05/05/2002 11:00PM

Wild Whiskey getting time off

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Two Queen's Plate hopefuls from the John Ross stable are heading in different directions following last Saturday's running of the Queenston Stakes.

Shaws Creek, whom Ross trains for the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds, took a significant step forward on the road to the June 23 Plate with his come-from-behind victory in the seven-furlong Queenston.

But Wild Whiskey, whom Ross trains for Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner, is going to the farm after injuring a shin while finishing eighth in the field of 10.

Wild Whiskey, coming off a front-running 8 3/4-length victory in the six-furlong Achievement, was sent to the lead in the Queenston but was supplanted by Rare Friends, who streaked to the front while opening up through very quick fractions.

Jockey Ray Sabourin attempted to take hold of Wild Whiskey, a tactic to which the colt visibly objected as he faded from contention.

"He bucked out pretty bad on one shin," said Ross, adding that Wild Whiskey had been bothered by a similar problem following his successful debut here last fall.

"He's still kind of an immature 3-year-old; he basically turned 3 in May. He'll be off a couple of months, then we're looking at another month to get him back."

Shaws Creek, meanwhile, has displayed a new off-the-pace style in his two sprint outings this year, first noted in a third-place finish in the March 31 Achievement and underlined by his 1 3/4-length victory under rider Jake Barton here Saturday.

"I was very pleased with the way he came from out of it," said Ross. "I liked the way he opened up down the lane, and galloped out strong.

"I'm actually looking forward to seeing him go two turns; he's ready for it."

Shaws Creek is nominated to the Grade 3 Marine, an open 1 1/16-mile race here May 18 that is the next stepping-stone to the 1 1/4-mile Plate.

Ross, however, is inclined to reserve Shaws Creek for the Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here June 1.

"It looks like the most logical race to go in," said Ross. "I'd like to see the horse get a mile and an eighth under his belt."

Ross and the Reynoldses still plan to be represented in the Marine, with the Kentucky-bred Tails of the Crypt slated to make his local seasonal bow in the $150,000 feature.

Tails of the Crypt, who worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 here last Saturday, is coming off a sixth-place finish in Keeneland's Lexington behind subsequent Kentucky Derby runner-up Proud Citizen.

Also heading for the Marine is Changeintheweather, who is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Illinois Derby won by Kentucky Derby upsetter War Emblem.

Changeintheweather, owned by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stable and trained by David Bell, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 under rider Mickey Walls here Saturday.

Adjalah, an impressive winner of a first-level allowance race at seven furlongs for Bell and Les Pereira's Beclawat Stable here Saturday, also is nominated to the Marine but will pass in favor of the Plate Trial.

"A mile and a sixteenth race for him didn't go, so I had to run him back seven-eighths," said Bell. "He ran long last year, and he's had a lot of training. I don't see the point in beating our heads against a lot of American-breds."

Rare Friends will stick to sprinting

Rare Friends is abandoning his tentative Queen's Plate quest after weakening late to finish third in the Queenston.

"In my opinion, he's a sprinter," said trainer Bob Tiller, who also co-owns Rare Friends in partnership with Frank DiGiulio, "and he's going to be a good sprinter."

Tiller still has a couple of potential Plate candidates in Forever Grand and Bronze Bayou, both of whom scored impressively over seven furlongs here last weekend.

Forever Grand, also owned by Tiller and DiGiulio, recorded his third win in four career outings here Sunday, dominating a first-level allowance field that included older horses.

Bronze Bayou, owned by Hope Stock Farm in partnership with actor Albert Finney, was making his first lifetime start in a maiden special weight company Saturday.

Forever Grand is nominated to the Marine, a race that Win City won for the same connections last year.

Win City, who went on to be Canada's champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 seconds under regular rider Constant Montpellier here Monday morning.

"It was a good move," said Tiller. "He's on track for the Eclipse; we're looking for a better race."

Win City, who finished sixth when opening up his campaign in the seven-furlong Vigil, has been weighted at 121 pounds for the Grade 3 Eclipse, a 1 1/16 mile race for 4-year-olds and upward here Saturday.

Ford Every Stream wins again

Sam-Son Farm unveiled one of its Plate prospects here last Friday when Ford Every Stream remained undefeated in two starts when winning the mile and 70-yard Marine prep in convincing fashion.

"We loved him at 2 last year, but could never quite get him there," said Frostad. "So we backed off, and gave him some time. He's come back really well."

Frostad said Ford Every Stream would make his next start in either the Marine or Plate Trial.

Sam-Son stars Dancethruthedawn and Strut the Stage both worked five furlongs here last Saturday and are slated to make their next appearances at Pimlico.

Dancethruthedawn, who breezed in 1:00.40 under assistant trainer Hugh Chatman, is headed for the May 17 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Strut the Stage, clocked in 1:01.40 under jockey Todd Kabel, is bound for the May 18 Dixie Handicap.