11/30/2012 2:28PM

Woodbine: Tiller sends trio of geldings in Kingarvie Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Bob Tiller has a trio of geldings for Sunday’s $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes – Jade Dragon, Power Phil, and Smells Like Gold. A case could be made for all three of them in the 1 1/16-mile route for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds at Woodbine.

Jade Dragon was loaded for bear first time out in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special June 3, which he won comfortably. He went to the sidelines after getting drilled in the June 30 Clarendon Stakes and was a well-beaten third against $40,000 claimers when he resurfaced Aug. 29.

After a double-digit loss in the six-furlong Bull Page, Jade Dragon closed for second to favored Honorable Guest in another Ontario-sired stakes, the seven-furlong Frost King.

“He’s looking to go further,” Tiller said. “He has been all year. He’s a sound, happy horse, and we just couldn’t get him in going further.”

Power Phil earned his diploma second time out in a seven-furlong maiden special Oct. 8. He was let go at 11-1 in the Nov. 7 Frost King, but ran creditably to finish three lengths back in third. A son of stamina sire Philanthropist, he should welcome the longer distance.

“He’s in good order,” Tiller said. “He should run well.”

Jade Dragon and Power Phil both worked five-eighths in a bullet 1:01.20 over the Polytrack on Nov. 23.

“They breezed along together and worked well,” Tiller said.

The unbeaten Smells Like Gold rallied to capture both of his races around two turns, against $20,000 maidens and $32,000 claimers.

“We’re taking a shot with him,” Tiller said. “There’s nowhere else to run him. He’s already proven that he’ll go long.”

Pyrite Mountain, a maiden trained by Mark Frostad, should be in the hunt. He came charging wide from eight lengths back to lose his only start by a head in a seven-furlong maiden special Nov. 4, registering a 65 Beyer Speed Figure.

“He ran good in that open race,” Frostad said. “The added distance won’t hurt him. If he had a little farther to go the other day, he could have won. He’s been training well. He should run well.”

Niigon’s Glory closed inside to prevail by 2 1/2 lengths in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special for Ontario-sired stock Nov. 11. His trainer, Rachel Halden, guided another 2-year-old offspring of Niigon, Nipissing, to an unbeaten campaign this year.

Highland Bay and Major Production finished one-two, respectively, in an Ontario-sired maiden special route Oct. 17.