08/03/2009 11:00PM

Alabama to get northern exposure

Michael Burns
Milwaukee Appeal wins the Woodbine Oaks. She hit the board in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It appears that there will be a strong Canadian theme for Saratoga's Alabama Stakes on Aug. 22.

Milwaukee Appeal is the latest Woodbine-based filly to toss her hat into the ring for the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Scott Fairlie, Milwaukee Appeal could join Tasty Temptation and Careless Jewel on the road from Woodbine to Saratoga.

Milwaukee Appeal, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, followed up with a close third-place finish in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate and a very near miss in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

"We shed-rowed her for a week or so after that race," said Fairlie, who sent out Milwaukee Appeal to breeze four furlongs in 49.60 seconds on July 27 and was planning another workout for this week.

Tasty Temptation, trained by Mark Casse, finished second in the Woodbine Oaks and fourth in the Queen's Plate before capturing the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles on turf in her last start.

Careless Jewel has won 3 of her 4 outings, with the most recent being a 7 1/2-length romp in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks over 1 1/16 miles.

A Kentucky-bred, Careless Jewel is owned by Donver Stable and trained here by Josie Carroll.

Cawaja Beach retired

Cawaja Beach, undefeated in four starts at 2 and a finalist in the Sovereign Award voting for her division last year, has been retired.

The Ontario-sired filly, who is trained by Scott Fairlie, had suffered a lesion in a tendon last fall and finished fourth in her first start in almost 10 months and her turf debut, the Passing Mood here July 22.

"She fractured her sesamoid," said Fairlie, who also is a co-owner and co-breeder of Cawaja Beach. "It looked to be operable, but we made the decision to retire her."

Cawaja Beach won the Shady Well, Nandi, and Victorian Queen, last year, earning $283,500.

"Right now we're planning on keeping her, but we have a lot of choices," said Fairlie. "We'll probably end up breeding her, to race or to sell."

Cawaja Beach's 2-year-old full brother, Who's Big Daddy, could make his third consecutive stakes appearance here in Sunday's $150,000 Vandal, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

Who's Big Daddy won the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon for Ontario-foals here July 4 and then missed by a neck in the open Colin at six furlongs.

Fatal Bullet heads to Spa

Fatal Bullet left Woodbine on Tuesday for his engagement in the Grade 2, $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga this Sunday.

Winner of the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture here in his only start this season, Fatal Bullet was assigned 120 pounds for the six-furlong Vanderbilt and will have his regular rider, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, in the irons.

The Baker stable also will be active on the home front this weekend, with High Mist slated for Saturday's $150,000 Duchess for 3-year-old fillies and Fastin Bear heading for Sunday's Vandal.

High Mist would be cutting back to seven furlongs for the Duchess after running third in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City here June 28.

"I don't think she wants to go that far," said Baker, who had sent out High Mist to finish second in the seven-furlong Fury in her start prior to the Bison City.

High Mist breezed five furlongs in 1:00 on the training track here last Saturday.

"She's working brilliantly," said Baker.

Fastin Bear, a $95,000 buy at the local select sale, scored by a nose when he debuted in a five-furlong maiden special here July 5.

Southern Pride and D's Wando, the second- and third-place finishers there, came back to run one-two in a maiden race here last Saturday.

"He's a nice horse," said Baker, who sent out Fastin Bear to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.20 on the training track here Sunday. "He'll run better this time."

Another upsetter from Attfield

Trainer Roger Attfield, who had won Sunday's Breeders' Stakes with the 46-1 Perfect Shower, pulled another rabbit out of his hat, sending out Palladio to win Monday's Grade 3, $152,150 Seagram Cup for a $29.80 mutuel.

Palladio, a Kentucky-bred 7-year-old, was making his first start since being injured during the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream but disposed of some solid opposition when scoring by 1 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup.

"He'd been training very well into the race," said Attfield. "I thought I had him tight enough, but when they've been away that long there's always a question."

Palladio won his sixth stakes in the Seagram Cup, all under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos. His Beyer Speed Figure of 99 is the third-best from his 31 career starts.

Last year Palladio followed up a season-opening third in the Seagram Cup with a last-of-seven finish in the Woodbine Mile, an effort which Attfield attributed to the yielding going.

"I wouldn't be afraid to try turf again with him, but it would be up to the owners," said Attfield.

"I haven't really looked past getting him back."

Two set for stakes

Attfield could be looking to continue his stakes roll this weekend, with Ushuaia a possibility for Saturday's $150,000 Duchess and Sligovitz and Society's Chairman being candidates for Sunday's $100,000 With Approval.

The Duchess is a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, while the With Approval is an overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and upward over one mile on turf and would require a field of at least five to be carded.

Ushuai has raced just twice, winning her maiden over 6 1/2 furlongs here June 25 and then finishing third in a first-level allowance at six furlongs on July 22.

Sligovitz finished second last time out in the 1 1/4-mile turf prep for the Nijinsky, while Society's Chairman ended fourth in the Ontario Jockey Club over seven furlongs of turf.

Societys' Chairman would have to be supplemented to the With Approval, at a cost of $2,000.