Updated on 09/16/2011 9:15AM

Ariel's Melody runs in family


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Aug. 5 had to be a sentimental day for owner Connie Attard. It was her first visit to Woodbine since the death last fall of her husband, trainer Joe Attard, and she won the Victoriana Stakes with Ariel's Melody, a filly Joe once trained.

Ariel's Melody, who is now trained by Joe and Connie's son Steve, should be well backed in Sunday's La Prevoyante Stakes, for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. Five others were entered in the one-mile grass race, worth $129,625.

Steve Attard paid just $3,200 for Ariel's Melody as a yearling, and ended up turning the filly over to his father to train.

"She ran good for him as a 2-year-old," Steve Attard recalled. "She worked really good on the grass earlier this year, so we tried her on it."

Ariel's Melody was a troubled second in her turf debut, in a seven-furlong allowance on July 12, and led most of the way winning the Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares that came up weak.

Most recently, in the 1 1/8-mile Belle Geste Stakes, Ariel's Melody stalked a quick pace, and ended up third behind Noble Strike and Soundtrack.

"We thought we'd try and rate her a little last time, but she was way too sharp," Attard said. "I thought she ran well. The two horses in front of her, who set the pace, both stopped, and she was trying right to the end. I think a mile will suit her better."

Constant Montpellier will ride Ariel's Melody, who is co-owned by Paul Bhupaul.

Completing the La Prevoyante lineup will be Light the Path, Heyahohowdy, Irish Line, Spanish Decree, and Simply Precious.

Spanish Decree should challenge after stalking the speed of Irish Line and Light the Path. She captured the Lady Angela Stakes on the main track in the spring, and has since placed in four other stakes for owner/trainer Frank Huarte.

Heyahohowdy, who beat Spanish Decree when she won the July 17 Passing Mood Stakes on the grass, was freshened by trainer Norm DeSouza after running third in the July 31 Eternal Search Stakes on the main track.

Irish Line, trained by Steve Attard's brother-in-law, Mike DePaulo, blazed a trail on the front end when she won her maiden on the grass on Aug. 21, covering 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.

o Win City and A Fleets Dancer, both 2001 Canadian champions, will clash in Sunday's supporting feature, a 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the Grade 3 Durham Cup Handicap on Oct. 5.

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