06/16/2011 12:05PM

Woodbine: Impossible Time set to start year racing in foal

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Michael Burns
Impossible Time, with Jono Jones riding, wins the Classy N'Smart.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Impossible Time, Canada’s champion older female of 2010, is scheduled to make her seasonal bow in Saturday’s $100,000 Zadracarta.

The Zadracarta, which goes over seven furlongs on turf, is an overnight stakes and attracted a rather surprisingly large field of 13 Ontario-foaled fillies.

And, the field also has one unofficial member, as Impossible Time was declared to be in foal to Speightstown about seven weeks ago and will be looking to add to her credentials before calling it a career late this summer.

“She came back up to me here last week,” said Roger Attfield, who trains the homebred Impossible Time for owner Charles Fipke. “She’d been working well at Keeneland.

“I’d like to be going further with her, actually. She might be a little rusty in her first race, like Sand Cove was, especially with what we’ve been doing with her.”

Sand Cove, Canada’s champion male of 2010 for Attfield, finished sixth when he returned in the six-furlong New Providence but looms an odds-on choice in Sunday’s 1 1/16-mile Steady Growth for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Impossible Time had three starts under her belt last year, including a victory in the restricted Ballade over six furlongs on the main track, when she finished second behind Moonlit Beauty in last year’s running of the Zadracarta.

Moonlit Beauty, who was making her fifth start of the year and recording her third straight victory while becoming a stakes winner in front-running fashion, has had just one outing heading into this year’s renewal.

Competing under second-level allowance terms in that 6 1/2-furlong off-the-turf race here May 22, Moonlit Beauty forced the early pace and faded to finish sixth of seven.

“She broke a little sluggishly, and hustled up to be in a nice position,” said John LeBlanc, who trains the homebred Moonlit Beauty for Bill Gierkink.

“I just think she’s a much better filly on turf. Our goal was always to aim for this race again, and the one race we had to get her there came off the turf. She came out of it well, and ate up well.”

Moonlit Beauty again looks like she could be the speed of the Zadracarta, a fact that is not lost on LeBlanc.

“There’s not a lot of speed in the race, barring any surprises,” said the trainer. “Hopefully, we’ll finish up the same way.”

Jenny’s So Great, second when also opening up her campaign in that May 20 race, also figures to make her presence felt in the Zadracarta.

Trained by Greg De Gannes, Jenny’s So Great is a stakes winner who has been particularly effective at distances ranging from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Attfield has a second Zadracarta entrant in Jacally, who finished a disappointing seventh opening up her campaign in the Ballade Stakes.

“She got messed up at the gate, but she’s schooled well since then,” said Attfield.

Dancing Raven, who won the Ballade and traded punches with Jacally on a number of occasions last year, also merits consideration for trainer Michael Doyle.

Inglorious has bullet work

Inglorious, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 5, breezed five furlongs in 59 seconds under jockey Luis Contreras here Thursday morning in preparation for a possible run at next Sunday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate.

The move was the fastest of 26 works at the distance.

“We worked her the same way we always work her, in behind another horse,” said Josie Carroll, who trains Inglorious for the Donver Stable of Donna and Verne Dubinsky.

“The filly worked extremely well. It was very typical of how we have worked her, just a little faster than we wanted.

“But, I think the track was a little fast today.

Inglorious is perfect in four starts at Woodbine, all in stakes races, and is considered to be among the leading contenders for the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Carroll will evaluate how Inglorious comes out of Thursday’s exercise, and a decision regarding her Queen’s Plate participation may not come until the 11th hour.

Seawatch, a respectable fifth in last Saturday’s Victoria Park Stakes for Carroll and the Dubinskys, also is a Queen’s Plate possibility but would have to be supplemented to the race at a cost of $25,000.

Two spots for Essence Hit Man

Essence Hit Man, winner of the six-furlong Jacques Cartier in his seasonal debut before ending second in the seven-furlong Vigil, breezed four furlongs in 47 seconds on the main track here Thursday.

Audre Cappuccitti, who is the trainer, co-owner, and co-breeder of Essence Hit Man in partnership with her husband, Gordon, has nominated Essence Hit Man to both Wednesday’s Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle Downs and to next Sunday’s Highlander here at Woodbine.

The Boyes Memorial, run over 5 1/2 furlongs on Presque Isle’s synthetic surface, is worth $100,000, while the Highlander, a six-furlong turf stakes, offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $200,000.

Essence Hit Man, a 4-year-old gelding, has raced just once on turf, finishing seventh after showing speed in the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes here in August of 2009.

“I breezed him a week ago on the turf,” said Cappuccitti, who watched Essence Hit Man go in 59.80 seconds on the training track turf course with Patrick Husbands in the irons here June 10. “I thought he breezed well, and he galloped out strongly.

“I’d really like to try him on turf.”

Holllywood Hit to get free rein

Hollywood Hit, last year’s champion sprinter in Canada but a well-beaten fourth when making his seasonal bow in the Vigil, is scheduled to contest the Boyes Memorial for owner Peter Redekop.

“I’m going to let him run,” said Terry Jordan. “We’re not going to try to take him back. Apparently, he didn’t like that too much last time.”

Jordan trains Hollywood Hit here but the 5-year-old gelding will run in the name of assistant trainer Anita Bolton at Presque Isle. Jim McAleney has the call.