07/14/2011 12:44PM

Woodbine: Banner Bill looks to remain unbeaten in Colin


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Banner Bill hasn’t made a wrong move yet, winning his 4 1/2-maiden debut and doubling up in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes.

On Saturday, Banner Bill will be looking to extend his streak in the Colin, a six-furlong stakes race for 2-year-olds which attracted a field of six.

“He’s working fantastic; better than ever,” said Ralph Biamonte, who trains the Illinois- homebred Banner Bill for owners Ron Magers and Bob Marcocchio.

Banner Breezed has turned in a pair of four-furlong breezes since capturing the June 18 Victoria, going in 47.00 on June 30 and in 46.80 last Sunday under regular rider David Clark.

“He went by himself, and did it easy,” said Biamonte. “David didn’t even ask him.

“He just keeps improving and I think he’ll love the six furlongs.”

Biamonte has fashioned a record of 6-3-2 from a dozen 2-year-old starters at the meeting and Banner Bill will be favored to add to the win column as he begins from post 3.

Town Prize was an impressive winner first crack out for trainer Darwin Banach, capturing a five-furlong maiden race for a Beyer Speed Figure of 82, which is tops in the Colin lineup.

“He’s still maturing; he’s a big colt,” said Darwin Banach, who trains the Kentucky-homebred for owner Bill Sorokolit. “Every day you look at him, he’s changed a little.

“He’s a super-classy horse. He goes about his business, and doesn’t do anything wrong.”

Eurico Rosa Da Silva rode Town Prize to his June 26 win at five furlongs and was aboard when the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 here last Sunday.

Rounding out the field will be The Bear Vow, runner-up to Town Prize when also making his first start; Gin Joint, who won his maiden for a $40,000 claiming price but then ended a distant fifth in the Victoria; and My People and Italo, a pair of Wesley Ward trainees who were supplemented at a cost of $3,000.

My People finished last following a troubled start in his Churchill Downs debut while Italo won his maiden at Longchamp but then trailed the 23-horse field in the Group 2 Coventry at Ascot.

DePaulo has pair for Shady Well

Trainer Mike DePaulo will be at Fort Erie on Sunday, saddling morning-line second favorite Pender Harbour for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.

But DePaulo also will be keeping a close eye on the Woodbine simulcasts with both May’s Pegasus and Bear’s Wit entered in the $150,000 Shady Well, a 5 1/2-furlong stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

May’s Pegasus, owned by Ben Hutzel, will be making her first lifetime start.

“She’s training forwardly; she acts like she can run,” said DePaulo. “This might be a little short for her, but I think she’ll be all right.”

DePaulo had hoped to get an earlier race into May’s Pegasus but elected to proceed directly to the Shady Well.

“She had a little bit of mucus,” said DePaulo. “We decided to just kind of wait until we got her as good as we could get her.”

Justin Stein will ride May’s Pegasus, who tuned up for the Shady Well by drilling five furlongs in 1:00 on the main track here last Sunday.

Bear’s Wit, owned by Danny Dion, won her debut over five furlongs in Ontario-sired company here June 18.

“I think she’s one of those ‘afternoon’ horses,” said DePaulo, noting that Bear’s Wit had consistently been outworked by stablemate Zee’s Cure but left that stablemate one length behind her in third place.

Play the King next for Stormy Lord

There are seven-furlong turf specialists but there may be none with a better record than Stormy Lord., who now is perfect in four starts over the distance and surface after capturing Wednesday night’s $100,000 Ontario Jockey Club.

Stormy Lord, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Ian Black, had won the Grade 2 Connaught Cup over his preferred distance and surface in his seasonal bow here May 29 but then was a non-threatening eighth in the Grade 2 Highlander over six furlongs of turf.

“It’s always so tough to have a horse who’s a front runner, with a target on his back,” said assistant trainer Jeff Bowen, at trackside here Thursday morning.

“We didn’t want him trying to go with Essence Hit Man in the Highlander; that horse has so much speed.

“We thought it would be a perfect time to try to get him to rate.”

Jim McAleney followed instructions, taking back Stormy Lord after breaking on top, but the gelding never entered contention while finishing last of 10.

The experiment evidently had a positive aftermath, however, as Stormy Lord settled in third place through the early stages of the Ontario Jockey Club before taking charge en route to a one-length victory.

“The benefit of the Highlander was that it did teach him to rate a little bit,” said Bowen. “Sometimes you have to throw away a race, to teach them something like that.

“It’s a nice weapon to have in his arsenal.”

It is not difficult for Team Black to single out Stormy Lord’s next stakes target as the Grade 2, $200,000 Play the King will be run over seven furlongs of turf here Aug. 28.

“We’ll get him there the best way we can,” said Bowen.

Inglorious taking it easy before Alabama

Inglorious breezed four furlongs in 48.40 here Thursday morning in her first workout since winning the Queen’s Plate.

Regular rider Luis Contreras was aboard for the drill with trainer Josie Carroll a keenly interested spectator.

“I had to get her back to the track by the third day after the Plate,” said Carroll. “She was too sharp; she loves to train.”

With Carroll and owners Donna and Vern Dubinsky deciding to bypass the Prince of Wales to give Inglorious plenty of time to recover from her busy schedule before gearing back up for Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama on Aug. 20, the filly was not asked for much in the mornings.

“She had an easy couple of weeks – a lot of jogging and loping around, a lot of easy miles,” said Carroll. “Just a little freshening.”