09/10/2006 11:00PM

Young Dom gets relief after solid Breeders' effort


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Young Dom had a trouble-filled trip when he finished fourth in the $502,000 Breeders' Stakes on Aug. 6. He should be tough if things go his way in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a first-level allowance on the turf.

Young Dom, trained by Debbie England, won his maiden going about 1 1/4 miles in his grass debut in June. He finished seventh in a subsequent 1 3/8-mile allowance, though, and went into the Breeders' as one of the outsiders in the 10-horse field.

Young Dom was a little rank in the early stages of the 1 1/2-mile Breeders' and was blocked behind rivals on the far turn and early in the drive. After getting bumped in midstretch, he held his ground and was beaten just two lengths by Royal Challenger, who subsequently dead-heated for first in an allowance prep for the Ontario Derby.

Shillelagh Slew, the third-place finisher in the Breeders', won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands in his next appearance. Uncle Max, who was just behind Young Dom in fifth, returned to finish a close second in the Vice Regent Stakes.

Since the Breeders', Young Dom has been scratched from two races, both of which were taken off the grass. He cuts back to 1 1/8 miles on Wednesday, and journeyman Richard Dos Ramos retains the mount.

Other possibilities in Wednesday's first race include Andalusian, High Table, Oracle of Omaha, and Seeking Shelter.

Andalusian nearly captured a nine-furlong allowance in June, but was substandard in two subsequent efforts, both in longer allowances. He worked a half-mile in 48.80 seconds last Saturday over the all-weather track for trainer Brian Lynch, who has a 29 percent win rate at the meeting.

High Table put it all together going nine furlongs in his fourth turf attempt Aug. 12, when he rallied inside to prevail over two next-out winners, King of Lore and Etruscan.

Oracle of Omaha was prominent early before finishing seventh last time out in the restricted With Approval Stakes. He was previously a closing third in a nine-furlong allowance, and he had a good five-furlong breeze over the Polytrack last Wednesday.

Seeking Shelter showed little when he came off the sidelines in a recent turf sprint. His trainer, Malcolm Pierce, won several grass events last week and also took the Grade 3 Seaway with Hide and Chic.

* The Pick 7, which encompasses race 2-8, has a carryover of $15,334.