07/05/2011 12:40PM

Woodbine: Inglorious skipping Prince of Wales, points to Alabama

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Michael Burns
Queen’s Plate winner Inglorious will skip the Prince of Wales Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Inglorious, winner of the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, will not be continuing on the Canadian Triple Crown trail at Fort Erie.

The $500,000 Prince of Wales, the 1 3/16-mile dirt race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, will be run July 17, but Inglorious was not even nominated.

“She’s going straight to the Alabama,” said Josie Carroll, who trains Inglorious for the Donver Stable of Donna and Verne Dubinsky.

The Alabama, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run Aug. 20 at Saratoga and offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $500,000. Carroll and the Dubinskys won the 2009 running of the Alabama with Careless Jewel.

Inglorious was running back in the Queen’s Plate three weeks after capturing the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

Three weeks prior to that, Inglorious had been successful when making her local seasonal bow in the La Lorgnette.

“She came out of her last race good,” Carroll said. “On the track, she’s been bucking and squealing.

“But she’s run several races close together. I talked to the Dubinskys, and we thought it was the right thing to give her extra time off.”

Baker points duo to Saratoga

Trainer Reade Baker is eyeing a pair of Saratoga stakes with Moonshine Mullin penciled in for the July 30 Jim Dandy and Fast Yankee for the Aug. 1 Amsterdam.

The Jim Dandy, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, is a Grade 2 stakes worth $500,000, while the Amsterdam, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds, is a Grade 2 with a purse of $150,000.

Moonshine Mullin, a Kentucky-bred who races for the Viking Farm of Dick Johnson, became a stakes winner here last time out in the Victoria Park, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds.

The next open race for the division here is the $150,000 Toronto Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race July 16.

“I don’t think he’s a turf horse, so there’s nothing here for him,” Baker said. “We’re going to take a shot at the Jim Dandy.

“He’s a great, big, sound, healthy horse, and he’s worked well on the dirt.”

Emma-Jayne Wilson, Moonshine Mullin’s regular rider, is scheduled to make the trip to Saratoga.

Fast Yankee, a Kentucky-bred who races for his owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones, was beaten a neck as the runner-up when making his seasonal bow in the six-furlong Tom Ridge at Presque Isle Downs on May 18.

Baker said that Fast Yankee suffered an entrapped epiglottis during the running.

Jones was on hand here last Friday to join Baker in watching Biofuel finish fourth in the $100,000 Sweet Briar Too at seven furlongs.

“I thought she would have won if she’d been farther back early,” Baker said. “She was too close.”

Biofuel is slated to make her next appearance in the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Matron, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares here July 24.

Amiable Grace eyes Seaway

Amiable Grace, who upset the Sweet Briar Too while becoming a stakes winner for owner Bill Graham and trainer Mike Doyle, is not expected to face Biofuel again in the near future.

“I’d like her to keep her at seven furlongs,” Doyle said. “There’s the Seaway and the Bessarabian at the end of the year. That’s where we’ll be heading.”

The Seaway, on Sept. 3, and the Bessarabian, on Nov. 20, are both Grade 3 races with purses of $150,000.

In the time between, Doyle will be trying to find other suitable slots for the 4-year-old filly who has scored four times and finished second in her other two career outings at seven furlongs on the main track.

“I just think she’s a very improved horse,” Doyle said. “She ran hard and dug in the other day.”

Wilson was aboard Amiable Grace for the first time in the Sweet Briar Too as Eurico Rosa da Silva, her former regular pilot, also rides Biofuel.

Da Silva had pulled up Amiable Grace past the finish of her start prior to the Sweet Briar Too, in which she was a convincing winner under second-level allowance terms at seven furlongs, and the filly was vanned off as a precautionary measure.

“He just thought she’d taken a funny step,” Doyle said. “We sent her for nuclear scintigraphy and X-rayed her everywhere. We couldn’t find anything wrong with her.”

Doyle on a roll in stakes

Amiable Grace was the first stakes winner of the year for Doyle, and he notched his second of the season when Sans Sousi captured the $125,000 Rainbow Connection at Fort Erie on Monday.

Assistant trainer Brent Harris was at the border oval to saddle Sans Sousi, who was ridden to victory by Luis Contreras in the five-furlong turf stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Sans Sousi, a 5-year-old mare owned and bred by Doyle in partnership with Thor Eaton, picked up $75,000 to bring her career bankroll to $496,143 via a record of 4-7-7 from 33 starts.

Doyle should be looking to return to the stakes winner’s circle here Saturday with Grand Style, who is slated for the $150,000 Ontario Damsel.

The Ontario Damsel, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, offers a purse of $150,000 and is expected to go with a short field.

“We just decided to give it a go,” said Doyle, who earlier had been looking for an allowance race for Grand Style. “It gives us plenty of time to the Wonder Where, which is where we’re aiming.

The $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run here July 31.

Grand Style began her career on turf, starting twice at Saratoga for trainer Rusty Arnold, and became a stakes winner in the Princess Elizabeth over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack when sent to Doyle here last fall.

Back with Arnold, Grand Style finished fifth in the Grade 1 Ashland over 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland and was making her first start in eight weeks when seventh for Doyle here in the Woodbine Oaks.