11/02/2012 2:45PM

Woodbine notes: Really Sharp to take shot in Nashua at Aqueduct


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainers Ian Black and Roger Attfield have been busy making travel plans for stakes races over the next few weeks.

First up will be Black, who is sending Really Sharp to Aqueduct for Sunday’s Nashua Stakes.

Really Sharp is making his dirt debut in the Nashua, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $200,000.

The Kentucky-bred Really Sharp journeyed to Keeneland for his last start and was beaten a nose in the Grade 3 Bourbon over 1 1/16 miles on turf, only to be disqualified and placed sixth after swerving to the outside in the stretch run.

Owned by his breeders, Richard and Nancy Kaster, Really Sharp made his first two starts here on Polytrack, finishing fourth and then winning at seven furlongs.

Black also plans to send both Excaper and Stormy Lord to Churchill Downs for their next starts.

Excaper, bred in Kentucky by co-owner Richard Kaster, is a candidate for the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds Nov. 17.

Stormy Lord’s goal is the Nov. 25 River City Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $100,000.

Excaper was scratched from a scheduled allowance appearance Oct. 19, when the race was taken off the turf.

Stormy Lord was entered in the Oct. 28 Labeeb, a one-mile overnight turf stakes that failed to fill.

Lateegra, who became a stakes winner here for trainer Michael Doyle in the Oct. 6 Carotene, also is looking to Louisville. She is pointing to the Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere on Nov. 17.

The Mrs. Revere is a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Attfield eyes stakes in New York, Florida

As for Attfield, he is sending Kissable to Aqueduct for the $150,000 Long Island Handicap, a Grade 3 turf race for fillies and mares at 1 1/2 miles Nov. 11.

An Irish-bred 5-year-old who races for Three Chimneys Racing and Lordship Stud, Kissable is coming off a solid fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes over 1 1/4 miles of turf here Oct. 14.

Attfield also reports that Forte dei Marmi is heading for Florida’s Payson Park, where he soon will be joined by his trainer, and is scheduled to make his next appearance either in the Nov. 24 W.L. McKnight at Calder or the Dec. 9 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin Race Course.

The Grade 2 W.L. McKnight is a 1 1/2-mile turf race worth $150,000, while the Grade 1 Hong Kong Cup goes at 1 1/4 miles on the grass and is worth $2.8 million.

Forte dei Marmi finished third when making his last start in the Grade 1 Canadian International at 1 1/2 miles on the turf here Oct. 14.

Janicellaine, a close third for Attfield in Keeneland’s Oct. 21 Dowager Stakes over 1 1/2 miles of turf, already is at Payson Park with an eye toward a Calder engagement.

Attfield mentioned the Nov. 22 My Charmer, at 1 1/8 miles, or the Nov. 30 La Prevoyante, at 1 1/2 miles, as possible spots for Janicellaine’s Florida debut.

Both the My Charmer and La Prevoyante are Grade 3 turf stakes for fillies and mares.

Valentino Beauty getting a rest

Valentino Beauty hasn’t made a wrong move yet, winning his two races on turf in impressive style.

And, all being well, Valentino Beauty would have been looking to take his game to a new level here in next Sunday’s Grade 2 Autumn Stakes, a $150,000 race for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

But Valentino Beauty’s Polytrack debut will have to wait as his trainer, Barbara Minshall, will be passing on the Autumn.

“I’m shipping him out,” said Minshall, who conditions the Kentucky-homebred 3-year-old gelding for owner Bruce Lunsford. “I’ve got a lot of sick horses in my barn. He’s probably going to Kentucky, and he might end up with Bill Mott, looking to run somewhere on the turf.”

Valentino Beauty was entered for a $47,500 claiming price when he debuted in a one-mile maiden race here Sept. 1 and came with an impressive late run to score by 3 1/2 lengths.

“He wasn’t a big surprise,” Minshall said. “He’d trained real good.”

Four weeks later, Valentino Beauty set a slow pace under Jim McAleney and made all the running en route to a three-quarter-length victory in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles.

“It was nice to see him come back and win with a different style,” Minshall said.

Valentino Beauty was scheduled to start in a second-level allowance here Oct. 19 that was scheduled for one mile of turf but was switched to the main track.

“I had to scratch him, because he had a bit of a temperature,” Minshall said. “His blood wasn’t right; I had to be cautious. He’s a very nice horse. I had to give him some time.”

Locally based possibilities for the Autumn include Alpha Bettor, City Wolf, Hotep, James Street, Jomelo, Patrioticandproud, and Pender Harbour.

Star Contender tops Coronation

Next Saturday’s card here also will feature the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds on the main track.

Star Contender, who defeated fellow Canadian-breds in the Cup and Saucer over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf here Oct. 20 for trainer Mark Casse, heads the probable lineup for the Coronation Futurity.

Trainer Malcolm Pierce is expected to enter His Race to Win, a troubled fourth in the Cup and Saucer after running second to Star Contender in a mile and 70-yard maiden race.

River Seven, who was looming as the horse to beat in the Coronation Futurity off his three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Grey Stakes here Oct. 7, will not see action again this season.

“We just weren’t happy with the way he was traveling,” said Nick Gonzalez, who trains River Seven for the Tucci Stable of Carlo and Lou Tucci. “We sent him for a scintigraphy and couldn’t really find anything wrong with him, but we’re not going to run him in a race like this if he’s not 100 percent.”

River Seven, an Ontario-bred, will head to nearby Goldmart Farm and then on down to Florida to prepare for a sophomore campaign, with the Queen’s Plate being the ultimate objective.

“We’d like to run him at Gulfstream and then bring him back home through Keeneland,” Gonzalez said.

◗ The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting here Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the third-floor Champions area.

◗ Wednesday’s feature will be the $125,000 Frost King Stakes, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.