09/18/2002 11:00PM

Win City done for year; trainer mum


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Win City, Canada's reigning horse of the year who is winless in seven 2002 appearances, will not see action again this season.

"I don't want to get into specifics on that matter," said Bob Tiller, who trains Win City for owner Frank DiGiulio. "He's gone to the farm. He won't race again this year."

Win City had been entered in the allowance prep for the Durham Cup here last Sunday but was a vet scratch.

In his last start here, on Sept. 2, Win City had tried turf for the first time in his career and finished a nonthreatening ninth.

Win City, a gelding who also was Canada's champion 3-year-old male last year when he won six stakes and $876,187, had run well earlier this summer, finishing second in both the Izvestia and Seagram Cup.

Pair may go in Highlander

Rare Friends, the other champion in Tiller's shed row this season, and his stablemate Cheap Talk both are nominated to the $150,000 Highlander Handicap, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds and upward here Canadian International Day, Sept. 29.

"If they're in good order, they'll both run," said Tiller, who is a co-owner of Rare Friends along with DiGiulio and owns Cheap Talk in partnership with his assistant trainer, Tom Lottridge.

Rare Friends, a Canadian-bred who was the Sovereign Award-winning 2-year-old male in 2001, is coming off a second-place finish in the six-furlong Kenora, a yearling sales stakes here Sept. 2.

Cheap Talk, a New York-bred 3-year-old, was a closing second to Wake at Noon in the six-furlong Highlander prep here Sept. 8.

On Thursday morning, Cheap Talk tuned up for the Highlander on a fast training track, with his five-furlong clocking of 1:00.80 equaling the best of 16 workouts at the distance.

Krz Ruckus gets in 'his kind of move'

Krz Ruckus also prepped for the Highlander on the training track Thursday, working five furlongs in 1:02.80 under regular rider Dino Luciani.

"He can work in 1:02 every day," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Krz Ruckus for Ron Guidolin and Partners. "It's just his kind of move."

Krz Ruckus is coming off a second-place finish in the Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired horses here Aug. 24.

"He's certainly fit enough," said DePaulo. "We're trying to go in a little fresher. We're looking forward to a good race."

Meanwhile, Wake at Noon worked three furlongs under jockey Emile Ramsammy in 34.40 seconds, the quickest of 10 drills at the distance on a fast main track here Thursday, and looms the horse to beat in the Highlander.

"It was a beautiful breeze," said trainer Abraham Katryan, who caught Wake at Noon continuing on through four furlongs in 46 seconds, five furlongs in 58, and six furlongs in 1:11.40. "He came back really, really good."

Wake at Noon, owned by Bruno Schickedanz, will be seeking his fourth stakes win of the season in the Highlander and has been assigned top weight of 126 pounds.

Runaway Love, also trained by Katryan, is the co-second highweight at 120 pounds along with Krz Ruckus but is "50-50" for the race.

Rare Friends has been assigned 117 pounds and Cheap Talk 115 pounds.

Gonetofarr retired

Gonetofarr, a 3-year-old filly who won the seven-furlong Fury Stakes here in May for owner George Farr and trainer Reade Baker, has been retired.

Following the Fury, Gonetofarr started as the strong second favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Labatt Woodine Oaks but finished fourth despite a favorable trip. In her only subsequent start, the filly ran seventh when she tried turf for the first time in the Ontario Damsel.

"We thought we could win more stakes with her," said Baker. "But she just never seemed to regain the spark after the Oaks, and there didn't seem to be any sense in dragging her over there."

Gonetofarr will head to the breeding shed with a record of three wins, two seconds, and a third, and earnings of $262,023 from nine starts.

Young filly romps in maiden victory

Farr and Baker already have taken a step toward filling the void with Regal 'n Bold, a 2-year-old filly who was a very impressive maiden winner here Wednesday evening.

Regal 'n Bold was 11 3/4 lengths the best over 5 1/2 furlongs clocked in a rapid 1:04.86, leading throughout. In her only previous outing, the filly was a rallying second at five furlongs here Aug. 9.

"The only part that surprised me was when she ran the first time she didn't show speed," said Baker. "She seemed bewildered, but she closed well, which was a positive.

"She's all right. I don't really know how far she'll go, but she should do well. She's got some pedigree."

By Bold Executive out of Palace Light, Regal 'n Bold was a $45,000 buy at the local select yearling sale. She was consigned by Don McClelland, who also bred Gonetofarr.

Farr purchased Gonetofarr privately shortly after she was knocked down for $55,000 here at the 2000 select yearling sale.

Regal 'n Bold is being pointed for the $125,000 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies here on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Carpentier to draw Canadian

Patrick Carpentier, a star in the CART racing series, will be the honorary drawmaster for this year's $1.5 million Canadian International.

The draw will be held in the trackside tent here Thursday. The Canadian International, a Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds and upward over 1 1/2 miles on turf, will be worth $1.5 million.

The $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf, also will be run on the Sept. 29 program.