11/24/2011 2:01PM

Woodbine: Fehr ending meet on high note


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Alec Fehr endured some lean times last year, recording just two wins here and another two at Fort Erie, and his barn continued to have a quiet time in the early months of this meeting. But things of been looking up of late, with Fehr having greeted 11 of his last 39 starters in the winner’s circle and 15 in total this meet heading into Thursday’s program.

Fehr’s most prolific winner this year has been Macallan, who recorded his third straight score and fourth of the campaign when capturing an open $20,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles here Wednesday evening. Macallan, who was claimed from his seasonal bow for $10,000, now has banked $74,312 in 10 starts for owners Steve Gilmour and Steve Johnson.

“He was well-bred and he definitely looked like a horse who would go long, on turf or Polytrack,” said the 44-year-old Fehr, who has 12 horses in his public stable.

After graduating over 1 1/16 miles in his first start for Fehr on May 20, Macallan ran in the $40,000 conditioned claiming and first-level allowance ranks. Although he was competitive at those levels, he started winning when Fehr dropped him in for $20,000.

Fehr’s other major producer this year has been Serious Indeed, whom he owns in partnership with Winston Penny.

An Ontario-foaled 3-year-old gelding, Serious Indeed has found his niche as a long-distance runner, beginning with his maiden victory over`1 3/8 miles of turf here Aug. 21. Serious Indeed then finished fifth in a first-level allowance at 1 1/4 miles and second in a $32,000 starter allowance, which at 1 3/4 miles was the longest turf race of the meeting.

Most recently, Serious Indeed ran third in the 1 5/8-mile allowance prep for the Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000 as the closing-day feature here Dec. 4.

While Serious Indeed is nominated to the Valedictory, he may instead run in a 1 7/8-mile starter allowance that day.

“We’ll see how the stakes shapes up,” said Fehr. “The way I look at it, if I have to beat those two guys that finished in front of him in the prep, I don’t want to run in the stakes.”

Other contributors to the Fehr cause this year have included Maverick Man, claimed by $25,000 by the trainer on his own account here in July and a winner of his last two starts in the $20,000 range, and Grittani, haltered for $10,000 here this spring and a three-time winner at Fort Erie

Ultimate Destiny in stakes debut

Ultimate Destiny, winner of a seven-furlong maiden race for Ontaro-sired 2-year-olds in his second start, will be looking to make a successful stakes debut here in Saturday’s $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes. The Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds, attracted a field of seven headed by two-time stakes winner Jenna’s Wabbit.

Ultimate Destiny was purchased privately for $16,000 as part of last year’s local select yearling sale, and is trained by Mike Keogh for new client Brenda Selwyn-Waxman.

Keogh called Ultimate Destiny a “slow learner” before he began racing. He debuted with a fourth on Sept. 10 in a restricted maiden race at six furlongs and came out of the race with sore shins, Keogh said.

He also tends to run with his head up, a habit Keogh can’t seem to break.

That did not prevent Ultimate Destiny from scoring impressively in his second start. He pressed the pace en route to a 2 1/4-length victory in a restricted maiden race at seven furlongs.

Ultimate Destiny has recorded three five-furlong breezes in the interim, and Keogh does not believe the move out to two turns in the Kingarvie will be a problem.

“He breezed five furlongs in a minute on the training track two weeks ago, and he galloped out strong,” said Keogh.

Keogh will be winding up his meeting here this weekend and plans to be in South Carolina early this week to begin checking on his 31-horse contingent there.

My Bad euthanized

My Bad, an Ontario-sired 5-year-old, had to be euthanized Monday after being severely injured during his final workout for Wednesday’s Sir Barton Stakes. My Bad suffered a condylar fracture of a leg, said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to My Bad’s trainer, Nick Gonzalez.

“He finished well and everything, but when he came back he started getting really lame on me,” she said. “We tried to save him. We took him to the clinic, but he’d cracked his leg right in half. It was going to be a six-hour operation, and it wouldn’t necessarily have repaired him. We didn’t want to put him through that and still have more pain.”

My Bad, owned and bred by the Tucci Stable of Carlos and Lou Tucci, won two restricted allowance races at 3 and was on the road to the Queen’s Plate. But a ligament injury put an end to My Bad’s campaign and he didn’t win again until this Sept. 25, when he romped for a $30,000 price in his first start in the claiming ranks.

My Bad then won a first-level allowance on turf and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93, which was the best of his career.

In 19 starts, My Bad won five times, added four seconds and four thirds, and earned $292,891.

Court Vision on display

Court Vision, who concluded his career with a victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile and will be standing at Michael Byrne’s Park Stud, will be paraded in the paddock at 12 p.m. here Saturday.

Winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in 2010, Court Vision retired with five Grade 1 turf victories and a record of 9-4-4 for earnings of $3.76 million from 31 starts. His stud fee has been set at $10,000.