07/18/2012 12:58PM

Woodbine: Kitty's Got Class to try turf in Passing Mood

Michael Burns
Kitty's Got Class will make her first start on turf in Saturday’s $125,000 Passing Mood.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mike DePaulo plans to send out his stable star, the Ontario-sired Pender Harbour, here in Sunday’s open Nijinsky Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. But DePaulo also has a pair of less-heralded Ontario-sired performers on tap for upcoming restricted stakes races, with Kitty’s Got Class entered in Saturday’s $125,000 Passing Mood and Bear and Rod aiming for Wednesday’s $125,000 Deputy Minister.

The Passing Mood is a seven-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies, while the Deputy Minister is a seven-furlong Polytrack race for 3-year-olds.

Kitty’s Got Class had a productive campaign at 2, winning her first three races, including the six-furlong Victorian Queen for Ontario-sired fillies and the six-furlong Fanfreluche for Ontario-breds of the same sex.

But Kitty’s Got Class finished her first season with a 10th-place finish in the open seven-furlong Glorious Song and has seen action just once in 2012, ending a distant fifth when well backed in the restricted seven-furlong Lady Angela on May 20.

“We turned her out on the farm for a bit after that,” said DePaulo, who trains Kitty’s Got Class for Denny Andrews and Paradox Farm.

Kitty’s Got Class breezed five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on the training track turf course here last Sunday, one week after negotiating four furlongs in 48.80 over the same surface.

“This will be her first race on turf,” DePaulo said. “But she’s by a good turf sire, Old Forester, and she worked okay on it.”

Kitty’s Got Class was supplemented to the Passing Mood at a cost of $3,000.

“There was nowhere else to run her,” DePaulo said. “I’m a little concerned about her fitness, but she’s a light-framed sort. She’s not a big, heavy horse.”

The Passing Mood attracted a field of nine, including the formidable threesome of Grace Phil, Nikkis Bold Gelato, and Princess Pick racing as separate interests for the Bob Tiller barn.

Bear and Rod is coming off a third-place finish in the July 1 Achievement, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-bred 3-year-olds, and will be trying his longest distance to date in the Deputy Minister.

“I think he’ll handle it,” said DePaulo.

DePaulo scratched Bear and Rod out of a June 30 allowance race to go in the Achievement. “It ended up working out well,” he said. “I think it was the best he could have done. I don’t think he could have been better than second in the allowance.”

Justin Stein retains the mount on Bear and Rod, who races for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion.

Jenna’s Wabbit works for stakes

Jenna’s Wabbit, an impressive 3 1/2-length winner of the Achievement, breezed four furlongs in a bullet 47.40 here Wednesday morning in preparation for the Deputy Minister.

“He was feeling good, so we wanted to do something with him,” said trainer Ralph Biamonte, who trains the homebred Jenna’s Wabbit for his wife, Mary Biamonte, and Danny Lococo. “He worked good and galloped out.”

Winner of the Bold Ruckus over six furlongs of turf in his seasonal bow and of a pair of restricted stakes here last year, Jenna’s Wabbit will pay for his success with an impost of 128 pounds in the Deputy Minister.

Eurico Rosa da Silva, Jenna’s Wabbit’s regular rider, was in the irons for Wednesday’s breeze and has the call for the Deputy Minister.

In the meantime, Da Silva will sitting out this week’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday cards after being handed a three-day suspension for his ride aboard Honorable Guest in last Saturday’s Colin Stakes.

The stewards ruled that Honorable Guest had come in and intimidated Bear’s Furr just after the start, causing that horse to move over a lane and ultimately causing Calgary Cat to clip heels.

Honorable Guest had finished second in the Colin, beaten just a head, but was disqualified and placed fifth, with Bear’s Furr promoted to third and Calgary Cat to fourth.

Calgary Cat, the 8-5 favorite, and Honorable Guest both hail form the barn of trainer Mark Casse.

One More Deal, also heading for the Deputy Minister, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 on the main track here Wednesday, going in company with regular rider Luis Contreras in the irons.

“It was perfect,” said Gail Cox, who trains the homebred One More Deal for the Hillsbrook Farm of Garland Willamson. “He galloped out strong.”

One More Deal is heading into the Deputy Minister off a half-length victory in a restricted first-level allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs here July 18.

Waitinginthewings done for season

Trainer Ashlee Brnjas reports that the handy Waitinginthewings, a homebred 3-year-old filly who races for the Colebrook Farm of her father, John Brnjas, is through for the season.

“She had a chip in her ankle – it happened during her last race,” Brnjas said. “We did surgery on her Monday. She’ll be back next year.”

Waitinginthewings, a 3-year-old daughter of Niigon, was trying turf for the first time in her last start here July 12 and finished seventh in a field of eight.

Winner of her first two starts, which came in restricted 1 1/16-mile races in maiden and first-allowance company, Waitinginthewings plunged into deep waters for the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, and ended a quite respectable sixth, beaten 5 3/4 lengths in the field of nine.

In a subsequent outing prior to her turf race, Waitinginthewings ran second in a restricted second-level allowance race over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack.

Mazur presenting Saratoga seminar

Handicapping author Jim Mazur will be here for a “Winning at Saratoga” seminar which begins at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the grandstand. Attendees will receive a free copy of “The Saratoga Handicapper 2012”

On Sunday, Mazur will be hosting the “Saratoga Handicapping Challenge,” which will take place in the trackside tent here. Participants could be competing for shares of $20,000 in prize money, with that total based on 200 entries at $100 apiece.

Contestants who are members of the National Handicapping Tour also will be eligible to win one of two seats to next year’s Daily Racing Form /NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

To register or for details, vist WoodbineEntertainment.com/HandicappingSeries.