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Woodbine: Biamonte targets repeat in Achievement Stakes
By Bill Tallon
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Ralph Biamonte won last year’s six-furlong Achievement Stakes with Jenna’s Wabbit, a homebred gelding who went on to push his bankroll to $278,750 in a five-start campaign.
On Saturday at Woodbine, Biamonte will be looking to knock out another Achievement with Click, another homebred gelding who will be facing five rivals in the $150,000 sprint stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds.
Click raced just twice at 2, winning his opener in sharp fashion over Ontario-sired opposition on June 21 but then faltering to finish fifth when coming back nine days later and facing some tough Ontario-bred company in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon.
Emerging from that race with shin problems that cut short his campaign, Click wintered at Crupi’s New Castle Farm in the Ocala, Fla., area, Biamonte’s off-season venue of choice.
Back to the races here April 27, Click led throughout while drawing off to a 7 1/2-length score in a restricted allowance for nonwinners of two at five furlongs.
In his next and most recent outing, which came in the restricted Bold Ruckus over six furlongs of turf here June 8, Click battled hard throughout with eventual third-place finisher Skyrish and just failed to contain the late rush of Langstaff, the Bob Tiller trainee who will be looking to remain perfect while making his fourth start in the Achievement.
“He ran a tough race. Tiller’s horse is an awful nice horse that beat us,” Biamonte said. “We’re going to try him again.
“I think he’ll be a little bit better, three-quarters on the main track. He took to the grass, He didn’t have any excuse. But I’ ve just got a funny feeling he’ll be a little bit better on the main track.”
Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who has ridden seven stakes winners at the meeting and shares the lead in that department with Luis Contreras, retains the mount on Click.
Canuspellpatience impresses in win
Canuspellpatience, another speedy 3-year-old gelding in the Biamonte barn, was an impressive graduate here last Sunday, scoring by 7 1/4 lengths and earning a rare “won easily” comment from Equibase chartcaller Paul Turney.
“He ran really good, didn’t he?” said Biamonte.
Canuspellpatience was making his third career start, having finished second behind Skyrish in a restricted five-furlong maiden race and then ending fifth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, in the Bold Ruckus.
“I think our little experiment with taking him off the pace wasn’t a wise decision,” Biamonte said. “But we had Click in there, and we thought maybe this guy may just like to come off it.”
Biamonte has no immediate plans for Canuspellpatience.
“He’s had three tough races. Maybe we’ll give him a few weeks off for now,” he said.
Check’em, another talented 3-year-old in the Biamonte barn, was an impressive five-furlong maiden winner at first asking here last September but then faltered to finish last of eight in the six-furlong Bull Page.
“He came back a little sore, with his shins and that, so we turned him out,” Biamonte said. “He had to mature a bit.
“He’s not too far away from a race.”
Meanwhile, Jenna’s Wabbit has seen action just once this year, finishing an uncharacteristic seventh of nine in the five-furlong allowance prep for the New Providence Stakes here April 28 and was scratched from the May 20 New Providence.
“He had an abscess in his foot, and it took forever and ever to come to a head and break,” Biamonte said. “It just broke last week, so we’ll be putting a shoe back this week and then he’ll start back in training. We’re basically going to be starting from scratch.”
Niigon’s Glory, Power Phil skipping Plate
Power Phil and Niigon’s Glory, both of whom had been on the fence for the July 7 Queen’s Plate, will not be participating in the $1 million showpiece for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.
Power Phil, trained by Bob Tiller, began his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the open Woodstock Stakes at six furlongs. He then cleared his first restricted allowance condition at 1 1/16 miles, leaving Niigon’s Glory 4 1/2 lengths back in second place. Power Phil then finished second as the odds-on choice when trying his next restricted level over the same distance June 14.
“We don’t feel he’s good enough,” Tiller said. “We feel we can make a lot of money with him in Ontario-sired races.”
Power Phil breezed five furlongs on the main track here Wednesday morning, going in 1:01.40 under Da Silva.
Niigon’s Glory followed his second-place finish behind Power Phil with another runner-up effort, beaten a half-length by Silent Admirer in a restricted nonwinners of two at 1 1/16 miles.
“We’re not going to run. We just figure it’s not the right thing for the horse,” said Rachel Halden, who trains Niigon’s Glory. “We’ll find an allowance race for him.”
Halden already has one of the leading Queen’s Plate candidates in Nipissing, who won the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 9.
Are You Kidding Me works
Are You Kidding Me, trained by Roger Attfield, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 seconds here Wednesday morning in preparation for the July 6 Charlie Barley Stakes.
Todd Kabel was aboard Are You Kidding Me, who worked in company with stablemate Perfect Timber with Bahen up.
Perfect Timber, who also was clocked in 59.80, the best time of eight workers at the distance, was an impressive winner of his local debut in an off-the-turf first-level allowance at 1 1/4 miles here June 16.
The $125,000 Charlie Barley, an open one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, will be one of three stakes on the July 6 card along with the $150,000 My Dear and $125,000 Sweet Briar Too.
The My Dear is an open five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, and the Sweet Briar Too is an open seven-furlong race for fillies and mares.
Contreras riding at Belmont
Contreras will be at Belmont on Saturday to ride Regalo Mia for trainer Michelle Nihei in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
Contreras was aboard Regalo Mia for her last two starts, which yielded a victory in the Grade 3 Orchid over 1 1/2 miles of turf at Gulfstream and a second in the Grade 3 Bewitch over the same distance and surface at Keeneland.
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