08/03/2012 12:49PM

Woodbine: Cryptic Message tests perfect record in Nandi Stakes

Michael Burns
Cryptic Message wins the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Cryptic Message will put her perfect record on the line here Sunday when she faces six other Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Nandi Stakes, the supporting feature on the Breeders’ Stakes program.

Trained by Ralph Biamonte, Cryptic Message was a 3 1/4-length winner when debuting in a restricted maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs here June 16.

Four weeks later, despite stepping up in class to face Ontario-foaled fillies in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well, Cryptic Message led at every call while prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths over the highly regarded first-time starter Spring in the Air.

“She’s ready to go; I think she’s better than ever,” said Biamonte, who sent out Cryptic Message to breeze an easy half-mile here Monday under Eurico Rosa da Silva, who will be taking over from Emma-Jayne Wilson for the Nandi.

Cryptic Message, purchased for $5,000 at the local open yearling sale, is by Cryptograph, who is not a noted sire of sprinters, and Biamonte has been more than pleasantly surprised by her early foot.

“Eurico will know what to do with that speed,” said Biamonte, who will watch Cryptic Message break from post 2 in the Nandi.

Silent Star, third in her 4 1/2-furlong debut June 2 but a very smart winner when returning four weeks later at five furlongs, looms a formidable opponent.

Trained by David Bell, Silent Star also was ridden by Wilson in her two outings and is her choice for the Nandi.

“She always looked like a nice filly,” Bell said. “She was a big filly, moved nice, and had a good attitude.

“It looked like the further we went with her the better she’d be, but she was ready to run, so we went short. She came from off the pace last time, relaxed, and galloped out strong.”

Silent Star drew post 4 for the Nandi.

Also coming into the Nandi off a maiden victory are Professor’s Ride, Ring of Luck, and Seaboa.

Professor’s Ride, trained by Scott Fairlie, was a $75,000 buyback at the local select yearling sale. She closed well at 4 1/2 furlongs in her first two starts before scoring by 5 1/4 lengths over 5 1/2 furlongs here July 14.

Ring of Luck, who also broke through in her third start with a 4 1/2-length victory at five furlongs here July 6, is one of two Nandi entrants trained by Abraham Katyran, along with the maiden Sunshine Jenny.

Seaboa also recorded her first win in her third start, which came at five furlongs here last Saturday for trainer Bob Tiller.

The first-time starter Seeking Toussaud, purchased for $100,000 in Ocala this April, rounds out the Nandi field. She is trained by Danny Vella.