08/21/2013 1:52PM

Woodbine notes: Something Extra sidelined by bone bruising

Michael Burns
Something Extra, who successfully defended his title in the Grade 2 Connaught Cup in May, will miss the rest of the Woodbine meeting due to bone bruising.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Something Extra, who had been pointing to Sunday’s Play the King Stakes, will miss the balance of the meeting.

“He has bone bruising,” said Gail Cox, who trains Something Extra and owns the Kentucky-bred 5-year-old gelding in partnership with John Menary. “He went very well in his last breeze; I was on him. But for the next couple of weeks, he just didn’t seem to be himself. He was perfectly sound and training well, but his attitude was different.

“We were lucky we got him in for a scintigraphy pretty quickly, and we’re very happy we figured it out before we did try to run him, because he’s a valuable horse.”

Something Extra won the Grade 2 Connaught Cup, a seven-furlong turf race, for the second consecutive year here May 26. Favored in his next race, the six-furlong Highlander Stakes on July 7, Something Extra wound up finishing seventh on Polytrack after the race was moved from grass to the main track due to rain.

Cox plans to have Something Extra with her at Payson Park again this winter, with an eye toward a return at Gulfstream Park.

Contenders for sales stakes breeze

A number of horses had their final tune-ups here Wednesday for the six-race yearling sales stakes program here next Wednesday night.

Black Hornet turned in the most impressive move, breezing five furlongs in a bullet 58 seconds under regular rider Justin Stein in preparation for the six-furlong, $125,000 Kenora for 3-year-olds and up.

“He’s going in perfect,” said trainer Pat Parente, who has sent out Black Hornet to defeat fellow Ontario-bred 3-year-olds in the seven-furlong Queenston and six-furlong Achievement stakes at this meet.

Bear’s Chill, the defending champion in the Kenora, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 with Luis Contreras in the irons.

“He galloped out good,” trainer Sid Attard said.

Nikkis Smarty Pants, a 4-year-old filly who is nominated to the Kenora and to the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes for fillies and mares here Aug. 31, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 with Eurico Rosa Da Silva aboard for trainer Bob Tiller.

Trainer Reade Baker sent out the Kenora-bound Bear No Joke to breeze five furlongs on the dirt training track in 1:01.20 and Bear’s Gem to breeze the same distance in 1:01. Bear’s Gem is eyeing the $125,000 Algoma, the 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares.

Dixie Strike, who will be favored in the Algoma, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Polytrack under exercise rider Jason Hoyte. Trained by Mark Casse, Dixie Strike was beaten a nose when making her 2013 debut in the open Sweet Briar Too Stakes at seven furlongs here July 6.

Tee Game, the defending champion in the Algoma for trainer Sam DiPasquale, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 with Todd Kabel aboard.

Let’s Forget It, also nominated to the Algoma, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 for trainer Paul Buttigieg.

Ultimate Destiny, perfect in three starts this year for owner and trainer Alec Fehr, breezed five furlongs in 59.40 under Kabel with an eye toward the 1 1/16-mile Elgin, the $125,000 yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings ages 3 and up.

“It all went quite well,” said Fehr, who had watched Ultimate Destiny finish a strong second in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup here Aug. 3 only to be declared a non-starter by the stewards, who ruled that his starting stall had opened prematurely.

Fehr also nominated Ultimate Destiny to the $125,000 Halton, the yearling sales stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.

“I considered running on the grass,” Fehr said. “The way he’s running right now, with speed in front of him, the long stretch might benefit him. But if he didn’t win, I’d be kicking myself for not going in the Elgin, so I’ll save that for another day.”

Seeley’s Bay, trained by DiPasquale, breezed five furlongs in 59.20 under Tyler Pizarro with an eye toward the Halton.

Courtville, also Halton-bound, breezed four furlongs in 49 for trainer Laurie Silvera with regular rider Omar Moreno in the saddle.

Renegade Man, nominated to both the Elgin and Halton, breezed five furlongs in 59.20 for trainer Mike Doyle.

On Rainbow Bridge, who will look for her third straight stakes win in the $200,000 Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 with regular rider Skye Chernetz up.

“I wanted her to go real easy, and that was real easy,” trainer Dave Cotey said.

Chernetz, Woodbine’s leading apprentice, also has picked up the mount on Riding the River for the Grade 2, $200,000 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf.

Kabel, who has been Riding the River’s regular rider, will pilot Valentino Beauty for trainer Barb Minshall in the Play the King.

Paladin Bay, second to On Rainbow Bridge in both the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well and the six-furlong Nandi, breezed four furlongs in 48 in preparation for Round 3 under regular rider Gerry Olguin.

“The jockey said, ‘This is our race,’ – that he’s never felt her go so good,” trainer Harold Ladouceur said.

Skylander Girl, pointing to the Muskoka, breezed four furlongs on the turf training course in 48.20 under regular rider Jim McAleney. Owned and trained by Al Patykewich, Skylander Girl defeated males in the open Victoria Stakes at five furlongs and took the open Ontario Debutante when facing her own gender at six furlongs Aug. 10.

Iron Wolf, an impressive first-out winner for Parente, had been nominated to both the $200,000 Simcoe, the 6 1/2-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings, and Saturday’s $125,000 Swynford, an open, seven-furlong race. But Iron Wolf is on the farm, with Parente hoping the gelding will be ready for some Ontario-sired stakes this fall.

Iron Wolf had been entered in the open Colin Stakes, a six-furlong race here Aug. 11, but was scratched.

“He got cast in his stall that day,” Parente said. “He had a few scratches on him, but he just wasn’t himself after that.”

Big Band Sound retired

Big Band Sound, who became a stakes winner with an emphatic 2 1/2-length score in last year’s Play the King, has been retired.

“He has some arthritis, and we figured it’s time to find a home for him at stud,” said Danny Vella, who trained Big Band Sound for Kendel Standlee and Richard Shultz, who bred the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred.

Big Band Sound banked $403,899 with a record of 5-4-3 from 23 starts.

Prior to winning the Play the King, Big Band Sound had finished second in four consecutive stakes here – the six-furlong Jacques Cartier and the Grade 3, seven-furlong Vigil on Polytrack and the Connaught Cup and the Grade 2, one-mile King Edward on turf.

Big Band Sound was unplaced in three starts this season.