09/04/2013 12:25PM

Woodbine: Goldstryke Glory gives Callaghan a breakthrough with Inglorious victory

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Michael Burns
Goldstryke Glory may start next in the $100,000 Franklin County on Oct. 11 at Keeneland.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Goldstryke Glory showed plenty of promise in her 2-year-old campaign here, winning a maiden race by nine lengths in her second start and then finishing second in the Glorious Song Stakes for trainer Terry Jordan.

But after failing to duplicate that form at Hastings this spring, Goldstryke Glory returned to Woodbine and gave trainer Kelly Callaghan her first stakes success, blowing away her opposition in Monday’s $105,400 Inglorious.

The 34-year-old Callaghan, wife of jockey Slade Callaghan, has been training since 2009 and runs a stable of six here at Woodbine.

“I got my first job at Gulfstream,” said Callaghan, who was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. “I worked for Ken McPeek and Rusty Arnold and then for Steve Asmussen at Oaklawn. Then I was with Paul Nielsen here, for 10 years.

“I just tried to work for good people.”

Callaghan’s association with Jordan and his assistant and partner, Anita Bolton, began when she sold them the then 3-year-old gelding Burnum for owner James Redekop.

Burnum earned $70,434 from five starts for Jordan and has banked $93,275 after remaining at Woodbine this year with trainer Sam DiPasquale.

Meanwhile, Goldstryke Glory had finished second and third in two stakes appearances in Vancouver for owner Barry Holmes.

“She wasn’t handling the surface very well, so they sent her in to me three weeks before the Duchess,” Callaghan said.

Goldstryke Glory finished fourth in the seven-furlong Duchess on July 21, and Callaghan believes that the filly would have performed better had she arrived either earlier or later.

“We were right in the middle ground,” Callaghan said. “She wasn’t really settled in.”

Goldstryke Glory has been perfectly at home since then, however, as she was a romping winner in a first-level allowance over seven furlongs of turf before flaunting her speed en route to her 7 1/2-length romp in the six-furlong Inglorious.

Callaghan had equipped Goldstryke Glory with blinkers before her recent successes under rider Jesse Campbell.

“When Slade was on her in her last work on the training track before we ran her on the turf, she started looking around halfway down the lane,” Callaghan said. “That made me decide to put blinkers on her.”

With no suitable upcoming spots on the local horizon, Callaghan is looking at Keeneland’s $100,000 Franklin County for Goldstryke Glory’s next start. The Franklin County, a 5 1/2-furlong turf race for fillies and mares, will be run Oct. 11.

Rich weekend for Stein

Justin Stein was the common denominator in the long weekend’s other three stakes races as he swept Sunday’s doubleheader with San Nicola Thunder in the $125,400 Vice Regent and Part the Seas in the $104,800 Avowal after taking Saturday’s Grade 3, $156,900 Seaway with Youcan’tcatchme.

The 33-year-old Stein now stands third at the meeting in stakes won, with 10, and fourth in money won with more than $3.1 million.

Cardella a stakes winner again

It had been more than six years since trainer John Cardella visited the stakes winner’s circle here to greet Doneraile Gem following his victory in the 2007 Clarendon.

But Cardella had no trouble finding his way back there after watching San Nicola Thunder upset the Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

“A lot of nice people congratulated me, people who’ve known me for 40 or 50 years on the racetrack,” the 82-year-old Cardella said. “They said ‘John, you may be old, but you’re still young enough to win a stakes race.’ ”

San Nicola Thunder was bred by Joe Pirone, who owns the gelding in partnership with Paul Cooper, and was eligible for his restricted second-level allowance condition heading into the Vice Regent.

“Only two horses in there had won three races, and he’d only been beaten 3 1/4 lengths when running in a stakes in his first grass race, where didn’t have a real clean trip,” Cardella said.

That effort had come in the June 8 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds in which San Nicola Thunder finished fourth.

“I thought going a mile might be better for him,” said Cardella, who will be looking to bring back San Nicola Thunder over the same distance and surface in the Oct. 20 Bunty Lawless, a $125,000 race in which he would be facing older Ontario-sired runners.

“He’ll be another month older then,” Cardella said. “He’ll be closer to being a 4-year-old.”

Claim of Part the Seas pays quickly

Part the Seas, claimed for $62,500 here Aug. 3, earned back $60,000 of that investment by capturing the Avowal Stakes for trainer Mike DePaulo and the Bear Stable of Danny “Bear” Dion.

“The Bear was looking through the Racing Form , looking for a horse to claim,” DePaulo said.

“He said, ‘Go take a look at her, and if you like her take her.’ I looked at her, put in the slip, and we were the only ones in for her.”

The Avowal, a seven-furlong turf race for fillies and mares, was the first stakes score for Part the Seas, who had placed in stakes on both turf and Polytrack.

The 4-year-old filly is nominated to the Sept. 15 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $300,000. It also is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

“That might be back a bit quick, but we’ll at least take a look at it,” DePaulo said.

Youcan’tcatchme shows maturity

Headings into the Seaway, trainer Sam DiPasquale admitted to having some reservations about his speedy 4-year-old filly Youcan’tcatchme at the seven-furlong distance.

But DiPasquale was only too happy to change his tune after watching Youcan’tcatchme wire her field to score by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths.

“I was going off her 3-year-old year,” said DiPasquale, who had watched owner Murray Stroud’s Florida-homebred filly weaken in her attempts beyond six furlongs.

“Now she’s mature enough, strong enough, that’s it’s definitely not a problem.”

Youcan’tcatchme was recording her second stakes win in as many outings this season, having captured the six-furlong Etobicoke in her first start in more than eight months.

The next open Polytrack stakes for the local filly/mare division is the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion, a six-furlong stakes worth $150,000 here Nov. 3.

And while DiPasquale would consider an interim appearance, were the opportunity to arise, he also would be content to await the Ontario Fashion and then call it a season.

“Three races would be enough,” DiPasquale said. “Next spring, I’d bring her in early and go from there.”

Pure Blue Sky a Canadian candidate

Pure Blue Sky, another 4-year-old filly in the DiPasquale barn, is a candidate for the Canadian Stakes.

“She’d get in with 113 pounds there,” said DiPasquale, who trains Pure Blue Sky for Stroud, Tom Rootham, and Gordon Clarke.

Pure Blue Sky has finished third in her last two starts, which came in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack and the listed Flaming Page over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

“She was left with way, way too much to do last time,” said DiPasquale, who had watched Pure Blue Sky come from 15 lengths back to be beaten four lengths for the win and three-quarters of a length for the runner-up spot in the Flaming Page.

** Daily Racing Form’s Steven Crist will be at Woodbine on Saturday to host a one-hour seminar beginning at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the grandstand. Crist’s theme will be handicapping the Belmont fall meet.