06/14/2012 1:05PM

Woodbine: Team Valor 2-year-old purchase ships in to face males in Victoria Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Impressive debut winner Allaboutcaroline will ship in and take on the boys Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Victoria Stakes, and she should be odds-on in the five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds.

Allaboutcaroline romped in her only start April 13 at Keeneland, winning a 4 1/2-furlong maiden dash by nearly six lengths, in a rapid time of 50.50 seconds, for trainer Eric Reed. She was subsequently sold to Team Valor International, and her new trainer is Wesley Ward, who won the 2010 Victoria with eventual Canadian champion 2-year-old Madman Diaries.

Ward planned on running Allaboutcaroline later this month at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, but the trip to England was scrapped after heavy rainfall soaked the Ascot course. She is now being pointed towards the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes in England on July 13, and Ward felt the Victoria fits better into her schedule than running her here next weekend in the My Dear Stakes for fillies.

“It’s a long 12-hour ship to Woodbine from Keeneland,” Ward explained. “I want to give her that extra week to recover before we send her to Newmarket.”

Kent Desormeaux was named on Allaboutcaroline, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Value Plus and minor stakes winner Goldleafed Mirror.

Trainer Ricky Griffith’s 2-year-olds have made an impact during the early portion of the meet, and he entered Ray’s Away and Dan the Tin Man in the Victoria.

Ray’s Away was beaten a nose when second to Uncaptured after racing forwardly in his debut in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special May 13.

“He’s a big horse, who doesn’t necessarily want to go four and a half, or even five-eighths,” said Griffith. “But he’s so mature, that we just figured to go ahead and get a race into him, and it was a positive result. He’s got some ability, and hopefully a bright future ahead of him. I bought him in October, and had him in Florida. He’s always been good to be around. He has some class.”

Dan the Tin Man, a first-time starter by Songandaprayer, has recorded several above-average half-mile works on the Polytrack.

Just two others were entered, Honorable Guest and Thats Our Princess.

Honorable Guest rallied for second in his first start, in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special May 21. His trainer, Mark Casse, has won the Victoria twice.

First-timer Thats Our Princess, like Allaboutcaroline, was supplemented at a cost of $3,000. A daughter of freshman sire Curlin, Thats Our Princess is a half-sister to Victoria winner Vibank.