09/05/2011 12:00PM

Woodbine: Welloiledmachine shows a little bit of his father in Vice Regent Stakes

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Michael Burns
Welloiledmachine, a son of Mobil, wins Saturday’s Vice Regent Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Christine Windsor fell head over heels for Mobil when grooming that horse for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh.

But after Mobil wound up his highly successful racing career and headed off to the breeding shed, Windsor eventually went in search of a surrogate and found it in the form of the horse who would become known as Welloiledmachine.

“I just wanted to get one of his babies, specifically,” said Windsor, who became a first-time owner in partnership with her husband, Dennis Windsor, after purchasing Welloiledmachine for $17,000 at the preferred session of the local yearling sale. “I didn’t really want to own anybody else.”

On Sunday, Welloiledmachine added a lucrative chapter to the tale by becoming a stakes winner for the Windsors and Keogh in the $125,000 Vice Regent.

Welloiledmachine was doubling up under regular rider Jim McAleney in the one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds after capturing a restricted first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles in his turf debut here Aug. 12.

“I just started crying,” said Windsor, who has been with the Schickedanz outfit since 1992 and with Keogh since he took over there the following year. “It was like watching his daddy run.”

Helping the Windsors cheer on Welloiledmachine was their 18-month-old son, Tristan. Dennis Windsor pointed out that both horse and child were born March 1.

Keogh had been looking forward to trying Welloiledmachine on the turf, but had postponed the move when the Windsors wanted to run the gelding in Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales Stakes, a 1 3/16-mile dirt race in which he finished fifth.

“He’d trained well on the dirt here,” said Keogh, who does much of his morning work on the training track. “I don’t think he’s a Polytrack horse; I try not to even train him on it.

“Now, I don’t see any reason to take him off the turf. We’ll have to look at the Bunty Lawless.”

The $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up, will be run here Oct. 22.

Decision pays off for Atlantic Hurricane

Atlantic Hurricane hadn’t even been scheduled to run in last Saturday’s Seaway, which was a seven-furlong Polytrack stakes for fillies and mares.

After being claimed for $40,000 by trainer Stuart Simon here May 22, Atlantic Hurricane had rattled off back-to-back victories over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf, with the first coming with a $60,000 claiming price and the second without the tag in a second-level optional claimer.

“I just wanted to keep her away from the bear bears for another start,” said Simon, who owns Atlantic Hurricane in partnership with Brent and Russ McClellan and Carl Hollick.

“I’d entered her in the prep for the Canadian and in a three-other-than on the turf, and in a three-other-than on Polytrack. But none of the races went.”

So Simon anted up $3,000 to supplement Atlantic Hurricane to the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway and was rewarded when the 4-year-old romped home by 4 1/2 lengths under regular rider Emile Ramsammy.

“I would rather have kept her on turf, but when it came down to it, I thought if we had to run her on Polytrack, we might as well do it there,” said Simon.

“You could wait for a month for a turf race, then have it rain and be taken off.”

Atlantic Hurricane’s only previous try on the synthetic surface had come in her seasonal bow, when she finished second in the $40,000 conditioned claimer and was haltered by Simon.

“That was her first start in eight months,” said Simon, a 48-year-old native of Saskatchewan who paid his dues in his home province and in Alberta before moving to Woodbine in 2009.

“She’d trained so well over the Poly, but I thought our horse would have to run a freakishly good race to run as good as she had on turf.”

Atlantic Hurricane did just that, recording a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 92 while giving Simon the most important win of his career with his first Woodbine stakes starter. The win boosted Atlantic Hurricane’s earnings to $164,760 in her three wins for her new connections.

The previous highlight of Simon’s career, which began at the former Regina track in 1983, had come with Sovacianto in the 1995 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

Atlantic Hurricane’s immediate victim in the Seaway was the shipper Embur’s Song, who was favored at 2-5 while riding the crest of a four-race win streak that included three Grade 3 stakes.

Prior to the Seaway, Simon had been looking toward a pair of $100,000 overnight turf stakes, the seven-furlong Avowal on Oct. 1 and the one-mile River Memories on Oct. 29, for Atlantic Hurricane’s next starts.

And while those races remain on the radar, Atlantic Hurricane’s Polytrack prowess has opened up new pathways.

“It’s kind of just blown the waters wide open,” Simon said. “It looks like two turns wouldn’t be out of the question. I guess it’s a good problem for a guy to have.”

Hollinger works for Woodbine Mile

Hollinger breezed five furlongs in 1:01 here Sunday in company with Lady Shakespeare and is scheduled to make his next start in the Woodbine Mile, a Grade 1, $1 million turf race Sept. 18.

“The owners want to give him a shot in there,” said Roger Attfield, who trains the homebred Hollinger for owners Bob Harvey and Al Wortzman. “He’s doing really, really well.”

Hollinger was Canada’s champion 2-year-old male in 2009, but had his sophomore campaign cut short by injury and is winless in four starts this year.

Lady Shakespeare, a homebred 5-year-old mare owned by Chuck Fipke, has been off since winning Belmont’s Grade 2 New York Stakes on June 19, 2010, and is gearing up for her comeback.

◗ Laertes, an impressive maiden winner over seven furlongs of turf for Attfield and owner John Fort here Aug. 12, has been forced to the sidelines.

“It’s a semi-minor thing,” Attifleld said. “He just needs some time. He’s a nice horse; I’m not going to do anything wrong by him.”

Laertes, an Ontario-bred son of Shakespeare, was purchased for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale in February.