08/01/2006 11:00PM

Wilson to ride in contest at Ascot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Emma-Jayne Wilson will be riding as an apprentice for the last time at Woodbine on Monday and will be looking to go out on a high note aboard Count to Three, one of the leading candidates for the $150,000 Royal North Stakes.

Wilson, who entered this week as the meet's leading rider in both races won, with 73, and money won, with $3,246,720, will actually keep her five-pound apprentice allowance until Aug. 12.

Wilson, however, will not be at Woodbine for her first day as a journeyman.

Instead, she will be leaving Tuesday for Ascot in England, along with her agent, Mike Luider, for a special engagement in the Shergar Cup.

The Shergar Cup, a team jockey challenge, is a six-race contest pitting top jockeys from England and Ireland against other international stars.

Wilson, 24, heard about the competition when galloping horses for Sam-Son Farm at Palm Meadows this past winter.

"Mike got the call, and I was standing right beside him," said Wilson. "He said, 'You'll never guess what we just got invited to?'

"I was pretty excited."

The ensuing months certainly have not dimmed Wilson's enthusiasm for the venture.

"Being with the top-name riders from around the world is just such an honor," said Wilson, whose parents, Lynne and Jim Wilson, were born in England and will be heading home for a visit, which will of course include the Ascot competition.

Wilson's grandparents and many of her family and friends also are expected to be in attendance.

"My mother said she had 18 tickets," said Wilson. "I should have a little bit of a fan club there."

When she returns, Wilson expects her career to proceed without a hitch.

"I don't look at it in terms of 'losing the bug,'" she said. "I'm becoming a journeyman. Remember, it's all in your frame of mind."

Luider also is confident that the transition will be smooth.

"Things are shaping up fine," he said. "We've got good customers."

Stein loses bug on Friday

Justin Stein, who ranked second in the Woodbine standings with 56 winners heading into Wednesday evening's card, will be riding with his apprentice allowance for the last time on Friday.

Stein, 26, is in his first full campaign here after making the move from Hastings full time this spring.

"Everybody's pretty upbeat about it," said his agent, Trapper Barroby, who is hoping business will not be hurt by Stein's new journeyman status.

"It's been a bit of a bonus, getting five pounds," Barroby said. "He already rides like a journeyman."

Stein is scheduled to ride in both stakes races on Sunday - aboard Ascot Bill in the $500,000 Breeders' and on Marco Be Good in the $125,000 Shepperton.

The Breeders', a 1 1/2-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The Shepperton is a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up.

Stein also has been riding Uncle Max, who was expected to be supplemented to the Breeders' at a cost of $15,000 on Thursday.

Dos Ramos wins in Trinidad

Richard Dos Ramos, a 43-year-old native of Trinidad who has been riding here since 1973, enjoyed a rousing return to his homeland on Tuesday, winning both feature races at Santa Rosa Park.

Dos Ramos won the Midsummer Classic, the second leg of the local triple crown with Godspell and the President's Cup with Crown Point.

Emile Ramsammy, also born in Trinidad, made the trip home as well but did not ride a winner.

Dos Ramos, who is represented in Canada by agent Ron Burke, will ride Main Executive, one of the leading candidates for the Shepperton, and the outsider Young Dom in the Breeders' on Sunday.

Le Cinquieme Essai goes at Arlington

Le Cinquieme Essai, who has finished second in both the Grade 3 Connaught Cup and Grade 2 King Edward in his two starts here this year, has been entered in the $150,000 Sea O'Erin at Arlington Park on Saturday.

Regular rider Steven Bahen will ride Le Cinquieme Essai in the Sea O'Erin, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.

"It looks like he fits okay if he runs his race," said Paul Nielsen, who trains Le Cinquieme Essai for owner-breeder Bill Scott. "I think the flat two-turn turf mile will suit him nicely."

Le Cinquieme Essai's long-term target is the $1 million Woodbine Mile, a turf race for 3-year-olds and upward here Sept. 17. The 7-year-old gelding finished third, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Leroidesanimaux but just a length behind runner-up Mobil, here in last year's Mile.

Noble Stella to Saratoga

Noble Stella, who is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Woodbine July 15, might start next in Saratoga's Glens Falls Handicap on Sept. 4.

The Glens Falls, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is a Grade 3 race with a purse of $100,000.

Roger Attfield, who trains Noble Stella for owner Gary Tanaka, said the mare worked over the turf training track during a busy session on Tuesday although she did not appear on the work tab.

"I know she worked well," said Attfield, who has sent out Noble Stella to win two stakes and $233,088 from six starts this year.

* DRF handicapper Jennifer Morrison will host a one-hour handicapping session here Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. on the second floor, with the focus on handicapping grass races at Woodbine.

Woodbine announcer Dan Loiselle will be Morrison's special guest.