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Woodbine: Biamonte stable looks strong in juvenile stakes
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Ralph Biamonte stable, which has been well represented in 2-year-old stakes here this season, has candidates for two of the three features this weekend.
On Saturday Biamonte will send out Rose and Shine for the $200,000 Mazarine, an open race for fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
And Biamonte is looking forward to Monday’s $125,000 Bull Page, with Jenna’s Wabbit set for that six-furlong race for Ontario-sired colts and geldings.
Rose and Shine became a stakes winner last time out in the Muskoka, a 6 1/2-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies here Sept. 5.
Owned by Jim Sabiston, Rose and Shine won her debut at 4 1/2 furlongs for a $40,000 claiming price and then finished a closing fourth in the open My Dear at five furlongs and third in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well for Ontario-foals.
“We got three works in her since her last race,” Biamonte said. “I really don’t like putting her in open company unless I have to, but I think she’d have a chance against those horses.
“She worked really well the other day, and I definitely think she wants to go a distance.”
Jeanna’s Wabbit has been off since July 3, when he finished second, beaten a neck, in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon for Ontario-foals.
That was the third start for Jenna’s Wabbit, who had finished third in his 4 1/2-furlong debut and then won at five furlongs, with both of those starts coming in Ontario-sired company.
“There really hasn’t been anything else for him since that last stakes,” Biamonte said.
“We sent him to Longview Farm for a couple of weeks, and I’ve been working him with some of the older horses in my barn because my 2-year-olds can’t keep up with him.”
Biamonte said Jenna’s Wabbit had breezed six furlongs in 1:14.40 here last Friday while going in company with the stakes-placed 3-year-old Valids Best, who was clocked in 1:14.80
Biamonte also nominated both Menlo Castle and Where’s Johnson for Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds.
But neither will be participating as Menlo Castle went to Presque Isle Downs for last Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial and Where’s Johnson is awaiting a first-level allowance spot.
Menlo Castle, owned by Conor Healy, romped by 7 3/4 lengths here in the 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe, with Where’s Johnson the runner-up in that yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings.
Entered at the same distance at Presque Isle, Menlo Castle wound up fifth as the 9-5 choice in the field of 11.
“He more or less got eliminated at the start,” Biamonte said. “He came out kind of awkwardly.
“Then at the five-sixteenths pole he had to check, but he came running again and got beat a nose for fourth.
“I was happy with his race; it was a good experience for all of us.”
Biamonte’s previous shipping experience with a 2-year-old this season ended in near disaster as Banner Bill finished a well-beaten fourth in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special over 6 1/2 furlongs of sloppy going Aug. 15.
“He got really sick down there,” said Biamonte, who trains Banner Bill for a syndicate that includes his breeders, Ron Magers and Bob Marcocchio.
“He had to go to the clinic and spent two weeks there. It was touch and go for a few days.”
Banner Bill was sent to Crupi’s New Castle Farm in the Ocala area and is not scheduled to see action again this season.
Local contingent at Keeneland
Jockey Jim McAleney will be at Keeneland on Friday to ride Tu Endie Wei in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes. Tui Endie Wei, trained here by Reade Baker, is the 6-1 co-second favorite on the morning line.
Society’s Chairman and Mobilizer, both of whom are trained by Roger Attfield, shipped out Tuesday for engagements at Keeneland on Saturday.
Society’s Chairman was entered in the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, while Mobilizer is scheduled to compete in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race on the main track.
Indian Evening gets some time off
Indian Evening, who had been heading for Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, is in Kentucky but sidelined at Vinery Farm.
“He’s gone home for 30 days,” said Josie Carroll, who trains Indian Evening for the Vinery outfit. “He had a minor issue out of his last work. Hopefully, everything will be fine.”
Indian Evening, a Kentucky-bred, won his maiden over six furlongs here at first asking and then finished a distant third following a tough trip in the Saratoga Special.
In his last start, which came in the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 11, Indian Evening was a sharp three-length winner.
“I was hoping he’d be a Breeders’ Cup horse,” Carroll said.
Attfield stable works in pairs
The Attfield stable was well represented on the work tab here Wednesday as Simmard and Musketier, Mekong Melody and Miss Keller, and Perfect Shirl and Oregon Lady all breezed in company on the main track.
Simmard, with exercise rider Darren Fortune, and Musketier, ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, were timed in 1:14.60 for six furlongs.
Both horses could see action in the Oct. 16 Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up that offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $1.5 million.
Simmard is considered a definite Canadian International candidate, but Musketier could be reserved for Keeneland’s Grade 3, $100,000 Sycamore, a 1 1/2-mile turf race Oct. 20.
Mekong Melody was timed in 1:00.60 under Quincy Welch, while Fortune rode Miss Keller, who went in 1:01.
Perfect Shirl, also with Fortune up, and Oregon Lady, under Da Silva, went in 1:01.60.
Perfect Shirl and Miss Keller are eyeing the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, the 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Canadian International Day. Mekong Melody could join her stablemates there or wait for Keeneland’s $125,000 Dowager, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Oct. 23.
◗ Artic Fern breezed five furlongs on the training track here Wednesday and could make his next appearance in the $100,000 Mt. Sassafras, a seven-furlong overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and up here Wednesday. Winner of the six-furlong King Corrie in his most recent appearance here, Artic Fern also is nominated to the Oct. 16 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and up that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $500,000.