06/10/2004 11:00PM

Victoria Park features Marine rematch


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There are two distinct story lines to the $140,375 Victoria Park Stakes, one of the supporting features on Woodbine Oaks Day here Sunday.

One involves the rematch between American-breds Judiths Wild Rush and Organ Grinder, the one-two finishers in the 1 1/16-mile Marine here May 24 and the probable favorites Sunday.

The other concerns the Canadian-breds in the field of nine, who will be looking to use the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park as a stepping-stone to the $1 million Queen's Plate here June 27.

Judiths Wild Rush, Canada's reigning champion 2-year-old but a disappointment in two starts south of the border in December and April, made a triumphant homecoming in the Marine, leading throughout under regular rider Dino Luciani.

"That race picked his head up confidence-wise," said Scott Fairlie, who trains Judiths Wild Rush for Tenenbaum Racing Stable. "He seems to be doing good."

Judiths Wild Rush's only workout since the Marine was a moderate five-furlong breeze in 1:04.40 last Sunday.

"There isn't much to him. He's a pretty narrow horse," said Fairlie. "He didn't need to go fast, so he didn't."

Fairlie also is not concerned about the added yardage of the Victoria Park.

"I think it will be better for him," he said.

Judiths Wild Rush, who won the Display Stakes here as a 2-year-old, will carry high weight of 123 pounds.

Organ Grinder came into the Marine off a third-place finish in his seasonal debut, a six-furlong first-level allowance race here May 1.

"He'll be fitter this time," said Sid Attard, who trains Organ Grinder for S and B Stable. "He wasn't ready for the Marine.

"He was supposed to run the next day, in a nonwinners-other-than, but I was afraid the race wouldn't go. If it did go, I would have scratched him from the stakes."

Organ Grinder also ran well in his two-turn debut here last fall, finishing second in the Grade 2 Grey. Regular rider Simon Husbands retains the mount on Organ Grinder, who gets in with 117 pounds.

The Canadian-breds most likely to make their presence felt are Copper Trail and Picadilly Bay.

Copper Trail, trained by Jim Day, won his only start of the year, a third-level allowance race at 1 1/16 miles here May 16.

Picadilly Bay, trained by John Ross, is 2 for 2 this year, his victories coming in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special and in a seven-furlong first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Other Victoria Park entrants nominated to the Plate are Burst of Fire, Open Lock, and Seeking the Carat.

Pink Champagne returns for Alywow

Pink Champagne, who shipped up from New York to capture the Grade 3 Natalma over a mile on the E.P. Taylor course here last September, will be back for another taste of local turf in Sunday's $113,000 Alywow.

The Alywow, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies, attracted 13 entrants, including one also-eligible.

Pink Champagne, trained by John Kimmel, has been struggling in the United States this season but should find Sunday's company to her liking.

Richard Dos Ramos, who rode Pink Champagne in the Natalma, will be back in the irons.