07/09/2012 2:52PM

Woodbine: Classic Bryce gets tune-up for Prince of Wales


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Classic Bryce, who finished eighth in the Queen’s Plate, made a return trip from Woodbine to Fort Erie on Monday morning to get a taste of the track there before Sunday’s Prince of Wales Stakes.

The Prince of Wales, which follows the Queen’s Plate as the second leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run over 1 3/16 miles on Fort Erie’s dirt surface.

Irish Mission and Dixie Strike, the 2-3 finishers in the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate here June 24, are the leading candidates in a prospective field of nine for the Prince of Wales.

On Monday, Todd Kabel was aboard Classic Bryce for his five-furlong breeze clocked in 1:01.

“We got there at 5:30 this morning, and he worked just after 6,” said the colt’s trainer, Darwin Banach.

“He got his last quarter in 23 and change. It went very well, according to plan. As of right now, we’re a go.’

Classic Bryce had emerged from the Queen’s Plate with the “thumps”, symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance generally associated with the use of Lasix.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Destiny had his final Prince of Wales tune-up here at Woodbine on Monday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.80 under his regular rider, Steven Bahen.

“I told him to let the horse breeze down the backstretch, and once he turned for home and switched his leads to let him finish down the lane,” said trainer Michael Keogh, who caught Ultimate Destiny coming his last quarter-mile in 23.20 seconds and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20.

Ultimate Destiny, who is an Ontario-sired gelding, finished fifth in the Queen’s Plate, beaten 10 1/4 lengths.

More dirt workers

Irish Mission, Dead On, Menlo Castle, and Run in Aruba all breezed five furlongs over the dirt training surface here Sunday with an eye toward the Prince of Wales.

The fastest of the four was Irish Mission, who was clocked in 1:00 under her regular, rider Alex Solis.

“It was perfect,” said trainer Mark Frostad, who caught Irish Mission galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

Dead On was timed in 1:02.20 and had jockey Tyler Pizarro in the irons while going in company with maiden stablemate Cape Race.

“Dead On spotted him a couple of lengths, and they finished together,” said trainer Malcolm Pierce. “He did what he had to do.”

Run in Aruba and Menlo Castle, both trained by Ralph Biamonte, worked together in 1:02.60.

“It was just like I wanted,” said Biamonte. “I told the riders we didn’t want anything fancy, and they galloped out strong.”

Jermaine Bridgmohan was aboard Run in Aruba and has picked up the mount for the Prince of Wales. Apprentice Jeffrey Alderson rode Menlo Castle, but regular rider Omar Moreno has the call at Fort Erie.

Post positions will be drawn on Wednesday, and Ron Turcotte will be the guest drawmaster.