second time this year, and in his last start for him finished second in the six-furlong Jacques Cartier. Since then, Judiths Wild Rush's focus has been expanded.

"He wants to route now," said Seymour. "It's a more relaxing pace for him."

Seymour, who had been Tenenbaum's farm manager for four years, returned to the racetrack last spring and sent out Judiths Wild Rush for the first time in the seven-furlong Vigil on April 28. Judiths Wild Rush finished third.

In his next appearance, Judiths Wild Rush stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the Grade 3 Eclipse May 21 and ended second, 2 1/2 lengths behind Palladio, who is in the Seagram lineup.

True Metropolitan, the probable Seagram favorite, was third there, 1o1/4 lengths behind Judiths Wild Rush.

"He ran a huge race," said Seymour, noting that Judiths Wild Rush repelled pace pressure from several rivals before Palladio launched his bid. "Palladio came around him and opened up two lengths. But he never opened up any more since Judiths Wild Rush spotted him."

Judiths Wild Rush has started once since the May 21 Eclipse, finishing fourth in a classified allowance race over six furlongs here June 17 in an effort that should set him up nicely for the Seagram Cup.

"He's had a breather, and a couple of six-furlong works," said Seymour. "I expect an improved effort, even over the Eclipse."

Stakes debut for 5-year-old

Fuhrever Dancing, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old gelding, will be making his 35th career start but his first in a stakes in the Seagram Cup.

Fuhrever Dancing comes into the Seagram Cup for trainer Mike DePaulo off a front-running score under Todd Kabel in a fourth-level optional claiming race at 1 1/16 miles here July 5.

"It was one of those races where you thought there'd be a ton of speed, and there wasn't," said DePaulo. "Kabel just kind of turned him loose, and off he went."

Kabel will be riding the probable favorite, True Metropolitan, in the Seagram Cup, and Justin Stein, who piloted Fuhrever Dancing to victory in a 6 1/2-furlong third-level optional claimer here April 29, again has the mount.

"It's going to be a real tough race," said DePaulo, looking at the Seagram Cup lineup. "But my horse has won up to four-other-than, and he's American-bred, so there are not a lot of spots for him. He'll be relegated to stakes and preps."

Fuhrever Dancing tuned up for the Seagram Cup with a sharp five furlongs in 59.20 seconds on the main track here Monday.

Storm stops turf training

The turf training track did not open as scheduled following a brief downpour here Friday morning.

On Sunday, weather permitting, the main turf course will open at 8 a.m. for a special one-hour training session restricted to Breeders' Stakes nominees.

The $500,000 Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds that will be run here next Sunday, is the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown.

Mike Fox, winner of the Queen's Plate, and Alezzandro, who turned the tables in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales, head the list of probable Breeders' candidates.

Next Sunday's card also will include the $125,000 Shepperton, a 6o1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward. Main Executive and Executive Choice are among those eyeing the Shepperton.

Saturday's feature will be the $125,000 Nandi, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies. Authenicat and Tarez, who both won their maidens last time out, are slated to make their stakes debuts in the Nandi.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Royal North, a six-furlong turf race for fillies and mares, will wrap up the long weekend stakes action here Monday, Aug. 6. Financingavailable, who was beaten a neck as the runner-up in last year's Royal North, will be seeking her first graded stakes victory.

Cultural celebration

Sunday will be Chinese Cultural Day here at Woodbine featuring traditional Chinese entertainment and Ming Dynasty-themed exhibits on the fourth floor of the grandstand.

The Chinese Cultural Centre is the sponsor of the Seagram Cup.