08/05/2001 11:00PM

Win City now a candidate for Breeders'


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last Friday, Bob Tiller intimated there was a 90 percent chance Win City would forgo this Saturday's Breeders' Stakes in favor of the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park on the same day.

On Monday morning, Win City was declared a candidate for the $500,000 Breeders', which is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Tiller, who trains Win City for Frank DiGiulio Jr. and the estate of Frank DiGiulio, had suggested the 1 1/8-mile distance of the West Virginia Derby was a known quantity as opposed to the distance and surface of the Breeders'. The Breeders' is a 1 1/2-mile race on turf, a surface which Win City has yet to try.

By Saturday afternoon, the probability of Win City's going south had shrunk to 60 percent. "It's night racing there, and that gives us something to think about," Tiller said on the Woodbine Post Time show on Sportsnet. He promised a final decision by Tuesday.

On Monday Tiller said: "The only thing I have to say today is he will not be shipping to West Virginia; he'll be entered for the Breeders' Stakes."

Win City breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the main track Sunday.

Regular rider Constant Montpellier has the call on Win City in the Breeders', which is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, after swapping decisions with Dancethruthedawn in the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales.

While Dancethruthedawn probably will pass the Breeders' and head for Saratoga's Grade 1 Alabama Aug. 18, Win City will not be the only horse to compete in all three legs of the Canadian Triple.

Asia, fourth both in the Plate and Prince of Wales, is slated to carry on through the Breeders' for owner Arosa Farm and trainer Jim Cheadle.

Being both a maiden and a filly, Asia's participation in all three legs is all the more noteworthy.

Patrick Husbands, who piloted Asia during a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.60 on the fast main track here last Saturday, will replace the U.S.-based Aaron Gryder, who rode the filly in her two stakes engagements.

Vie for Fame, slated to contest the Breeders' for owner Ivan Dalos and trainer David Bell, had his final major tune-up Sunday morning, working five furlongs on a firm turf training course in 1:00.20 while going in company with 3-year-old filly stablemate Peaks or Valleys.

Mickey Walls was aboard Vie for Fame for the drill and has picked up the mount for Saturday.

A colt by Quest for Fame, Vie for Fame's only win came over 1 1/16 miles on dirt at the $50,000 claiming level but he is coming off his best effort to date, a second-place finish in an entry-level allowance over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

As of Monday morning, others who apparently were definite for the Breeders' included Sweetest Thing, a filly who scored impressively in a first-level allowance over 1 3/8 miles of turf here last time out; Go Figure, who won his maiden over 1 3/8 miles of turf in his latest; Flaming Sky, fourth behind Go Figure in that July 14 race; and Fly Smartly, a winner over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf in his second career outing here July 21.

Krz Ruckus breezes

Krz Ruckus, who will be going for his fifth win in as many starts this season and his third straight stakes score here in the Aug. 18 Shepperton, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.80 on the fast training track here last Saturday morning.

"He breezed by himself, and didn't come out of a gallop," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Krz Ruckus for Ron Guidolin and partners.

The $125,000 Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, also is the target of One Way Love, who would be making his first start of the season.

One Way Love, Canada's champion sprinter and older male last year for owners Bruno Schickedanz and John Hillier, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.60 on a fast main track here last Saturday.

"He's on target," said trainer Abraham Katryan.

Jockeys appeal again

Jockeys Gary Boulanger and Emile Ramsammy lost appeals of their three-day suspensions before the Industry Board but have appealed those decisions and their cases now will be heard at the Ontario Racing Commission's downtown Toronto offices.

Ramsammy also has appealed another three-day suspension, which was to begin Wednesday. The stewards had ruled Ramsammy went in with his mount, Tuxedo Gold, shortly after the start of last Thursday's fifth race, interfering with Allie's Gladiator.

Tuxedo Gold, who finished first, was disqualified and placed last in the field of seven.

Patrick Husbands has been fined $500 for "failing to put forth a sufficient effort" when riding Little Atom in the sixth race here July 26.

Little Atom, the 8-5 favorite, faltered after dueling for the lead and wound up sixth in the field of seven.

"He just didn't finish on the horse," said steward Nelson Ham.

The stewards have voided the claim of Snowy Wager from last Thursday's fourth race, ruling that the claim form was not filled out correctly.