08/30/2012 1:07PM

Woodbine: Vice Regent best option for Ultimate Destiny

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Michael Burns
Ultimate Destiny was nominated for three races, but will run in the Vice Regent.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mike Keogh had plenty of options this weekend for Ultimate Destiny, who was nominated to three stakes here at Woodbine.

First up was Sunday’s $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds. Having been purchased for $16,000 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s select local yearling sale, Ultimate Destiny also could have raced in the $125,000 Elgin for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack or in the $125,000 Halton for 3-year-olds and upward over one mile of turf.

In the end, the decision was not that complicated and Ultimate Destiny will go postward in the Vice Regent.

“It’s tough to pass up on a race for Ontario-sired horses in your own age group,” said Keogh.

Ultimate Destiny raced in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown and finished fifth here in the Queen’s Plate over 1 1/4 miles of Polytrack, second in Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales over 1 3/16 miles of dirt, and eighth here in the Breeders’ at 1 1/2 miles on the turf.

The Breeders’ was Ultimate Destiny’s first race on the grass.

“I wasn’t quite sure how he handled the turf in the Breeders’,” said Keogh, who conditions Ultimate Destiny for Brenda Selwyn-Waxman. “He works good on turf, and looks good on it. I haven’t come across too many horses who didn’t like it. I’m hoping that it was just that the mile and a half was too far with him.”

Regular rider Steven Bahen retains the mount on Ultimate Destiny in the Vice Regent, which attracted a field of seven, headed by multiple stakes winner Jenna’s Wabbit.

Also in the lineup are Courtville, Dr. Harkness, Locally Made, Run in Aruba, and Seen It All Before.

Welloiledmachine will run in Halton

Keogh also had options with Welloiledmachine nominated to both the Elgin and Halton. And while Welloiledmachine has won on both surfaces his race of choice will be the Halton.

“I think he’s a better horse on turf, when it comes right down to it,” said Keogh, who conditions the 4-year-old gelding Welloiledmachine for Christine and Dennis Windsor. “They’re calling for some rain, too, and he won the Vice Regent last year on yielding turf.”

Regular rider Jim McAleney has the mount on Welloiledmachine, who was purchased for $17,000 at the open local yearling sale and has banked $248,272.

Medidocihospisurg, Quick Code look to repeat

Medidocihospisurg and Quick Code, the respective winners of the Elgin and the six-furlong Kenora on yearling sales stakes day here last year, breezed on Thursday and will be looking to defend their titles on Monday.

Tyler Pizarro was aboard Medidocihospisurg, who was timed in 37.40 seconds after breaking from the gate on the main track.

Medidocihospisurg, a 7-year-old gelding who is owned by his trainer, Steven Chircop, and Joe Petrella, was well back in Grade 3 stakes when making his last two starts, the latest being the 1 1/16-mile Seagram here Aug. 4.

“I sent him to the farm for a couple of weeks to freshen him up,” said Chircop. “The heat was really getting to him. He just wasn’t handling it.”

Quick Code, conditioned by Mike DePaulo, worked three furlongs on the training track in 36 under exercise rider Andy Jones.

A 4-year-old gelding who was purchased for $20,000 at the select sale, Quick Code finished last of eight in his last start when running for the $62,500 tag in an second-level optional claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

“He sort of ran a poor race there, but he had an excuse,” said DePaulo, who also owns Quick Code with Bob Stevens and Rob Jackson. “I think we’ve rectified the situation. “

Baker expects better from Janbear

Janbear, trained by Reade Baker, breezed three furlongs in 35.20 on the training track here Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s Muskoka, the $200,000 yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 61/2 furlongs.

Steven Bahen was aboard for the drill and has picked up the mount on Janbear, who was purchased for $22,000 at the local select sale and resold for $50,000 in Ocala this past April.

Janbear, owned by Danny Dion’s Bear Stable, has raced just once, finishing a well-beaten fifth in a six-furlong maiden race here Aug. 4.

“It was a lackluster performance,” said Baker. “She’s worked much better than she raced. I positively expect more from her this time.”

Excaper set for Saratoga’s Saranac

Emma-Jayne Wilson will be at Saratoga on Sunday to ride Excaper for trainer Ian Black in the Saranac Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Excaper, who arrived at Saratoga Wednesday night, is coming off a sharp first-level allowance score over one mile of turf here July 29.

A Kentucky-bred owned by Richard Kaster and Frederick Wieting, Excaper has placed in five stakes, including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.

Woodbine-based horses have fared well in Saranacs past with Shoal Water winning in 2003 for trainer Mark Frostad, Jambalaya taking the 2005 edition for Catherine-Day Phillips, and Marlang showing the way in 2008 for Debbie England.

Those Saranacs were run over 1 3/16 miles of turf with the current distance having been adopted last year.

Attfield pair headed to Saratoga

Kissable and Thislilsoulofmine, both based here with trainer Roger Attfield, are slated to compete in Monday’s Glens Falls at Saratoga. The Glens Falls, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Kissable an Irish-bred 4-year-old who joined Attfield’s string this spring, will be making her second trip to Saratoga after winning the Waya over 1 1/2 miles of yielding turf on Aug. 6. John Velazquez retains the mount.

Thislilsoulofmine, a 4-year-old who was bred in Ontario by her owner Chuck Fipke, knocked out her second allowance condition over 1 1/8 miles of turf in her most recent start here July 20. Julien Leparoux has the call.