06/14/2012 2:02PM

Woodbine: Turallure will skip King Edward in favor of Firecracker


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Turallure, last year’s Woodbine Mile winner, had been under consideration for the June 24 King Edward Stakes but will not be making the trip to Woodbine.

“We’ll be keeping him here, and waiting for the Firecracker,” said trainer Charlie Lopresti when reached at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning.

The $150,000 Firecracker is a Grade 2, one-mile turf race which will be run at Churchill Downs on July 1.

The King Edward, one of six stakes scheduled for the June 24 Queen’s Plate program, also is a Grade 2, one-mile turf race but offers a purse of $250,000.

Meanwhile, Lopresti’s long-term plan for Turallure involves a return trip for the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 16.

“That’s where we hope to be,” said Lopresti.

The news that Turallure will not be participating could have an effect on the fields for both the King Edward and the Grade 2, $200,000 Highlander, a six-furling turf race on the Queen’s Plate undercard.

On the one hand, Turallure’s absence could entice the connections of other shippers to make the trip to Woodbine for the King Edward.

A local ripple effect also could take place with a case in point being Big Band Sound, who had been under consideration for both the King Edward and Highlander.

“I’m preferring the King Edward, but if Turallure isn’t coming that makes my decision easier,” said Danny Vella, who has sent out Big Band Sound to finish second in both the Grade 3 Vigil over seven furlongs of Polytrack and the Grade 2 Connaught Cup over seven furlongs of turf here this spring.

One riding assignment also has been affected as Julien Leparoux, Turallure’s regular partner, has picked up the mount on Trend for the King Edward.

Leparoux already was planning to be here for the mount on Peyton in the $1 million Queen’s Plate.

Trend, trained by Mark Frostad, finished second in both the Grade 3 Canadian Turf and the Grade 3 Appleton over one mile of grass at Gulfstream this past winter.

Leparoux was in the irons for the Appleton after riding Trend to a smart victory over the same course and distance in a first-level allowance race at Gulfstream in his start prior to the Canadian Turf.

Trend went on to finish second in Pimlico’s Grade 2 Dixie over 1 1/8 miles of turf in his last outing on May 19.

Something Extra out with minor injury

Something Extra, the Connaught Cup winner, also had been nominated to both the King Edward and the Highlander.

“My horse has come up with a little something, and he won’t make either race,” said Gail Cox, who trains Something Extra and is the co-owner of the 4-year-old gelding along with John Menary. “Hopefully, it’s nothing much, but I’m going to give him 10 days off.”

It’s been a tough spring for the Cox stable as Hard Not to Like, who had been heading to the Queen’s Plate, was sent to the farm with an unspecified issue early this month.

“This hasn’t been my year,” said Cox.

Colleen’s Sailor breezes slowly

Colleen’s Sailor, a Queen’s Plate candidate from the barn of trainer Roger Attfield, breezed six furlongs in 1:15 here Thursday morning, going in company with stablemate Sir McIntyre.

Alex Solis was in the irons as Colleen’s Sailor was clocked in 50 seconds for his opening half-mile and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.80 after reeling in Sir McIntyre, who had broke off in front and was timed in 1:16.60 under exercise rider Darren Fortune.

“It was just a nice easy breeze,” said Attfield, who took over as the conditioner of Colleen’s Sailor this spring for the Terra di Sienne Stable of Sal and Colleen Simeone. “It could have been a lot stronger, but he’ll be okay.”

Solis has the mount on the Woodbine Oaks winner Irish Mission for the Queen’s Plate while Colleen’s Sailor will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Attfield could breeze Colleen’s Sailor again next week or let the colt gallop up to the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate.

“I’ll let him tell me,” said Attfield.

Colleen’s Sailor is heading into the Queen’s Plate off a victory going 1 1/8 miles in a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds here May 27.

Crown’s Path candidate to improve

Greg De Gannes, who will send out Jenny’s So Great for Saturday’s Zadracarta Stakes, also will be represented in Sunday’s $125,000 Steady Growth with Crown’s Path among the eight entrants in the 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Crown’s Path, a homebred 4-year-old colt who races for Josef and Maria Stritzl, wound up his 2011 campaign on a high note by becoming a stakes winner in the restricted Sir Barton at 1 1/16 miles.

Now, after finishing off the board in his first two starts of the meeting, Crown’s Path should be ready to put a better foot forward with this return to the company and distance of his stakes score.

“We had to run him against nonwinners of two other than, and there have been some very talented horses in there,” said De Gannes.

“He breezed quite well last Saturday, and came out of it good. This will be his third start of the layoff, and he’s coming to himself.”

Crown’s Path’s opposition in the Steady Growth will include Pender Harbour, last year’s champion 3-year-old male, who will be making his second start of the season after finishing ninth of 11 in the Grade 3 Eclipse at 1 1/16 miles here May 26.