06/17/2001 11:00PM

Win City gets his final work for the Plate

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Queen's Plate week began with a bang at Woodbine on Monday morning as Win City and Dancethruthedawn, the favorites for Sunday's $1 million race, turned in solid final drills over a fast main track.

Win City had regular rider Constant Montpellier in the irons as he breezed five furlongs in 1:01, getting his first three furlongs in 35.80 seconds and galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.

"He did it very easily, as usual," said Montpellier, who has piloted Win City to consecutive stakes scores in the Queenston, Marine, and Plate Trial.

"I never moved on him, just let him do his thing. It felt to me like we were walking around there. I think he's just improving all the time."

The filly Dancethruthedawn had her regular workout partner, assistant trainer Hugh Chatman, in the saddle as she breezed four furlongs in 47.60 seconds, getting her opening quarter in 23.80 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.60.

Dancethruthedawn will be looking for a major double after capturing the Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a

1 1/8-mile race here June 9.

"She recovered from her race pretty quick," said Chatman.

"She was a little fresh this morning. She was a lot more aggressive; she's usually pretty push-button. I had a pretty good hold of her the whole way."

Brushing Bully and Thatsthebottomline, who will attract support as potential Plate upsetters, both worked six furlongs here Monday morning.

David Clark, who piloted Brushing Bully to a third-place finish in the Plate Trial, was aboard for the 1:13 drill.

Thatsthebottomline, coming off a good third-place finish under allowance terms against older horses, was clocked in 1:13.80 under regular rider Ray Sabourin.

Brushing Bully got his opening half-mile in 47.20 seconds and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28, working in company with 3-year-old filly Libretto, who went in 1:13.40.

Thatsthebottomline was timed in 48.40 seconds for his first half and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28.40.

Lucky Scarab, who will run in an entry with Dancethruthedawn, had his final major tune-up last Sunday, working six furlongs on the main track in 1:14.20 under jockey Todd Kabel.

Working in company with older stablemate Seek Smartly, who was timed in 1:13.20, Lucky Scarab galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.

Jimmy's Prize probably out

The Queen's Plate field had lost one maiden but gained at least one more as of Monday afternoon.

Barring any dramatic changes in the field, trainer Audre Cappuccitti will not start the promising Jimmy's Prize.

"He just doesn't have the conditioning," said Cappuccitti, noting that Jimmy's Prize wintered in Ontario and has started just twice this spring, while the majority of the Plate horses spent their off-seasons in the south.

But one maiden who now will be stepping up to the Plate is Sik, claimed for $40,000 by the Sunny Acres Farm of his trainer, Frank Passero, from his last start here June 3. Daniel David will ride Sik, whose best effort was a second-place finish for a $50,000 claiming price May 20.

Trainer Jim Cheadle reported that Asia, the maiden 3-year-old filly whom he trains for the Arosa Farm of Jurgen Schemmer, is under consideration for the Plate.

Asia worked five furlongs Monday morning in 1:00.60.

Landry's status in doubt

A continuing saga this Plate week will be the status of jockey Robert Landry, regular rider of Millennium Allstar, who finished second in the Plate Trial and should be no worse than third choice in the Plate.

Landry was involved in a bad spill in last Friday's ninth and final race when his mount, Holy Innocents, clipped heels and fell, throwing the rider to the track.

The initial diagnosis showed Landry had suffered a cracked collarbone and a badly bruised elbow.

The incident began when apprentice jockey Jeff Burningham, aboard Dema Wail, came off the rail in the vicinity of the quarter pole and interfered with outside horses. Dema Wail finished first in the race but was disqualified and placed last.

The stewards found Burningham guilty of "riding in an unsafe manner" and handed him a 30-day suspension, which was to have started Wednesday. The apprentice has appealed the ruling.

New rider for Highland Legacy

Highland Legacy, Canada's 2-year-old champion last year but a disappointment in two starts this spring, will have a new rider for the Plate.

Patrick Husbands will replace Emile Ramsammy, who has ridden Highland Legacy in his last seven starts.

"Patrick's a good rider, and Emile's a good rider," said Steve Owens, who trains Highland Legacy for the Empress Stable of his wife, Beverly, and mother-in-law, Mildred Lewis.

"We're just at a stage where we're looking to make a few adjustments, and Patrick's been very successful with our outfit over the years."

Penalty for concealed ownership

Trainer Wellesley Clayton, who has been listed as the sole owner of last year's Queen's Plate runner-up I and I, has been suspended for one year for failing to properly declare the ownership of the horse.

The stewards determined that Diana Yeboah was in fact a 25 percent partner in the ownership of I and I and handed her a one-year ban plus a $500 fine for failure to declare her interest and that of the partnership.

Both suspensions were to run from June 23 through June 22, 2002, but both Clayton and Yeboah are expected to appeal the rulings.

I and I, meanwhile, will remain on the stewards' list and is ineligible to race until the issue has been resolved.

Second ban for Sutherland

Apprentice jockey Chantal Sutherland has been handed a second consecutive three-day suspension, which will run Friday through Sunday.

The stewards ruled Sutherland had come in with her mount, Maggie Rose, and interfered with Soquena in the vicinity of the quarter pole in last Wednesday's seventh race. Maggie Rose, who finished fifth, was disqualified and placed seventh.

Emile Ramsammy has appealed a three-day suspension that was to have run through Thursday.

The stewards ruled Ramsammy had come in with his mount, Red Sea, and interfered with Cracker's Folly on the far turn in the King Edward Gold Cup here June 10.

Red Sea, who finished third, was disqualified and placed fifth.

QUEEN'S PLATE CONTENDERS

HORSETRAINERODDS

1. Win CityB. Tiller5-2

Won his third consecutive stakes in the Plate Trial and it looks like he'll run all day.

2. DancethruthedawnM. Frostad3-1

Sister to 2000 Plate winner Scatter the Gold overcame a speed bias to take the Oaks.

3. Millennium AllstarS. Leslie9-2

Showed a new dimension by rallying from way back to finish second in the Trial.

4. Lucky ScarabM. Frostad6-1

Slow-learning closer graduated impressively in the mud and should enjoy 1 1/4 miles.

5. Brushing BullyT. Attard6-1

2000 Display Stakes winner was a solid third in the Trial in just his second start back.

6. Wild YearsJ. Bond10-1

New York-based maiden has hung up some good Beyers, but lacks experience and seasoning.

7. ThatsthebottomlineR. Martin15-1

Missed a week of training before running third against older opponents last week.

8. Dawn WatcherC. Hopmans20-1

Chased a future stakes winner before ending up third in a recent allowance.

9. Highland LegacyS. Owens30-1

Last year's 2-year-old champion has been a disappointment thus far in 2001.

10. Jimmy's PrizeA. Cappuccitti30-1

Maidens have won the Plate before, but this one has his work cut out for him.

- Odds and comments by Ron Gierkink