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Woodbine: Victoriana repeat may have been Impossible Time's curtain call
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Impossible Time, defending her title in the Victoriana Stakes, capped a 3-for-3 day for trainer Roger Attfield here at Woodbine last Sunday.
“A perfect day is always okay, and it had been kind of slow for a while,” said Attfield, who also sent out Smart Penny to win her maiden and Mobilizer to score under second-level allowance terms to run his record to 5 for 8 here for the week.
Attfield conditions Impossible Time, who is a 6-year-old mare, for her owner and breeder Chuck Fipke.
Mobilizer, a 4-year-old colt, and Smart Penny, a 3-year-old filly, are homebreds who race for Stronach Stable.
“I’m so proud of all of them,” said Attfield. “That filly has been so good to me; I kind of have a soft spot for her.”
Impossible Time, who was Canada’s champion older female of 2010, has attracted even more attention this year due to the fact that she is in foal to Speightstown.
After being bred while in training at Keeneland this spring, Impossible Time has passed the 100-day mark of her pregnancy and was making her second appearance in her altered state after ending third in the Zadracarata over seven furlongs of turf here June 18.
Her victory in the Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, brought Impossible Time’s record to 9-3-2 for earnings of $603,895 in a 17-start racing career which may now be over.
“I’ll talk to Chuck about it, and see what he wants to do,” said Attfield.
Impossible Time was ridden Jesse Campbell, who was teaming up with Attfield for the first time.
Jono Jones, who had been Impossible Time’s regular partner, recently returned to the Barbados with his career possibly having reached its end.
“I suddenly didn’t have a rider, and I knew this kid rides well,” said Attfield.
Mobilizer scored impressively in his 1 1/16-mile race, which was his second win of the season but his first at Woodbine since winning his maiden last May.
“He’d trained superbly, and I thought he should air in there if he put his mind to it a little bit,” said Attfield.
Mobilizer had just missed in the Plate Trial here last year but then finished a distant 10th as the lukewarm favorite in the Queen’s Plate. He then was absent for nine months before returning with a win in a first-level allowance over one mile of turf at Gulfstream this April.
“He still has his three-other-than, but he’s a stakes-caliber horse,” said Attfield.
Smart Penny, whose win also came at 1 1/16 miles, was making her fourth career start and has been favored on each occasion, once as part of an entry.
“She’s by Smart Strike, so she kind of figures to get better as she gets older,” said Attfield.
Tu Endie Wei will await Mazarine
Tu Endie Wei, who a half-sister to recently retired Canadian champion Biofuel, invoked superlatives and earned an eye-catching Beyer Speed Figure of 91 for her debut win here in the June 25 My Dear Stakes.
Last Saturday Tu Endie Wei kept her perfect record intact in the Ontario Debutante, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.
And, although her performance was less spectacular, Tu Endie Wei showed adaptability and courage in her half-length victory under regular rider Jim McAleney.
“I was more nervous going into this race than I was the time before,” said Reade Baker, who trains the Kentucky-bred Tu Endie Wei for her owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones.
Tu Endie Wei had come from well back in the five-furlong My Dear, which featured an unsustainable pace, but Baker had a different plan for the Ontario Debutante.
“I thought we’d show speed, down on the inside,” said Baker, who had watched Tu Endie Wei begin from post 2 in the field of six.
“I didn’t want to her to get stopped, down on the inside. When you run a horse like that you don’t want to get beat, at 1-5.”
Tu Endie Wei, who earned an 83 Beyer for her Ontario Debutante score, now will get a bit of a breather before gearing up for the $200,000 Mazarine, a 1 1/16 mile race for 2-year-old fillies here Oct. 8.
“She came out of this race better than her first race,” said Baker. “She’s in great shape, and in a great frame of mind.
“She’s a wonderful filly, and very precocious.”
Riley Ripasso gives trainer get-well gift
Riley Ripasso became a stakes winner here in last Saturday’s $100,000 With Approval, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and upward.
Owned by her breeder, Dr. Brian Van Arem, in partnership with John Scott and Kevin Hall, Riley Ripasso also was providing a major lift for his trainer, Deborah England, who had been seriously injured in a morning accident here slightly more than three weeks ago.
“I broke my pelvis in three places,” said England, who had been unseated by her mount after losing a stirrup when the horse was spooked. “I’m getting better all the time.”
Riley Ripasso, a 4-year-old colt, had entered his current campaign as a maiden after five starts but now is 3 for 4 after starting off this season with turf wins in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race and a 1 1/8-mile first-level allowance.
His only loss came at the hands of the streaking City Wolf, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt who also would appear to have stakes in his future for his owner/breeder Stronach Stable and his trainer, Reade Baker.
“He just needed to grow up,” said England, who had made it to the infield stakes winner’s circle on Saturday with the aid of a wheelchair and posed for the winning photo on crutches.
“He showed us that he could run, but he was a very immature horse last year. He just needed lots of time.”
England is unsure of her next move with Riley Ripasso.
“There’s not really not much for him,” she said.
Wooly Bear targets Canadian Stakes
Wooly Bear and Stormy Illusion, a pair of consistent mares, both have contributed turf allowance wins to the England stable’s cause this season.
But while Wooly Bear will be looking to run here in Sunday’s allowance prep for the Canadian Stakes, Stormy Illusion will not see action again this season.
“I had to stop on her; she got hurt a little bit,” said England.
Wooly Bear breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 on the training track turf course here Sunday in preparation for the $89,400 Canadian prep, which is a 1 1/16- mile turf race for fillies and mares.