Updated on 04/14/2011 3:28PM

Woodbine: Cox tries to get off to good start with Something Extra in Woodstock


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Gail Cox enjoyed a career year last year, sending out 11 winners from 67 starters for purses of $754,295 here at Woodbine.

And while her 18-horse stable should make Cox a going concern again this season, she will have to make do without Simply Splendid, who was her most productive performer last year with earnings of $255,540 despite making just three starts.

“I miss her already,” said Cox, who also owned Simply Splendid in partnership with John Menary and sold the mare for $200,000 at Keeneland last November.

Cox, who checked back into Woodbine last Monday after spending the winter at her usual Payson Park headquarters, will have her first starter of the meeting on Saturday with Something Extra set to contest the $150,000 Woodstock Stakes.

Something Extra, a Kentucky-bred who is owned by Cox and Menary, placed in the seven-furlong Swynford here last year and will be making his first appearance since Nov. 5 in the six-furlong Woodstock.

“He’s doing very, very well,” said Cox. “He was really training well in Florida. I really like him. I think he’s a very nice horse.”

Something Extra compiled a record of 1-2-1 from 6 outings last year, with his only off-the-board finishes coming in his two attempts around two turns.

“Seven furlongs is always what I think is perfect for him,” said Cox. “I tried to stretch him out last year but the first time I should have taken the blinkers off and the second time just didn’t work out. Possibly, it was because he was a little immature.”

Something Extra will have the blinkers back on for the Woodstock and will have a new rider in Jim McAleney.

Cox also has high hopes for her 2-year-old contingent this season.

“I have some really nice babies,” said Cox, mentioning Malibu Tide, Promiscuous and The Mighty Sparrow.

Malibu Tide, an $87,000 Keeneland yearling last September, and Promiscuous, acquired for $85,000 at the same venue, both are owned by Cox and Menary

The Mighty Sparrow will race for the San Fernando Racing Stable of Praimraj Chansingh, a new Cox client who also has horses with trainer Scott Fairlie and Gail’s husband Greg Cox

Jim Treptow, based in Virginia, is another new owner for the barn.

“He stands the stallion, Rebellion, in Ontario,” said Cox. “He wants to get involved in Ontario racing.”

Black N Beauty gives Polytrack a try in Woodstock

Black N Beauty, who appeared to be headed for big things in Florida earlier this winter, will be shipping in from Kentucky for the Woodstock.

Dale Romans, who trains Black N Beauty for Zayat Stables, said the trip is a natural since the colt is a Canadian-bred and thus eligible for the Queen’s Plate and its preparatory stakes.

“We’ll see if he likes the Polytrack, and whether he should be coming up there for some of the bigger races,” said Romans, who had entered Black N Beautyin Saturday night’s $100,000 Blue and Gold Stakes at Charles Town.

Black N Beauty, bred in Ontario by Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs, was a bargain-basement $2,500 yearling at Keeneland.

After winning his maiden while traveling 6 1/2 furlongs in his third career start at Churchill Downs last November, Black N Beauty doubled up in a first-level allowance over one mile at Gulfstream Park.

Black N Beauty’s two subsequent starts there have been disappointing, however, as he faded to fifth in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at one mile and then was pulled up during the running of the Grade 2 Hutcheson at seven furlongs.

“He was struggling with the track that day,” said Romans. “When he came back to the barn, we couldn’t find anything wrong with him. We decided to scratch that one off, and go on with him. He’s trained well since then.”

Black N Beauty was entered in Gulfstream’s seven-furlong Swale on April 3 but was scratched.

“We didn’t like the post,” said Romans. “He drew the 1-hole, and the race looked kind of speedy.

“We decided to scratch him, and bring him up to Woodbine instead. We couldn’t do both.”

Black N Beauty will be just the third local starter for Romans, all in stakes races. The most recent was Nolan’s Cat, who finished second to Funny Cide in the 2006 Dominion Day. In 2004, Jinny’s Gold ran third in the 2004 Ontario Colleen.

Tyler Pizarro has picked up the mount on Black N Beauty, who will break from post 5 in the Woodstock’s field of nine.

Keeneland card chock full of Canadian horses

There will be plenty of Canadian content on Saturday’s card at Keeneland.

Trainer Roger Attfield, who was scheduled to send out Society’s Chairman for Friday’s Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile, will be back for Saturday’s Grade 2 Jenny Wiley with Miss Keller, Canada’s champion turf mare last season and making her first start of the year.

Attfield also has the Canadian-bred maiden 3-year-old filly Abrianna in the second race and both Perfect Shirl and No Explaining in the 10th, which is a third-level turf allowance for fillies and mares.

Perfect Shirl and No Explaining’s rivals will include Indigo North, a Canadian-bred who races for his breeder Chiefswood Stable and is trained by Ian Black.

Grand Adventure, Canada’s champion turf male last year for trainer Mark Frostad and Sam-Son Farm, will be making his seasonal bow in the Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown, a five-furlong turf race which is the sixth on the program.

Frostad also has entered Sam-Son Farm’s Forest Uproar for the Jenny Wiley and Valli With A Vow, trained by Josie Carroll, is an also-eligible for the 1 1/16 mile turf stakes.

Strike Oil and Red Ace, both of whom are eligible for the Queen’s Plate, will go in the fourth race, which is a first-level allowance.

Mark Casse trains Strike Oil, winner of last year’s Coronation Futurity here at Woodbine, while Red Ace was an impressive maiden winner at the Fair Grounds last time out for trainer Steve Margolis.

And, to put the icing on the Canadian cake, Queen’s Plate eligibles Queen’splatekitten and Sensational Slam both will go in the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles.

Both Queen’splatekitten and Sensational Slam are conditioned by Todd Pletcher.