04/22/2011 11:51AM

Woodbine: Breeze at Keeneland will help gauge whether Inglorious ready for Fury Stakes

Michael Burns
Inglorious is nominated to next Saturday's seven-furlong Fury, but is currently training in Kentucky at Keeneland.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Inglorious, who is one of the leading candidates for the Woodbine Oaks and was the 3-1 favorite in the hypothetical winter book for this year’s Queen’s Plate, currently is at Keeneland and scheduled to breeze there on Wednesday.

Owned by the Donver Stable of Donna and Vern Dubinsky, Inglorious was undefeated in her two starts here at Woodbine last year, winning the six-furlong Fanfreluche and 1 1/16 mile Ontario Lassie.

Wintering at Fair Grounds with trainer Josie Carroll, Inglorious finished second behind the highly-regarded Kathmanblu in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at 1 1/16 miles but then finished fourth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

“That race knocked her out a little bit,” said Carroll. “She came out with her feet stinging. But, she’s back doing well now.”

Inglorious is nominated to next Saturday’s $150,000 Fury, a seven-furlong race here for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

“It’s a possibility,” said Carroll. “We’ll decide after she works.”

Two stakes options for Kafiristan

Carroll, who took over as trainer of the Knob Hill Stable horses this year, sent out their homebred Kafiristan to score at first asking here on April 9.

Kafiristan, who had worked well at the Fair Grounds, put away the winter-raced favorite Bissix Hill and drew off to win by four lengths at 6 1/2 furlongs with his Beyer Speed Figure coming back at a respectable 83.

“He’s a nice horse,” said Carroll.

On Friday, Kafiristan breezed five furlongs in 59.60 seconds, the second-fastest of 63 workers at the distance, going in company with exercise rider Doug Gibbons in the irons.

Kafiristan is nominated to both next Sunday’s 1 1/16 mile Wando and the seven-furlong Queenston on May 7.

The $100,000 Wando, an open race for 3-year-olds, is an overnight stakes which will require at least five entrants to be carded. Fifteen horses were nominated.

The $150,000 Queenston, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds, attracted just 11 nominees.

Heading the list are Oh Canada and Black Beauty, the 1-2 finishers in last Saturday’s six-furlong Woodstock, which was an open race for 3-year-olds.

Kafiristan currently is not eligible for the Queen’s Plate but can be supplemented at a cost of $5,000 by the May 1 nomination stage.

A total of 104 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds were nominated at the Feb. 1 deadline but that number will shrink considerably by May 1, when a second subscription of $1,500 is due.

May 1 also is the next deadline for the Woodbine Oaks, with a fee of $750 due for current nominees and $2,500 to supplement. On Feb. 1, 74 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds were eligible.

Say No More preps for possible start in Queenston

Queen’s Plate nominee Say No More will make his first start of the season here Sunday in an open first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs.

A homebred gelding by Langfuhr, Say No More won his maiden first crack out over a mile of turf and then finished third in the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer in his second start here last fall.

His final appearance of the season was disappointing, however, as Say No More faltered to finish 10th of 11 in the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

“We took a chip out of his ankle at the end of the season,” said Michael Keogh, who trains Say No More. “He didn’t start back too early but he’s been training really good since he got here.”

If all goes well on Sunday then Say No More could swing back in the Queenston.

Anne’s Beauty faces older in tune-up for La Lorgnette

Anne’s Beauty, a stakes-winning 3-year-old filly owned by Rob Smithen and trained by Paul Attard, will be facing older rivals in her first start of the season Sunday.

Bred in Kentucky, Anne’s Beauty won 2 of 3 last year, including the seven-furlong Glorious Song.

“It’s not really the race I wanted,” said Attard, of Sunday’s second-level optional claimer. “There was a 3-year-old allowance race, but it didn’t go.

“This is sort of a prep for the La Lorgnette. It was either run here or train her into the stakes, which would be tough.

The $150,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run here May 15.

◗ Queen’s Plate fever is beginning in earnest and Wednesday marks the official kickoff of the annual Queen’s Plate Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest offered by the Woodbine Entertainment Group. The contest will run through Queen’s Plate Day, June 26. To register and view the complete rules visit www.queensplate.com.

◗ Wednesdays have been added to the schedule this week, with post time set for 6:45 p.m.

◗ Wednesday also will mark the first gathering of the season for the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club, which meets monthly during the live season in the third-floor Champions area. Peter Gross, editor of the award-winning Down the Stretch magazine, will be among the head-table guests. Yours truly also will be on hand for the gathering which begins at 7:30 p.m. The TTRC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

◗ Silks Sports Lounge & Racebook, Woodbine’s latest entry in the Champions teletheatre network, will open to the public on Monday but will be closed Wednesday evening for a private function. Silks, located in the Yonge and Eglinton area in North Toronto, bills itself as the Greater Toronto area’s “first self-serve teletheatre”, a reference not to the food and drink but to the absence of mutuel clerks.

◗ Marlang, a 6-year-old horse who raced for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz, suffered a fatal heart attack while training in California last month. Winner of Woodbine’s Breeders’ and Charlie Barley and Saratoga’s Grade 3 Saranac for trainer Deborah England in 2008, Marlang was sent to Neil Drysdale last year and won Hollywood Park’s Grade 3 Sunset in July. Overall, Marlang won 5 of 19 races and added a pair of third-place finishes while earning $588,332.

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