08/04/2011 11:43AM

Woodbine: Court of the Realm goes for sixth straight in Seagram Cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Court of the Realm takes a five-race win streak into Saturday’s $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine, and will run on Lasix for the first time in the competitive 1 1/16-mile route.

Court of the Realm, a late-developing 4-year-old trained by Peter Berringer, hasn’t looked back since he graduated on the Polytrack last September. He cleared the first two allowance conditions easily in the fall, going 1 1/16 miles and seven furlongs, before getting the winter off.

Court of the Realm wired third-level allowance opposition when he came off the sidelines in a seven-furlong optional claimer May 22. Most recently, he experimented on the grass in the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes, and got the job done after closing from a stalking position, which was a change of pace from the speed style that he’d previously employed.

Berringer said the time has come to put Court of the Realm on Lasix.

“We tried to keep him off Lasix for as long as we could,” Berringer said. “He was clean every time that we scoped him, but the last time he had a trace of blood.”

Berringer said he bypassed the July 24 Nijinsky Stakes with Court of the Realm in favor of the Seagram, and has the Aug. 28 Play the King Stakes and the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 18 in mind for him.

“[The Seagram] fits a little better for him,” Berringer said.

Stunning Stag is returning from a nine-week layoff in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup. Things set up perfectly for him in his season opener in the seven-furlong Vigil Stakes, in which he came charging from off a sizzling pace to win going away. He earned a career high 100 Beyer Figure in that Grade 3 fixture. Stunning Stag finished a flat third when he ran back May 28 in the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse Stakes. Trainer Sid Attard said Stunning Stag got sick after the Grade 3 Eclipse but is healthy now.

Gerry Olguin will ride Stunning Stag, who has earned over $700,000 since Attard claimed him for a bargain $40,000 on behalf of wife Janice in the fall of 2007.

Sand Cove captured the Sovereign Award for the champion older male runner in Canada last year, during which he won the Seagram on the front end over Stunning Stag. He is coming off a workmanlike victory over Ontario-sired stock in his second appearance of the year in the Steady Growth Stakes.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride Sand Cove, the 126-pound highweight, for trainer Roger Attfield, who also supplemented Hollinger to the race.

James Street is making his first start for trainer Josie Carroll off a runner-up placing in the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day Stakes.